NEW YORK — Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer and stole a base, Yordan Alvarez added his 23rd long ball of the season and Framber Valdez put up a solid performance on the mound to lead the Houston Astros to a 9- 1 against the New York Mets on Tuesday night.
Alvarez hit the bases on five occasions, Yuli Gurriel also homered and Alex Bregman had three hits for the Astros who beat the Mets for the third time in a week.
The AHL West leaders swept a two-game home streak to begin a nine-game streak against the Mets and Yankees. So far, the Astros have a record of five wins and two losses.
Valdez (8-3) allowed six hits and no runs in eight innings. He had four strikeouts but also forced the Mets hitters to hit a lot of ground balls in the infield.
Carlos Carrasco (8-4) had a second straight tough outing against the Astros. In four and a third innings, he allowed six runs, six hits and three walks.
Last Wednesday, in an abbreviated outing due to stiff backs, the veteran right-hander was down five points against the Astros last Wednesday.
In the loss, Starling Marte had three hits, including two doubles. However, the other Mets hitters were limited to five hits.
Tucker hit his 14th homer of the season away in the visitor’s bullpen to right-center field in the first inning, pushing Alvarez and Bergman to home plate.
Then Tucker walked the fourth inning, stole second, and hit home on a Jake Meyers single.
Tucker is on course for a season of 31 homers and 31 stolen bases.
In other matches:
Pittsburgh 1 – Washington 3
PIT : Diego Castillo produced his club’s only point with a solo slap in the 6th inning.
WAS : Patrick Corbin (4-10) had a career-high in strikeouts with the Nats, with 12.
Atlanta 5 – Philadelphia 3
ATL : Matt Olson hit two homers. Travis d’Arnaud got a circuit also.
PHI : Kyle Schwarber hit his 22nd homer of the season.
Miami 3 – St. Louis 5
MIA : Starter Braxton Garrett (1-3) gave up five earned runs in four and two-thirds innings.
STL : Dylan Carlson put the Cards in charge with a productive double late in the 5th inning.
Cincinnati – Chicago Cubs
San Diego –Arizona