ANAHEIM, Calif. – Carlos Correa hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros split a short series against the AL West rival Los Angeles Angels with a 4-2 victory Tuesday.
Kyle Tucker and Aledmys Díaz hit back-to-back homers in the second inning for the Astros, who went an impressive 5-1 on their six-game road trip to start the season amid the incessant booing and jeering they'll hear indefinitely as fans react to their sign-stealing scandal in the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
“They seem unfazed by all the jeers and all the booing,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “It helped them concentrate even more at the start of the year. This team is very secure in their abilities, and they’re secure on and off the field.”
Mike Trout hit a 464-foot homer in the first inning and Shohei Ohtani had two hits, but the Angels dropped to 4-2 and failed to match the best six-game start in franchise history.
After starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Dylan Bundy traded strong innings early, Yordan Álvarez singled in the ninth off new Angels closer Raisel Iglesias (1-1).
Correa then crushed an 0-2 fastball off the low video board above the right field wall at Angel Stadium for his first homer of the season.
“You want to get all of these close wins that you can," Correa said. “I don’t know how many walk-offs I’ve got in my career, how many in the ninth inning, but I like hitting late in the game, when the game is on the line. That’s when I feel sexy.”
Iglesias has already given up two homers this season — one more than he allowed in all of 2020 with Cincinnati.