Alex Bregman kicked off a ninth inning of five runs, and the Astros rallied 7-5 under a smoky sky on the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night on their first visit to Houston since the infamous 2017 World Series.
The Dodgers took the lead in the ninth run with three runs when Kenley Jansen (3-1) came closer and gave up four hits in a row without an out.
Carlos Correa and Aledmys Diaz split, Josh Reddick scored a double with two runs and Martin Maldonado added another single. George Springer then opted for an outfield player's decision against third baseman Max Muncy, who had made a mistake while Reddick hit the game with 5.
Bregman followed with a single to the middle that made it 6-5. Bregman hit Yuri Gurriel's sacrificial fly to give Adam Kolarek a 7-5 lead.
The Astros improved to 7-17 on the road after taking losses in eight of their last nine games.
Josh James (1-0) took the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief. Ryan Pressly earned his ninth save.
The game lacked the fiery emotion of the teams' matchup on July 29th. However, there were several reminders that Dodger fans didn't forget the Astro's cheating scandal at their championship three years ago.
A plane dragged a banner that read "Houston Cheats Bang Bang" over the stadium.
Fans are not allowed this season due to the coronavirus, but a group of Dodger supporters greeted the Astro's bus as it pulled in. They shook large plastic and metal trash cans in mid-air, a reference to Houston's sign-theft scheme involving signal pitches by hitting trash cans.
"I loved it," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts before the game. “You have the right to do anything to express your feelings. Just shows the passion that Dodger fans have. "
Pitcher Joe Kelly honked in support as he drove his black Porsche into the stadium.
The stadium organist also performed. Dieter Ruehle played "Lyin & # 39; Eyes" by the Eagles; "The Sign" by Ace of Base; "Bangin & # 39; on a Trash Can (Think Big)" by Doug; and "Bang Your Head" by Quiet Riot.
The last time the teams met, Kelly was suspended for throwing pitches that nearly hit multiple Astros batters before taunting Correa with a pouting expression as he walked off the field after the Astros bat knocked out .
Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernández hit consecutive homers for the Dodgers.
Taylor shot a two-run shot into the pavilion on the right with two outs in the second, giving Los Angeles a 2-1 lead. Hernández followed with a solo shot at almost the same spot on the right, the third time the Dodgers have faced each other this season.
Corey Seager tripled off the wall in the center left and met AJ Pollock's sacrificial fly in the third.
Seager added a two-hit RBI single in the fifth, scored by Mookie Betts, who left and finished second on a wild field from Framber Valdez.
Houston's other runs came on Gurriel's RBI single in first and his outfield player's choice in second place in eighth.
Valdez gave up five runs and five hits in five innings. The left-hander hit seven and went one.
Julio Urias started for the Dodgers, allowing one run and three hits in six innings. He struck three and went four.
Both teams trained inside before the game to limit exposure to smoke from a nearby wildfire that has been choking the Los Angeles skies for a week. The picturesque view of the San Gabriel Mountains beyond the field of the stadium was obscured.
Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (right forearm load) should throw on Saturday and will be hit live next time. … 2B Jose Altuve (right knee sprain) hit the batting cage and planned to test his running in the field. He could return home next week. … LHP Blake Taylor (left elbow pain) could return next week. … RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (Neck Nerve Irritation) is waiting for his condition to settle down so he can return.
Dodgers: RHP Dustin May, who took a line from his left foot in Arizona, had a CT scan that showed a bruise but no break. The team has not made a decision either on its next start or on a possible IL stint. … RHP Walker Buehler (blister for the right hand) played catch with the blister covered. … 3B Justin Turner (left thigh load) will be there live on Sunday and could return to the road trip next week. … RHP Pedro Baez (right groin) was activated and worked in relief.
Kelly is unavailable for the two-game series as he is releasing his five-game suspension on the pitches that nearly hit several Astros batters last month. Kelly has just been reinstated because of a shoulder infection. He threw an inning in a simulated game on Saturday but was then forced to leave the stadium. His original eight-game ban was reduced on appeal, but Kelly still believes he didn't deserve the punishment.
Astros: RHP Zack Greinke (3-1, 3.27 ERA) made his first loss of the season in Oakland. He gave up a season high of four runs and seven hits over six innings.
Dodgers: It's going to be a bullpen game with four or five pitchers.