Rookie Yordan Alvarez homers again, Astros top Blue Jays 7-2

HOUSTON (AP) Yordan Alvarez has quickly become a huge hit for the injury-depleted Houston Astros.

The 21-year-old rookie from Cuba homered again, connecting for an upper-deck shot Saturday to send the Astros over the Toronto Blue Jays 7-2.

Alvarez became the fourth player in major league history to hit four home runs in his first five games. He joined Trevor Story, who hit six for Colorado in 2016, Yasiel Puig (Dodgers, 2013) and Mike Jacobs (Mets, 2005).

''Certainly, I didn't expect it,'' Alvarez said through a translator. ''But obviously, I've worked to get to this point. Everything that I do I have high expectations for myself based off the work that I've done to get to this point.''

Alvarez got three hits, making him 8 for 17 in his brief career. He has driven in eight runs, scored eight times and also has drawn six walks.

''I'm probably having as hard a time describing him as you're having writing about him,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''He's having an enormous impact for us, that goes without saying. It's been very impressive to watch him methodically go about his business as a much more experienced player than he is.''

Alvarez played left field after starting as the designated hitter in his first four games.

Jack Mayfield, a fellow rookie who had three doubles, played with Alvarez at Triple-A Round Rock.

''He's like a rookie inside a veteran's body,'' Mayfield said. ''He's a monster up there. The pitchers know what he's got already, and he's still getting all those hits and homers and everything.''

The 28-year-old Mayfield was 2 for 34 as a big leaguer before breaking loose.

''Once I got that first hit, it relieved some pressure,'' Mayfield said. ''I give credit to this team. Hitting is contagious and this team is hitting like crazy, so it definitely helps me a little bit to be confident in the box.''

Framber Valdez (3-2), another rookie, struck out eight in six solid innings. The 25-year-old lefty allowed two runs and four hits.

''I think what I'm seeing with Valdez is he's starting to gain more and more confidence inside the strike zone,'' Hinch said. ''He's able to repeat his delivery a little bit better and live inside the strike zone.''

Valdez had his second straight solid start since moving into the rotation. He gave up one run in seven innings in his first on Saturday against the Orioles.

Josh Reddick also homered for the AL West-leading Astros, who have stars Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa on the injured list.

Clayton Richard (0-3) yielded five runs and seven hits in five innings. The left-hander struggled for a second straight outing after being tagged for seven runs in 2 2/3 innings in his last start Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

''It was a struggle the whole time,'' Toronto manager Charlie Montoya said. ''The one thing he had was he had that sinking action on his fastball, so he could always get double plays. His command wasn't there today, so it was a struggle.''

Mayfield hit an RBI double in the second and came around to score on an error to give the Astros a 2-0 lead.

Myles Straw hit an RBI double and Alex Bregman followed with an RBI single to increase the lead to 5-0 in the fourth. Straw added an RBI single in the sixth.

Brandon Drury had an RBI single, and Eric Sogard followed with a sacrifice fly in the fifth to cut the lead to 5-2.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Blue Jays: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (bruised left hand) was out of the lineup after being hit by a pitch in Friday's game. Guerrero took batting practice prior to the game. . RHP Nick Kingham was activated prior to the game and gave up Reddick's leadoff homer in the sixth. RHP Thomas Pannone was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. .. RHP David Phelps (Tommy John) threw a bullpen session Saturday. .. RHP Jacob Waguespack (shoulder) is scheduled to pitch two innings Sunday for Buffalo. ... LHP Ryan Borucki (elbow) was expected to throw live batting practice Saturday in Florida.

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve (left hamstring strain) had the day off before continuing his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Sunday. Hinch said Altuve felt ''really good'' after playing Friday. ... RHP Collin McHugh (right elbow discomfort) will pitch again for Round Rock on Monday.. . CF Jake Marisnick (left knee discomfort) was out of the lineup Saturday after leaving Friday's game. ''I think we have avoided a major issue,'' Hinch said.

UP NEXT

Blue Jays: RHP Trent Thornton (1-5, 4.78 ERA) will make his 15th start Sunday after allowing at least three runs in each of his last four outings.

Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (6-3, 3.42) starts Sunday looking to continue his recent success, which has seen him win four of his last five decisions.

