Alvarez holds 2 hostages as Astros wins 5-3 to sweep Mets

Alvarez holds 2 hostages as Astros wins 5-3 to sweep Mets

HOUSTON (AP) – Jordan Alvarez twice repelled Carlos Carrasco as the Houston Astros jumped on him early to hold on to a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday.

Alvarez hit two of the three highest levels of the season allowed by Carrasco (8-3) before the pitcher left with a lower back tightness in the third inning with the Astros leading 5-1.

Alvarez, who was also home on Tuesday night, now has 21 this season to tie with Mike Trout for second most in the seniors. His home draw in this series comes after he lost Sunday’s game with a slight hand injury.

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

Alex Bregman added a two-game home run to the Stars, who won their third straight.

The top Mets in the National League entered this series having won four of the five games, but continued to play in Houston, where they have lost eight in a row.

Houston’s key player, Luis Garcia (5-5) gave six hits and three consecutive five hits in more than five appearances for the victory. Ryan Pressly scored one without a score for his 14th save.

Carrasco hit four shots and five in a row in 2 1/3 innings before his injury. While it is unclear if this issue will keep Carrasco out for long, it could be another blow to a team that is already missing stars Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom with injuries.

Jose Altouve did things well when he took a lead before scoring in a double by Michael Bradley. Bregman’s Homer on the left field made it 3-0. Houston went back when Alvarez followed with Homer to a ball that landed in the bullfight in the center right.

Dominic Smith opened the third period with a double and advanced to the third after a Tom .s Nido pitch. The Mets reduced the lead to 4-1 when Smith scored on a sacrificial fly by Brandon Nimmo.

There was an out in the third when Alvarez reconnected, this time throwing a quick ball from Carrasco to the second deck on the right field to make it 5-1. It is the fourth multiplayer game this season for Alvarez and the first since May 30th.

Carrasco walked Kyle Tucker before throwing two pitches at Yuli Gurriel and called the trainers to the embankment. They spoke with Carrasco for a minute before he left the game and was replaced by Ioan Lopez.

García walked Nimmo to start the sixth and scored a double by Starling Marte to reduce the lead to 3. Francisco Lindor stepped out to chase García and Ryne Stanek took over. Pete Alonso’s sacrificial fly scored Marte to take New York 5-3.

Luis Guillorme doubled and Mark Canha walked to load the bases. The Astros maintained the lead when Stanek withdrew from Eduardo Escobar in a pop up before hitting Smith to finish the inning.


Metz: Scherzer (sideways) could be off the injury list to start on Sunday. Director Buck Showalter said he had to speak to Scherzer later Wednesday to see how he felt after the recovery began Tuesday night at Double-A before making a decision.


Metz: New York is out Thursday before the start of the Taijuan Walker (5-2, 2.88 ERA) in the first of three games in Miami on Friday night.

Astros: Fraber Valdez (7-3, 2.78) will start for Houston at the start of a four-game series with the Yankees on Thursday night.


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