OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)Korey Lee got his first three hits in the major leagues and drove in three runs, leading Jake Odorizzi and the Houston Astros past the Oakland Athletics 6-1 on Sunday.
All-Star outfielder Kyle Tucker hit his 17th home run, helping the first-place Astros to their 11th victory in 13 games.
”We got some timely hitting from some guys who played pretty good fundamental ball. Got `em over and got ’em in,” Astros manager Dusty Baker said. ”Korey Lee had a big day in front of all his folks. He put on a good display.”
Lee, a top Houston prospect who was hitless in his debut Monday after catcher Jason Castro went on the injured list, grounded out in his first at-bat but then hit a soft RBI single to left field in the fifth past a drawn-in infield. That scored Jake Meyers, who doubled leading off the inning.
A first-round draft pick in 2019 when he was selected 32nd overall, Lee lined a two-run double off the glove of third baseman Vimael Machin in the seventh, then singled leading off the ninth.
Afterward, the rookie catcher – who played in college at nearby UC Berkeley along with Baker’s son, Darren – was given the ball from his first hit along with Houston’s scorecard.
”Hopefully one day whenever I get a house I’ll put it up in a little man cave,” Lee said. ”It’ll just sit tight in the apartment right now and just remind me of everything.”
Odorizzi (4-2) had a season-high seven strikeouts in seven scoreless innings for his first win after missing 42 games with a lower left leg injury. The veteran right-hander walked one and won for the second time in 11 appearances against Oakland.
”I felt like I was in command. I was getting stronger as the game went on,” Odorizzi said. ”Mixed pitches really well. Kind of used the whole arsenal a bit better.”
Phil Maton and Bryan Abreu each retired three batters to complete the five-hitter. Oakland had four hits in each of its previous four games.
Machin hit his first career home run for the A’s.
The A’s twice had runners at third but failed to score. Odorizzi got Stephen Vogt to foul out to end the fourth, then induced a groundout from Nick Allen for the final out in the fifth.
Cole Irvin (3-7) allowed two runs and five hit in six innings. The left-hander has one victory in 10 starts since coming off the injured list May 22.
The A’s optioned LHP Zach Logue to Triple-A Las Vegas. Logue was the winning pitcher Saturday after being called up earlier in the day. Oakland recalled RHP Domingo Tapia and INF Dermis Garcia.
The Astros recalled OF Jose Siri from Triple-A Sugar Land.
Astros: All-Star DH Yordan Alvarez flew back to Houston for treatment after being placed on the 10-day IL because of a right hand injury that has gotten worse, according to Baker. The Astros expect him to miss the next two series and possibly return after the All-Star break. . SS Jeremy Pena was 0 for 4 with a sacrifice fly in his first game since coming out of health and safety protocols.
Astros: Baker had not announced his rotation for the Angels series, which begins Tuesday in Anaheim.
Athletics: RHP Adrian Martinez (2-1, 6.00 ERA) faces the Rangers in Texas on Monday. It will be the first time the Oakland rookie has made consecutive starts.
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