HOUSTON (AP) — Cedric Mullins homered among his four hits, Austin Hays and Maikel Franco had three RBIs each, and the Baltimore Orioles broke open the game late and cruised to a 13-3 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.
The game was tied with two outs in the seventh inning when Ryne Stanek replaced Ralph Garza Jr. (0-2) and Mullins greeted him with an RBI double to put the Orioles on top 4-3.
Anthony Santander added a solo homer in a five-run eighth to help the Orioles to their second victory over the Astros after being swept by them at home last week.
It was a game during which the teams combined to use nine relievers after Baltimore starter Travis Lakins and Houston’s José Urquidy both left in the second inning with injuries. Houston utilityman Robel Garcia made his first career pitching appearance in the ninth and was tagged for four runs on two-run homers by Ramón Urías and Austin Wynns.
Santander got things going in the eighth when he connected for his homer with one out. The bases were loaded later in the inning when Franco smacked a double that bounced off the wall in center field to send everyone home and push the lead to 8-3.
Hays wrapped up the big inning with an RBI single with two outs.
Abraham Toro drove in three runs for the Astros, who have dropped three in a row and four of five following an 11-game winning streak.
Mullins hit his fourth leadoff homer this season on the game’s second pitch.
Urquidy yielded one hit and one run before leaving with one out in the second inning with discomfort in his right shoulder.
Australian rookie Alexander Wells (1-0) allowed four hits and two runs in 2 2/3 innings in his first major league win in his second game. Dillon Tate pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings for his first save.
Lakins gave up one hit and one run with three walks in 1 2/3 innings before leaving with right elbow discomfort in his first start since 2019 with Boston in a bullpen game for the Orioles.
There were two outs in the fifth when Hays singled on a line drive to left field to score two and put the Orioles up 3-1.
Toro had an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the second and drove in two runs with an RBI single in the fifth to tie it at 3.
Astros: RHP Bryan Abreu (strained left calf) allowed one hit and no runs with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings in his second rehabilitation appearance for Triple-A Sugar Land on Tuesday night. … RHP Josh James, who has been out all season recovering from hip surgery, allowed one hit in one scoreless inning in his second rehabilitation game for Single-A Fayetteville on Tuesday night.
First lady Jill Biden and Doug Emhoff, the husband of Vice President Kamala Harris, were at Minute Maid Park to visit a COVID-19 vaccination event hosted by the Astros.
The two toured the pop-up clinic that was part of Major League Baseball’s “Vaccinate at the Plate” program and spoke to several people as they received their vaccines or waited after getting their shots. People who received the vaccine Tuesday night got two free tickets to an Astros game and a replica 2017 World Series ring.
Biden spoke to one man who wore his ring and she was asked what it was afterward.