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.
After Houston starting pitcher Zack Greinke and Los Angeles counterpart Dylan Bundy traded strong innings early, Yordan Álvarez singled in the ninth off new Angels closer Raisel Iglesias (1-1).
Correa then drove a liner off the low video board above the right field wall at Angel Stadium for his first homer of the season.
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.
Ryan Pressly (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for Houston, getting Justin Upton to ground into a game-ending double play.
Angels fans again serenaded the Astros’ veterans with choruses of boos. Although nobody threw a trash can onto the Angel Stadium field as they did twice Monday night in the series opener, the day crowd included a fan in a full-size Oscar the Grouch costume.
Greinke followed up his six scoreless innings on opening day with seven strong innings of five-hit ball for the Astros.
He dueled to a stalemate with Angels opening-day starter Bundy, who struck out 10 over six innings of four-hit ball in another strong outing.
Trout homered in both games against Houston, and his lengthy shot to left in the first inning scored Ohtani. The three-time AL MVP’s homer was traveling 113.2 mph off the bat.
The Astros answered with consecutive homers by Tucker and Díaz off Bundy, who allowed no other hits while racking up nine strikeouts over his first five innings.
Both starting pitchers controlled the middle innings, and Bundy struck out Tucker with his final pitch to strand two Astros in scoring position in the sixth.