Offensively, the Astros are officially back to BEAST MODE! After pounding hard the Mariners on Friday 12-3, they defeated them again on Saturday with a 15-1 score to secure this series at Minute Maid Park. 15 hits and nine extra-bases made it for Houston to get its third win in a row.
While Jake Odorizzi was dominating on the mound, the offense guys were smashing and smashing rookie Logan Gilbert and anyone brave enough to pitch for the Mariners. This was the second time in 2021 that the Astros have scored at least 10 runs in consecutive games. It also happened on June 23 and 24.
This time, Carlos Correa got it going in the first with an RBI grounder after José Altuve kicked off the game with a double. In the third inning, where they scored four times, Yordan Álvarez launched a three-run home run to record his 24th four-bagger of the season and his fifth in August.
Taylor Jones —who added four RBIs to his count and had a brilliant assist at home plate with a throw from left field— followed Álvarez with a homer of his own in the fifth, right before the Astros offense exploded in the sixth inning with six runs to make it 12-0.
Hitting leadoff, Altuve had his first four-hit game of the season and the 31st of his career. With that number, Altuve leads the Major Leagues since his MLB debut, with five above Miguel Cabrera (26). In Astros’ history, he’s second, but is now only three more four-hit performances shy of Craig Biggio (34).
Jake Meyers kept alive his torrid hitting since joining the big-league team. This time, he went 1-for-3, with three runs batted in. He’s now hitting for a .308 batting average and a .939 OPS. After Saturday, Meyer has at least one hit in nine of his last 10 games.
Regarding pitching, Odorizzi pitched 5 2/3 innings and surrendered four hits and one earned run, with four walks and eight strikeouts. He won and now has an even 6-6 record with a 4.52 ERA.
After Odo, Phil Maton, Blake Taylor, and Pedro Báez combined for 3 1/3 scoreless frames of only one hit, two bases on balls, and two punchouts.
On Sunday (1:10 pm CT), Framber Valdez will get the ball for the Astros to try to sweep Seattle, whose starting pitcher will be lefty Tyler Alexander.