There were seven homers last night, four by the Astros, three by the Angels. But the Angels never threatened, losing by as much as 10 - 1 at one point. After a small comeback, the Halos settled for a 10-5 loss, as the Astros have taken the first two games of the series by large margins.
The Astros opened the scoring in the third inning on a two-run Kyle Tucker homer followed immediately by an Aledmys Diaz solo shot.
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But the Angels answered in the bottom of the second with a solo homer by former Astros Jack Mayfield.
The Astros added four runs in the fourth on a two-run homer by Jose Altuve, followed later in the inning by a two-run RBI single by Diaz.
What day of the week is it? Jose Altuesday.#ForTheH pic.twitter.com/UKCSt2ftzP— Houston Astros (@astros) September 22, 2021
The Astros completed the pounding in the sixth with three runs, the main blow a Martin Maldonado homer, his second in two nights. After the homer, Altuve beat out an infield hit, followed by two walks. Carlos Correa then added an RBI with a sac fly, and Kyle Tucker got the last Astros run in on a ground ball fielder’s choice.
Maldy mash, back-to-back nights.#ForTheH pic.twitter.com/wWj4Rqd8gH— Houston Astros (@astros) September 22, 2021
The Angels limited the humiliation with a three-run Rich Gosselin homer in the sixth, and a solo Shohei Ohtani blast in the eighth, his 45th.
Astros starter Jose Urquidy got the win, and was cruising until the Gosselin homer in the sixth. He pitched 5.1 innings, allowing four runs, six hits while striking out only three.
Crisian Javier relieved Urquidy for 2.1 innings, allowing a run on the Ohtani homer and two walks while striking out three.
Josh James pitched a scoreless ninth after walking the first batter.
Angels starter Packy Naughton was the loser, going four innings allowing four runs.
Game 3 of this four-game series takes place tonight, 8:38 CDT.