HOUSTON — — Saturday night’s 4-2 victory over the Houston Astros was highlighted by a home run and three RBIs by Luis Rengifo for the Los Angeles Angels.
In the first inning, David Fletcher and Shohei Ohtani each hit consecutive singles before Fletcher came around to score on a one-out double by Jared Walsh. Ohtani scored on a groundout by Rengifo to give the Angels a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
Jo Adell started the third inning with a single, and Rengifo made it 4-0 with a one-out home run to right field off Luis Garcia to make it a four-run game (10-7).
Since being recalled from Triple-A on Sept. 1, manager Joe Maddon has noticed significant improvements in Rengifo’s defense and at the plate, according to Maddon.
His movements are excellent, and he is picking up the ball and delivering accurate throws “Maddon shared his thoughts. This is what I’m seeing: a more complete game with a quicker body, to be precise.”
Jose Suarez (7-7) started the game for the Angels and went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three hits and one run while striking out seven.
Previously, he won his second straight start after tossing his first career complete game in a victory over Texas in his previous appearance.
“Obviously, it’s really, really good, “Maddon shared his thoughts. “He was in complete command of his pitches. His curveball was one of my favorites. I believe it was that curveball that allowed for the previous outing and this one.”
Suarez received a rousing endorsement from Houston manager Dusty Baker.
“It wasn’t a matter of us struggling; it was a matter of him getting off to a good start,” says the coach “he explained. It was one of the best games we’d seen against us in a long time,” says the manager.”
Despite his absence from the game until the ninth inning, the Astros were unable to string together any hits.
In the ninth inning, Kyle Tucker singled with one out and advanced to second on a balk by closer Raisel Iglesias before advancing to third on a passed ball. Jake Meyers was walked by Iglesias before Garrett Stubbs hit a double off the wall in left field to bring in Tucker and cut the lead to 4-2 for the Reds.
Adell was a little shaken up during the play after hitting the back of his head against the wall while attempting to make a catch. Trainers took a look at him, but he was allowed to continue playing.
He then struck out Jose Altuve before retiring pinch-hitter Chas McCormick to bring the game to a close and earn his 31st save of the season.
Garcia pitched five innings and allowed seven hits and four runs.
“Normally, he has excellent command, “Baker expressed himself. “He didn’t have the command that he had previously demonstrated. He fought valiantly to get us to the fifth inning.”
The Astros didn’t get a hit until the fourth inning, when rookie Jose Siri, who had spent eight years in the minors before making his major league debut earlier this month, singled to give him his first major league hit with one out.
He stole second base and cleated his hand with the cleat as he made the slide. A trainer came out and wrapped his bleeding middle finger with a bandage, allowing him to continue playing in the game.
Alex Bregman was intentionally walked before Yordan Alvarez’s single loaded the bases. Siri scored on a Yuli Gurriel groundout that left Bregman stranded at third base and cut the lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning. However, after Carlos Correa grounded out to end the inning, the Astros were unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
LF for the Astros With right knee discomfort, Michael Brantley was forced out of the game after three innings…. RHP According to Zack Greinke, who has been on the COVID-19 quarantine list since Aug. 31 despite having been immunized, he tested positive for the virus on Saturday. He stated that he only experienced minor symptoms and that he is now in good health and will not be subjected to any restrictions when school resumes on Tuesday. … INF A day after joining Greinke on the COVID-19 list, Taylor Jones returned to the field. He claimed that he, too, had been vaccinated, but that he had tested positive for the virus. Baker stated that he would most likely require a rehabilitation assignment before being able to return to the lineup.