Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Matijevik’s first homer takes the Astros ahead of the White Sox

HOUSTON ( Associated Press) — Rookie JJ Matijevi debuted in the major leagues with his maiden hit and Mauricio Dubon added another two-run drive to seal the Houston Astros in a 4-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday night.

The Astros won the series 2-1 on Saturday after a 7-0 shutout. The win broke a tie between Houston manager Dusty Baker and his Chicago counterpart Tony La Russa, giving 73-year-old Baker a 106–105 lead over 77-year-old La Russa. ,

Houston led 3 when Louis Robert took the lead in eighth place with a single off the bat. There was an out in the innings when Robert scored on AJ Pollock’s triple. He scored on Jake Berger’s grounder to reduce the score to 4-3, but right-hander Hector Neris dismissed Reese McGuire to limit the damage.

Ryan Pressley walked the first batsman of the ninth and reached 13 saves before retiring for the next three.

Matijevi made it 2-0 when he sent a fastball from Michael Kopech (2-3) into the stands at deep left field with two outs in the fourth inning. The 26-year-old slugger was in his sixth game at the Major when he approached the dugout, celebrating and receiving an emotional hug from Jose Altuve.

For the Astros, Honduran Mauricio Dubon runs 2-2 and with some RBI. Venezuela’s Jose Altuve scored 4-1 with one run. Cuban Yuli Guriel 4-0.

For the White Sox, Cubans Robert scored 4–2 and scored a run, and Jose Abreu 4–0.

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