Altuve hits walk-off slam in 10th as Astros top Rangers
June 16 2021 11:10 PM
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Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros hits a grand slam to defeat the Texas Rangers during the tenth inn
Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros hits a grand slam to defeat the Texas Rangers during the tenth inning by a score of 6-3 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Getty Images/AFP)

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Jose Altuve clubbed a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning as the Houston Astros rallied for a 6-3 victory over the visiting Texas Rangers on Tuesday.
Altuve socked his 13th home run into the Crawford Boxes in left field off Texas reliever Demarcus Evans (0-2), answering the solo run Texas scored off Astros closer Ryan Pressly (3-1) in the top of the 10th. Altuve followed walks by Myles Straw and pinch hitter Jason Castro after Chas McCormick started the inning at second.The Astros pulled even at 2-2 when Carlos Correa drilled a home run, his 12th, the opposite way to right field with two outs and two strikes in the ninth against Rangers right-hander Josh Sborz.
Texas right-hander Kyle Gibson notched his 11th quality start and third in as many appearances against Houston by allowing one run on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts in six innings. He struck out McCormick following a two-out walk to Correa to cap the second inning and worked around two baserunners in the third by getting Altuve to hit into a fielder’s choice after allowing singles to Straw and Martin Maldonado to open that frame.
It wasn’t until the sixth that the Astros struck, but even then Gibson limited the damage to a Yuli Gurriel sacrifice fly after loading the bases with one out. Gibson, whose 2.49 ERA against the Astros entering the game was the lowest of his career against an American League opponent, has not recorded a win against Houston this season despite three strong performances.
Relievers Spencer Patton and Brett Martin combined to stifle the Astros in the seventh and eighth to hold the one-run lead. Sborz got two quick outs in the ninth before Correa struck.
Texas’ Joey Gallo ripped a double to the wall in right-center field in the fourth that plated Adolis Garcia, who reached on a leadoff single against Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. Gallo struck again an inning later, working a four-pitch walk against left-hander Blake Taylor after McCullers loaded the bases. Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who walked with one out, scored for a 2-0 lead. McCullers, making his first appearance since May 22, allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks with three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. He had been on the 10-day injured list due to shoulder
soreness.

Betts’ homer powers Dodgers past Phillies

Mookie Betts hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning Tuesday and the Los Angeles Dodgers earned a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on the first night Dodger Stadium played host to a capacity crowd in nearly two years. Los Angeles won for the seventh time in eight games while Philadelphia dropped its second in a row.
Dodgers starter Julio Urias gave up three runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings and drove in a run with a double. However, he wound up with a no-decision and was unable to become the first pitcher in baseball to reach double digits in victories.
Andrew McCutchen homered for the Phillies, who rallied to tie the game in the fifth inning when two runs scored on a single from Odubel Herrera and an error by Dodgers left fielder Matt Beaty.
Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper left the game because of lower back tightness after striking out in the fourth inning.
The Dodgers announced that 52,078 fans were in attendance as the state of California dropped most mask mandates and social-distancing requirements.
Wearing jerseys with gold trim, the Dodgers had pregame ceremonies similar to Opening Day. Then they went out and took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a fielder’s-choice grounder from Will Smith.
McCutchen’s home run, his 11th, tied the score 1-1 in the second inning. Immediately after Harper departed in the fourth inning, the Dodgers took a 3-1 lead on consecutive RBI doubles from Zach McKinstry and Urias. A pair of Dodgers defensive miscues helped the Phillies in the fifth. Alec Bohm singled, and Chris Taylor made a throwing error on Luke Williams’ grounder. After a Zach Eflin sacrifice bunt, Herrera singled to left, with both runners able to score after Beaty’s error.

RESULTS

Astros 6-3 Rangers
Dodgers 5-3 Phillies
Giants 9-8 D’Backs
Athletics 6-4 Angels
Mariners 10-0 Twins
Rockies 8-4 Padres
Cardinals 2-1 Marlins
White Sox 3-0 Rays
Reds 2-1 Brewers
Red Sox 10-8 Braves
Yankees 6-5 Blue Jays
Mets 3-2 Cubs
Nationals 8-1 Pirates
Indians 7-2 Orioles
Tigers 4-3 Royals



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