Astros slug season-high 5 homers to rout Angels 9-1

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Houston Astros' Jose Altuve (27) is congratulated by first base coach Omar Lopez (22) after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


HOUSTON (AP) — José Altuve and Yuli Gurriel homered early as the Houston Astros hit a season-high five long balls in a 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Altuve launched a leadoff homer and Gurriel, who also went deep Tuesday, added his two-run shot later in the first inning. Kyle Tucker also connected for a second straight game when he smacked another two-run drive off Andrew Heaney in the sixth to make it 5-0. Yordan Álvarez hit a solo homer and Chas McCormick added a three-run shot in the eighth to help the Astros win their second consecutive series. Houston starter José Urquidy left in the fourth with posterior shoulder discomfort. Brandon Bielak went 3 1/3 innings for the win.