Houston led by three races when Luis Robert opened eighth with a broken stick single. There was a shot in the middle when Robert scored a goal for AJ Pollock’s trio. He scored for Jake Burger and reduced the lead to 4: 3, but Héctor Neris hit Reese McGuire to limit the damage.
Ryan Pressly lost the 13th defense.
Matijevic scored 2-0 when Michael Kopech sent the fast (2: 3) to the left. opposite homer with two outs in the fourth shift.
“It was really cool,” Baker said of Matijevic’s first hit.
The 26-year-old, who was playing in his sixth Premier League game, blew bubbles around the bases and happily hugged José Altuve as he approached the quay.
“When I rounded the bases, I took everything in,” Matijevic said. “I didn’t really think of anything, but I looked up and saw all the fans and other things, and I really understood that, and it was a special moment.”
The 16-year-old boy caught Matijevic’s home run ball and ESPN announced that he had exchanged it for a package that included six tickets, six punches, a ball signed by Altuve and a shirt signed by Justin Verlander.
“I was going to give the child a signed bat because that’s all I wanted,” Matijevic said. “But man, he’s the best negotiator I’ve ever seen.”
Danny Mendick went with one in the fifth game and hit a double with Robert’s two throws, reducing the lead 2: 1.
Jason Castro made the save, with no outs. Dubón then connected in his third home game this season would be 4: 1.
Returning to the top of the season, Kopech made seven hits in four runs and four strokes in five rounds after leaving the first shift last Sunday when he felt discomfort in his right knee. It was the second time this season that he promised the game to two home teams.
Houston starter Cristian Javier (4-3) fired five hits and one race and tied the top of the season with four rounds in five rounds to get his first win after May 25th.
“I think it went well,” he said through an interpreter in Spanish. “I just tried to focus more than before and was able to achieve it and stay in the game.”
Astros led 1-0 early after Kyle Tucker’s RBI single when he lost in the first. Kopech came to the rescue of the Matijevici. Houston striker Alex Cintron then shouted at home court referee Cory Blaser about the strike and was thrown out in between.
The second and third runners-up were the White Sox, who had one field after the McGuire double. However, Javier retired Josh Harrison and Adam Haseley to escape the blockage.
Astros did not have a striker, Yordan Alvarez, who injured his hand on his last strike Saturday. Baker said they do not believe Alvarez’s injury is serious, and he is listed on a daily basis
White Sox: 3B Yoán Moncada was out of play
for the second game in a row after he left in the third shift on Friday night because the left thigh muscle was tense. La Russa said Moncada would be reassessed on Monday and they hope it will be able to avoid a trip to the injured list. … La Russa said SS Tim Anderson (groin), who was injured on May 29, will be activated on Monday. … RHP Matt Foster was shortlisted before Sunday and Haseley was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte to take his place on the list.
Astros: SS Aledmys Díaz was out on Sunday after he left Saturday’s game with discomfort in his left shoulder.
White Sox: Chicago man Lance Lynn (0: 0, 6.23 ERA) will compete against José Berríos of Toronto in the opening game of the three-game series on Monday night.
Astros: Houston will be out on Monday before the opening of a two-game league series with the New York Wild on Tuesday night.
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