�?lvarez hits 2-run HR in MLB debut as Astros blank O's 4-0

HOUSTON (AP) After hitting 23 homers in just 56 games at Triple-A this season, the pressure was on Yordan Alvarez to see if he could replicate that power in the majors.

The 21-year-old didn't disappoint in his big league debut.

Alvarez hit a two-run drive to back up a solid start by Wade Miley and help the Houston Astros to a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

''That's an incredible performance for him when all everybody ever wanted today was a homer from him,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''That's what everybody expected, and he did it.''

Alvarez was called up from Triple-A Round Rock before the game with a home run total that led the Pacific Coast League. He homered in his second at-bat, connecting off Dylan Bundy (3-7) in the fourth inning.

''That first at-bat, obviously, I felt a little bit nervous,'' Alvarez said through a translator. ''But then I started thinking about all the players here and how much advice they've given me and how they made me feel comfortable (and) I felt great.''

Miley (6-3), who pitched into the seventh inning, yielded six hits and struck out five before Ryan Pressly pitched a perfect inning. Hector Rondon struck out two in the eighth before Josh James retired the first two batters in the ninth before walking consecutive batters.

After his prolific home run-hitting in the minors, Miley razzed Alvarez a bit about what he expected from the rookie on Sunday.

''I told him if he didn't hit three, he'd be a disappointment,'' Miley said.

Roberto Osuna retired Rio Ruiz on a grounder for his 17th save.

Bundy allowed two earned runs and four hits in six innings.

''Dylan pitched outstanding,'' manager Brandon Hyde said. ''He probably could've gone back out for the seventh. He threw the ball really well again and we're really encouraged by his starts the last month, month and a half.''

Hanser Alberto had three hits for the Orioles, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Bundy retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced and Houston didn't get a hit until Yuli Gurriel singled with two outs in the fourth. Alvarez then launched his home run to center field to give the Astros a 2-0 lead.

The Astros got things going in the sixth with the help of some miscues by the Orioles. Derek Fisher reached to start the inning on an error by shortstop Richie Martin. Fisher stole second base and advanced to second on an error by catcher Pedro Severino. Houston extended the lead to 3-0 when Fisher scored on a single by Josh Reddick.

Renato Nunez singled and Severino walked before a single by Jonathan Villar chased Miley. He was replaced by Pressly, who got a forceout at home on a grounder hit by Anthony Santander for the first out before retiring pinch-hitter Ruiz and Stevie Wilkerson on fly outs to escape the bases-loaded jam.

''That's what Pressly has done all year is come in and shut the door down in any inning he's asked,'' Hyde said. ''We had some opportunities, but just didn't come through.''

The Astros tacked on a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Gurriel.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: SS Carlos Correa, who had previously only spoken about his broken rib on his fiancee's YouTube channel, talked to reporters on Sunday about the massage that he says caused the injury. He said he had felt soreness around his ribs in the days leading up to the massage, but that it wasn't anything that would have kept him from playing. During the massage he said he heard a ''loud crack,'' and his masseuse gasped. ''I was like: `What happened, what's that?''' he said. ''She said: `That's never happened in my 20 years before.' I'm like: `Well, that's not comforting.''' He plans to get massages again in the future, but won't get one from the same woman again. Correa is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks.

TOUGH ON LEFTIES

All three of Alberto's hits on Sunday came off Miley to increase his major league-leading average against left-handers to .425.

UP NEXT

Orioles: Baltimore has an off day on Monday before opening a three-game series against Toronto on Tuesday. LHP John Means (5-4, 2.67 ERA) will start the opener after yielding four hits and one run in his last start but not factoring into the decision in a 2-1 loss to Texas.

Astros: Houston is also off on Monday before Brad Peacock (5-3, 3.20) will start the opener of a two-game interleague series with Milwaukee on Tuesday night. Peacock allowed four hits and two runs in five innings of a 14-1 loss to Seattle in his last start.