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  • W: F. Valdez (3-2)L: C. Richard (0-3)
  • HR: HOU - J. Reddick (8), Y. Alvarez (4)
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F. Galvis SS41200022.247.287.409.6962.0
C. Biggio 1B41100022.189.338.377.7161.0
D. Jansen C30000002.181.264.258.5220.0
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    A. Bregman SS30110101.272.401.545.9453.0
    M. Brantley DH30000000.309.370.504.8741.0
    Y. Gurriel 3B40000012.255.288.390.678-0.5
    Y. Alvarez LF41311002.471.6091.1761.7858.0
    T. White 1B31200101.227.325.326.6525.0
    J. Reddick RF41111004.300.336.447.7836.0
    J. Mayfield 2B43310000.132.154.316.47010.0
    G. Stubbs C40010022.190.227.238.4650.0
    M. Straw CF41220001.286.394.393.7876.0
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      BATTING
      • SF - E. Sogard (2)
      • RBI - E. Sogard (17), B. Drury (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Grichuk 2 (2), F. Galvis, C. Biggio 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. White (8), J. Mayfield 3 (4), M. Straw
      • HR - Y. Alvarez (4), J. Reddick (8)
      • RBI - A. Bregman (48), Y. Alvarez (8), J. Reddick (25), J. Mayfield (3), G. Stubbs (2), M. Straw 2 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman, J. Reddick 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Hernandez (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - L. Gurriel 2 (4)
      • DP - 2 (Galvis-Sogard-Biggio; Galvis-Sogard-Biggio)
      • E - C. Biggio (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Mayfield-Bregman-White; Bregman-Mayfield-White)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Richard (L, 0-3)5.07552117.521.77-3.5
      N. Kingham2.05220119.822.07-0.5
      J. Romano1.00000100.000.00-
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Richard (L, 0-3)5.0
      N. Kingham2.0
      J. Romano1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Valdez (W, 3-2)6.04222802.771.1824.0
      C. Devenski2.01000204.551.376.0
      J. James1.01000004.581.292.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Valdez (W, 3-2)6.0
      C. Devenski2.0
      J. James1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Richard 2 (3), N. Kingham (2)
      • HBP - C. Richard (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 83-50, N. Kingham 30-20, J. Romano 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 10-2, N. Kingham 3-1, J. Romano 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Richard 23, N. Kingham 10, J. Romano 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Valdez 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Valdez 82-51, C. Devenski 19-13, J. James 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Valdez 8-2, C. Devenski 1-2, J. James 1-2
      • Batters Faced - F. Valdez 24, C. Devenski 6, J. James 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      R. Grichuk RF40000013.215.272.398.671-0.5
      L. Gurriel LF40000011.270.328.522.850-0.5
      T. Hernandez CF20000200.204.274.333.6074.0
      R. Tellez DH40000032.217.268.414.682-1.5
      F. Galvis SS41200022.247.287.409.6962.0
      C. Biggio 1B41100022.189.338.377.7161.0
      D. Jansen C30000002.181.264.258.5220.0
      B. Drury 3B30110010.219.260.378.6391.5
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        A. Bregman SS30110101.272.401.545.9453.0
        M. Brantley DH30000000.309.370.504.8741.0
        Y. Gurriel 3B40000012.255.288.390.678-0.5
        Y. Alvarez LF41311002.471.6091.1761.7858.0
        T. White 1B31200101.227.325.326.6525.0
        J. Reddick RF41111004.300.336.447.7836.0
        J. Mayfield 2B43310000.132.154.316.47010.0
        G. Stubbs C40010022.190.227.238.4650.0
        M. Straw CF41220001.286.394.393.7876.0
        F. Valdez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        J. James P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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          BATTING
          • SF - E. Sogard (2)
          • RBI - E. Sogard (17), B. Drury (18)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Grichuk 2 (2), F. Galvis, C. Biggio 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - T. White (8), J. Mayfield 3 (4), M. Straw
          • HR - Y. Alvarez (4), J. Reddick (8)
          • RBI - A. Bregman (48), Y. Alvarez (8), J. Reddick (25), J. Mayfield (3), G. Stubbs (2), M. Straw 2 (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Bregman, J. Reddick 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - T. Hernandez (4)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - L. Gurriel 2 (4)
          • DP - 2 (Galvis-Sogard-Biggio; Galvis-Sogard-Biggio)
          • E - C. Biggio (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Mayfield-Bregman-White; Bregman-Mayfield-White)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Richard (L, 0-3)5.07552117.521.77-3.5
          N. Kingham2.05220119.822.07-0.5
          J. Romano1.00000100.000.00-
          Total8.01277232---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Richard (L, 0-3)5.0
          N. Kingham2.0
          J. Romano1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Valdez (W, 3-2)6.04222802.771.1824.0
          C. Devenski2.01000204.551.376.0
          J. James1.01000004.581.292.0
          Total9.06222100---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Valdez (W, 3-2)6.0
          C. Devenski2.0
          J. James1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Richard 2 (3), N. Kingham (2)
          • HBP - C. Richard (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Richard 83-50, N. Kingham 30-20, J. Romano 10-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Richard 10-2, N. Kingham 3-1, J. Romano 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Richard 23, N. Kingham 10, J. Romano 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - F. Valdez 2 (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Valdez 82-51, C. Devenski 19-13, J. James 15-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Valdez 8-2, C. Devenski 1-2, J. James 1-2
          • Batters Faced - F. Valdez 24, C. Devenski 6, J. James 4
          • 6TH INNING
            Straw singled to shallow left center, Mayfield scored, Straw out at second27
            Reddick homered to right center26
          • 5TH INNING
            Sogard hit sacrifice fly to left, Biggio scored25
