Venezuela’s Altuve departs with three home runs, Dominican de la Cruz gets the decision for the Marlins

Venezuelan star Jose Altuve hit three home runs in the Astros’ win over the Rangers on Tuesday, while Dominican Brian de la Cruz hit a home run for the Marlins against the Dodgers in the Major Leagues.

Altuve hit three homers in the game as the champion Houston Astros defeated the Texas Rangers, 14–1.

His Puerto Rican teammate Martín Maldonado homered twice and Cuban Yordan Álvarez drove in his 24th of the season.

The win went to Framber Valdez (11-9), who pitched a solid seven innings with one run.

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Earlier, De La Cruz hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning to give the Miami Marlins a 6–3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Outfielders Jazz Chisholm Jr., Josh Bell and Jake Burger also scored to help Miami win its fifth game in a row.

Los Angeles reliever Ryan Yarbrough (7-6) – the eventual loser – hit Burger with a pitch before de la Cruz hit his 18th home run to give the Fish a 5-for-3 lead. Chisholm followed with his solo shot.

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The win came from reliever Andrew Nardi (7–1), while closer Tanner Scott got the final three outs for his fifth save.

In the fifth, Bell hit a two-run home run that put Miami ahead 3–2. Jorge Soler reached a walk with one out before Bell connected on a home run by Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw.

Freddie Freeman and Will Smith’s RBI singles in the third gave the Dodgers a 2–0 lead.

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But Miami narrowed the gap in the fourth with Berger’s homer. Burger has hit 31 home runs this season and has hit six home runs since joining the Marlins on August 1.

The Dodgers played their first game since Mexican star pitcher Julio Urias was arrested Sunday night on charges of causing serious bodily injury to his spouse. Urias did not travel with the Dodgers to Miami.

In Washington, Spanish-born Pete Alonso hit his 42nd home run and teammate Brandon Nimmo hit two rounds to support the pitching work of Colombian José Quintana as the New York Mets defeated the Nationals 11–5.

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Rookie Francisco Alvarez also hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor hit it for the Metropolitans.

The Mets had scored two or fewer runs in six of their eight starts this season.

Quintana (2-5) pitched a season-high seven innings. He allowed one run and did not allow a hit after the third.

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The loss was caused by starter Patrick Corbin (9–13), who gave up a season-high eight runs and was scoreless in five innings for the first time since opening day, as Washington lost for the sixth time.

The Mets are now 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals in last place in the NL East.

Lindor’s 26th home run started a three-run third inning.

Corbin reached 13 losses for the fifth time in his career, including the last three seasons with the Nationals.

The 34-year-old left-hander helped lead Washington to a World Series title in 2019 in the first year of his $140 million, six-year contract, but has since gone 26-55.

– Tuesday’s results in the major leagues:

Twins 8×3 for Guardians

Brewers to Pirates 7×3

Marlins to Dodgers 6×3

Reds on Mariners 7×6

Yankees to Tigers 5×1

Citizens Meet 11×5

Cardinals at Braves 10×6

Royals to White Sox 7×6

Cubs to Giants 11×8

Astros vs Rangers 14×1


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