Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa scored three goalscoring games as the Houston Astros knocked out Los Angeles Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani in a 10-5 home win on Friday.
The Astros crushed Ohtani (9-2), the runner-up for the American Major League Player of the Year, with their first loss since May 28, going through 13 opening games and eight consecutive wins. They closed the two-round deficit by scoring three runs in the third round before chasing Ohtani with six fourth runs with 11 hitters to the plate.
Bregman, Yordan Alvarez and Correa produced shots, two on target in the third half to put the Astros up 3-2. When Ohtani recaptured the mound in the fourth inning, he had an advantage on a hitter that vanished in the four-hitter period, with Altuve galvanizing Aledmys Diaz with an RBI single.
Altuve was the last beater Ohtani faced but he started with two runners on the base, both scoring as Bregman tore a brace to leave the field in front of Angels player Andrew Wantz.
Ohtani allowed six runs with the highest nine hits of the season and didn’t walk with just one hit for more than 3⅓ innings. In a previous appearance against the Astros on May 11, Ohtani surrendered a run with four hits and one walk while beating 10 beaters in seven innings.
Bregman gave Houston a 6-4 lead with his brace and the attack ended when Diaz delivered a single full of driver bases in Alvarez and Correa and extended the lead to 9-4.
Altuve finished 3 to 4 and scored 3 runs while Bregman won 3 to 4 with 4 RBIs. Correa won 3 to 5 with an RBI and a run was scored as the Astros hit 16 shots on target, just 3 against the sub-bases.
Astros left winger Framber Valdez (10-5) worked hard but lasted the five innings needed to win. He surrendered to solo home runs against Ohtani in the first inning and Jared Walsh in the second, his first hosts to be allowed to hit lefties this season. Ohtani beat his league-leading 44th home game to the right pitch; Walsh beat his 26th match at center right.
Alvarez, Correa and Chas McCormick fouled behind Valdez in the fifth inning, but Valdez got out of that round allowing only one run and departing with a four-round lead. He completed five innings with six hits, five runs (four earned), five walks, and six strikes on his ledger.
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