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  • W: W. Miley (6-3)L: D. Bundy (3-7)S: R. Osuna (17)
  • HR: HOU - Y. Alvarez (1)
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  • b-struck out for Martin in the 8th
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    BATTING
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Severino, R. Ruiz 2 (2), S. Wilkerson 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • HR - Y. Alvarez
    • SF - Y. Gurriel (5)
    • RBI - J. Reddick (23), Y. Gurriel (29), Y. Alvarez 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez 2 (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fisher, Y. Alvarez, R. Chirinos 2 (2), M. Straw
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - H. Alberto (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - D. Fisher (4)
    • CS - T. Kemp (3)
    FIELDING
    • E - R. Martin (5), P. Severino (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Bregman-Gurriel; Mayfield-Kemp-Gurriel)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Bundy (L, 3-7)6.04321614.501.2312.0
    E. Phillips1.21112206.751.910.0
    J. Lucas0.10000004.971.180.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Bundy (L, 3-7)6.0
    E. Phillips1.2
    J. Lucas0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    W. Miley (W, 6-3)6.06002503.141.1622.5
    R. Pressly (H, 17)1.00000000.900.703.0
    H. Rondon (H, 9)1.00000202.631.214.0
    J. James0.20002104.841.33-1.5
    R. Osuna (S, 17)0.10000002.150.687.0
    PITCHERSIP
    W. Miley (W, 6-3)6.0
    R. Pressly (H, 17)1.0
    H. Rondon (H, 9)1.0
    J. James0.2
    R. Osuna (S, 17)0.1
    PITCHING
    • HBP - E. Phillips (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 91-55, E. Phillips 37-21, J. Lucas 3-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 3-9, E. Phillips 1-2
    • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 23, E. Phillips 9, J. Lucas
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 95-60, R. Pressly 7-5, H. Rondon 15-12, J. James 27-14, R. Osuna 4-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 8-2, R. Pressly 1-2, R. Osuna 1-0
    • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, R. Pressly 3, H. Rondon 3, J. James 4, R. Osuna
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    H. Alberto 3B-2B40300000.311.326.393.7202.0
    T. Mancini 1B-LF30000113.299.353.537.8900.5
    R. Nunez DH40100031.241.294.496.789-0.5
    P. Severino C30000101.277.359.536.8951.0
    J. Villar 2B-SS30100110.253.313.402.7141.5
    A. Santander RF30000103.286.412.571.9831.0
    K. Broxton CF20000010.165.214.278.492-0.5
    a- R. Ruiz PH-1B-3B20000005.233.305.328.6330.0
    S. Wilkerson LF-CF30000013.220.275.379.653-0.5
    R. Martin SS20100000.182.243.314.5571.0
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    HITTERSAB
    H. Alberto 3B-2B4
    T. Mancini 1B-LF3
    R. Nunez DH4
    P. Severino C3
    J. Villar 2B-SS3
    A. Santander RF3
    K. Broxton CF2
    a- R. Ruiz PH-1B-3B2
    S. Wilkerson LF-CF3
    R. Martin SS2
    b- C. Sisco PH-1B1
    D. Bundy P0
    E. Phillips P0
    J. Lucas P0
    Total30
    • a-flied out for Broxton in the 7th
    • b-struck out for Martin in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fisher LF41000021.231.322.365.6872.0
    A. Bregman 3B31000011.272.389.545.9341.5
    J. Reddick RF40210010.312.351.459.8102.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B31110001.253.283.382.6653.0
    Y. Alvarez DH31121101.333.5001.3331.8338.0
    R. Chirinos C40000022.240.375.506.881-1.0
    T. Kemp 2B20100110.230.310.416.7260.5
    J. Mayfield SS30000002.063.091.188.2780.0
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      BATTING
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Severino, R. Ruiz 2 (2), S. Wilkerson 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - Y. Alvarez
      • SF - Y. Gurriel (5)
      • RBI - J. Reddick (23), Y. Gurriel (29), Y. Alvarez 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Fisher, Y. Alvarez, R. Chirinos 2 (2), M. Straw
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - H. Alberto (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Fisher (4)
      • CS - T. Kemp (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Martin (5), P. Severino (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Bregman-Gurriel; Mayfield-Kemp-Gurriel)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Bundy (L, 3-7)6.04321614.501.2312.0
      E. Phillips1.21112206.751.910.0
      J. Lucas0.10000004.971.180.0
      Total8.0543381---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Bundy (L, 3-7)6.0
      E. Phillips1.2
      J. Lucas0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Miley (W, 6-3)6.06002503.141.1622.5
      R. Pressly (H, 17)1.00000000.900.703.0
      H. Rondon (H, 9)1.00000202.631.214.0
      J. James0.20002104.841.33-1.5
      R. Osuna (S, 17)0.10000002.150.687.0
      Total9.0600480---
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Miley (W, 6-3)6.0
      R. Pressly (H, 17)1.0
      H. Rondon (H, 9)1.0
      J. James0.2
      R. Osuna (S, 17)0.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - E. Phillips (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Bundy 91-55, E. Phillips 37-21, J. Lucas 3-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Bundy 3-9, E. Phillips 1-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Bundy 23, E. Phillips 9, J. Lucas
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 95-60, R. Pressly 7-5, H. Rondon 15-12, J. James 27-14, R. Osuna 4-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 8-2, R. Pressly 1-2, R. Osuna 1-0
      • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, R. Pressly 3, H. Rondon 3, J. James 4, R. Osuna
      • 8TH INNING
        Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to left, Bregman scored04
      • 6TH INNING
        Reddick singled to shallow center, Fisher scored03
      • 4TH INNING
        Alvarez homered to center, Gurriel scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Josh James relieved Hector Rondon
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • P. Severino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Severino flied out to right
        • J. Villar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Villar walked
