HOUSTON – Zack Greinke’s debut with the Houston Astros on Tuesday night was made easier by the warm welcome he received from his new teammates in the days since his trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It didn’t hurt that the Astros also provided him a ton of offense.
Greinke labored through six innings but wound up with a win as Houston hit four home runs to beat the Colorado Rockies 11-6.
“Sometimes it’s a little awkward, but I feel pretty good here,” said Greinke who is playing for his sixth team. “Guys make it real easy. So, it didn’t feel awkward at all like some other times when I’ve been on new teams.”
Playing in front of a season-high crowd of 43,243, the AL West leaders won their fifth straight. Yuli Gurriel hit two homers, Yordan Alvarez added a two-run drive and Carlos Correa homered and drove in three runs.
Greinke (11-4), a six-time All-Star who was traded on Wednesday, yielded seven hits and five runs with two walks and two strikeouts. He left with the game tied at 5-5, tagged by Raimel Tapia’s three-run homer in the sixth.
But Houston scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by Correa’s home run, to give Greinke his first win since July 5.
“I was telling (catcher Martín Maldonado) Maldy that it kind of reminds me of back when I was in Milwaukee, it seemed like we scored like 10 runs a game,” Greinke said. “So it’s a good offense and it’s fun to pitch with that going on.”
Yankees 9, Orioles 4
In Baltimore, New York continued its home run binge against Baltimore, hitting six more.
One night after going deep five times, the Yankees went one better against the Orioles’ beleaguered pitching staff. Mike Tauchman and DJ LeMahieu went back-to-back in the third inning and Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin did the same in the ninth. Didi Gregorius also connected
In Other Games
White Sox 5, Tigers 3 (1st)
Tigers 10, White Sox 6 (2nd)
Royals 6, Red Sox 2
Rays 7, Blue Jays 6 (10)
Reds 8, Angels 4
Padres 9, Mariners 4
Athletics 11, Cubs 4
Braves 12, Twins 7
Nationals 5, Giants 3
Diamondbacks 8, Phillies 4
Dodgers 3, Cardinals 1
Mets 5, Marlins 0
Brewers 4, Pirates 3
Rangers at Indians, ppd.