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Yordan Álvarez belts 2 homers as Astros win 5-3 to sweep Mets

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HOUSTON – Jordan Alvarez Homered twice, and the Houston Astros beat the New York Mets 5-3 to end the two-game streak.

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Then a trip to the Big Apple to take on the big-league-leading New York Yankees and slugger. Aaron Judgethe only player to hit more homers this season than Alvarez.

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“Whenever a player goes to New York and plays there, it’s just exciting with the history of this team and the stadium,” Alvarez said through a translator. “We know it’s a really good team, so we’re just going to compete and try to win.”

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Alvarez hit two of the season’s top three homers allowed Carlos Carrasco (8-3). The right-hander came out with a strain in his lower back in the third half with the Astros up 5-1.

Alvarez, who also scored on Tuesday night, now has 21 this season to go to a draw with Mike Trout for second place in major tournaments, the referee has 27 after scoring two more on Wednesday night.

Alvarez’s flurry of home runs in the series came after he missed Sunday’s game with a minor hand injury.

Alvarez, 24, leads all players with 1,064 OPS and has nine homers in his last 20 games.

Asked if this was the best he had ever felt at the table, Alvarez thought for a moment before answering.

“Maybe,” he said with a smile. “I’m not sure.”

Alex Bregman added a two-run homer for the Astros, who won their third in a row.

The National League-leading Mets entered the streak, winning four of five games, but continued to struggle in Houston, where they lost eight in a row.

“It was a great series,” said Astros manager Dusty Baker. “I’m glad we won against a quality, quality team. We have a good serve, good defense and a well-timed strike. Now fast forward to New York – another difficult stage.

Houston starter Luis Garcia (5-5) delivered six hits and three runs with five strikeouts in five-plus innings to win. Ryan Pressly made a scoreless ninth in his 14th save.

Carrasco had four hits and five runs in 2 1/3 innings before the injury. While it’s not clear if this issue will keep Carrasco down for an extended period, it could be another blow to a team already short of star pitchers. Max Scherzer as well as Jacob de Grom with injuries.

After the game, Carrasco was asked how worried he was about his back.

“Don’t worry,” he said. “I think I’ll be fine. Just wait tomorrow and we’ll go from there.”

Jose Altuve things went smoothly when he drew a lead walk before scoring a double Michael Brantley. Bregman’s homer to left field made it 3-0. Houston went back to back as Alvarez followed his homer over the ball, which landed in the bullpen right center.

Dominic Smith opened the Mets in third with a double and moved up to third thanks to a strikeout from Thomas Nido. New York cut the score to 4-1 when Smith scored a goal on a sacrificial span. Brandon Nimmo.

There was one out in the third when Alvarez connected again, this time firing a fastball from Carrasco into the second deck in right field to make it 5-1. It was Alvarez’s fourth multi-player game this season and the first since May 30.

Carrasco walked Kyle Tucker before throwing two innings Julius Gurriel and calling trainers to the embankment. They spoke with Carrasco for a minute before he left the game and was replaced by Yoan Lopez.

Garcia passed Nimmo to start sixth and he scored a brace Starling Marte to cut the lead down to three. Francis Lindor selected to go after Garcia, and Rain Stanek took over. Pete AlonsoA sacrificial fly hit Martha to put New York up 5-3.

Luis Guillorme doubled and Mark Kanya went to load the bases. The Astros retained the lead when Stanek retired. Edward Escobar in the pop-up before knocking out Smith to finish the pitch.


Mets: Scherzer (oblique deformity) could come off the injured list early Sunday. Mets manager Buck Showalter said after the game that he thought the plan was for Scherzer to meet with the team in Miami to kick off this game, but he had to speak with general manager Billy Eppler later Wednesday to confirm it. .


Mets: New York closed Thursday until taijuan walker (5-2, 2.88 ERA) starts Friday night in the first of three games in Miami.

Astros: Framber Valdes (7-3, 2.78) will pitch Thursday night for Houston in the opening four-game series at Yankee Stadium.


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