Valdez has MLB-record 25th quality start, Astros down A’s

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Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez watches his three-run double against the Oakland Athletics during the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) — Framber Valdez set a major league record with his 25th straight quality start, and Yordan Alvarez and Martin Maldonado had four RBIs each to help the Houston Astros to an 11-2 rout of the Oakland Athletics.

Alvarez drove in three runs with a double in Houston’s five-run third inning. He padded the lead with an RBI double in the sixth.

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Valdez allowed two runs in six innings to pass Jacob deGrom for the most consecutive quality starts in a single season in MLB history.