            Drury singled to right, Galvis scored, Biggio to third15
          • 4TH INNING
            Bregman singled to left, Straw scored, Bregman out at second05
            Straw doubled to left center, Mayfield scored04
          • 3RD INNING
            Alvarez homered to right center03
          • 2ND INNING
            Stubbs safe at first on 1st baseman Biggio fielding error, Mayfield scored02
            Mayfield doubled to deep left, White scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Josh James relieved Chris Devenski
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez flied out to deep center
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Tellez flied out to left
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Galvis singled to shallow center
            • C. Biggio: Biggio grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • C. Devenski Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Sogard reached on bunt single to shortstop
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Grichuk grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Sogard out at second
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Jordan Romano relieved Nick Kingham
            • J. Mayfield: Ball, Foul, Mayfield lined out to second
            • G. Stubbs: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Stubbs struck out on foul tip
            • M. Straw: Ball, Straw grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Chris Devenski relieved Framber Valdez
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
            • D. Jansen: Jansen flied out to left
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Drury struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Kingham Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez reached on an infield single to third
            • T. White: Strike swinging, White singled to left, Alvarez to second
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Reddick grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • L. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • R. Tellez: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Hernandez to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Nick Kingham relieved Clayton Richard
            • J. Reddick: Reddick homered to right center
            • J. Mayfield: Ball, Strike swinging, Mayfield doubled to left
            • G. Stubbs: Ball, Mayfield to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stubbs struck out swinging
            • M. Straw: Strike looking, Ball, Straw singled to shallow left center, Mayfield scored, Straw out at second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman lined out to left
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Galvis singled to right
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Ball, Biggio singled to shallow center, Galvis to second
            • D. Jansen: Jansen lined out to right, Galvis to third
            • B. Drury: Drury singled to right, Galvis scored, Biggio to third
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Sogard hit sacrifice fly to left, Biggio scored
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Gurriel struck out on foul tip
            • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez singled to center
            • T. White: Ball, White grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Alvarez out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • L. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Tellez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Tellez struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • J. Mayfield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mayfield doubled to deep left
            • G. Stubbs: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Stubbs grounded out to second, Mayfield to third
            • M. Straw: Strike swinging, Straw doubled to left center, Mayfield scored
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bregman singled to left, Straw scored, Bregman out at second
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • D. Jansen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Jansen grounded out to third
            • B. Drury: Ball, Ball, Drury grounded out to third
            • E. Sogard: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sogard singled to left
            • R. Grichuk: Grichuk grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley grounded out to first
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Alvarez homered to right center
            • T. White: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, White walked
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reddick grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • R. Tellez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Tellez struck out swinging
            • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Hernandez stole second, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
            • C. Biggio: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Biggio struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • T. White: Ball, Ball, White doubled to left center
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick lined out to pitcher
            • J. Mayfield: Ball, Mayfield doubled to deep left, White scored
            • G. Stubbs: Ball, Foul, Ball, Mayfield to third on wild pitch, Stubbs safe at first on 1st baseman Biggio fielding error, Mayfield scored
            • M. Straw: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Straw flied out to left
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Stubbs to second on wild pitch, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • F. Valdez Pitching:
            • E. Sogard: Ball, Strike looking, Sogard grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Grichuk struck out, reached on wild pitch
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Grichuk out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Richard Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Brantley hit by pitch, Bregman to second
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel reached on fielder's choice to first, Bregman to third, Brantley out at second
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gurriel out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)