        • A. Santander: Foul, Ball, Ball, Villar to second, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Santander walked
        • Roberto Osuna relieved Josh James
        • R. Ruiz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ruiz grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Hector Rondon relieved Ryan Pressly
        • Chance Sisco hit for Richie Martin
        • C. Sisco: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sisco struck out swinging
        • H. Alberto: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Alberto lined out to shortstop
        • T. Mancini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Phillips Pitching:
        • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Bregman hit by pitch
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reddick singled to right, Bregman to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel hit sacrifice fly to left, Bregman scored
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alvarez walked, Reddick to second
        • Josh Lucas relieved Evan Phillips
        • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Foul, Chirinos flied out to right
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Nunez singled to left center
        • P. Severino: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Severino walked, Nunez to second
        • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Villar singled to left, Nunez to third, Severino to second
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Wade Miley
        • A. Santander: Strike swinging, Foul, Santander reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Nunez out at home, Severino to third, Villar to second
        • Rio Ruiz hit for Keon Broxton
        • R. Ruiz: Ruiz flied out to left
        • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Ball, Wilkerson flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Evan Phillips relieved Dylan Bundy
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Chirinos popped out to first
        • T. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked
        • J. Mayfield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Mayfield reached on fielder's choice to second, Kemp out at second
        • M. Straw: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Straw struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • R. Martin: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Martin grounded out to catcher
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Alberto singled to left
        • T. Mancini: Ball, Mancini grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Alberto out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Ball, Ball, Fisher safe at first on shortstop Martin throwing error
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Fisher stole second, Fisher to third on catcher Severino throwing error, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick singled to shallow center, Fisher scored
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to center
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Foul, Alvarez flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • A. Santander: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Santander popped out to second
        • K. Broxton: Ball, Ball, Broxton grounded out to third
        • S. Wilkerson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Wilkerson grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp singled to right
        • J. Mayfield: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Mayfield flied out to center
        • M. Straw: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Straw lined out to right
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Kemp caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
        • P. Severino: Strike swinging, Ball, Severino lined out to left
        • J. Villar: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Villar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Reddick struck out looking
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel singled to center
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Alvarez homered to center, Gurriel scored
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • S. Wilkerson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Wilkerson struck out looking
        • R. Martin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martin singled to left
        • H. Alberto: Pickoff attempt, Alberto singled to right, Martin to second
        • T. Mancini: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Mancini grounded into double play third to first, Martin out at third, Alberto to second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
        • J. Mayfield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mayfield flied out to center
        • M. Straw: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Straw walked
        • D. Fisher: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • J. Villar: Ball, Villar grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Santander: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Santander grounded out to third
        • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Broxton struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Gurriel lined out to third
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Alvarez flied out to left
        • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • W. Miley Pitching:
        • H. Alberto: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Alberto singled to left
        • T. Mancini: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Alberto caught stealing second, catcher to second, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mancini walked
        • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez struck out looking
        • P. Severino: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Severino grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Bundy Pitching:
        • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Foul, Fisher grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman lined out to right
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Reddick popped out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)