Emanuel goes 8 2/3 in relief in MLB debut, Astros bop Angels

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Houston Astros substitute pitcher Kent Emanuel, coming in for injured Jake Odorizzi, throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 24, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) — Kent Emanuel worked 8 2/3 innings in relief in his major league debut, saving Houston’s bullpen after Jake Odorizzi left early with an injury, and the Astros routed the Los Angeles Angels 16-2. Emanuel allowed five hits and two runs. The 28-year-old became the fourth pitcher in the modern era to have a relief outing of 8 2/3 innings or more in his debut, according to STATS. Alex Bregman hit a three-run homer, Yordan Alvarez had a season-high four RBIs and Carlos Correa had three hits including a homer for Houston. The Astros won their third straight following a three-game skid.