Mancini hits his first career grand slam and two home runs for the Astros.
The Houston Astros defeated the Cleveland Guardians 9-3 on Friday night, with Trey Mancini leading the way with two home runs, including his first grand slam of the season.
Prior to the game, Astros manager Dusty Baker tested positive for COVID-19.
About two hours prior to the first pitch at 7:10 p.m., Baker held his customary pregame press conference.
Houston’s manager Baker, 73, is in his third year in that position.
Against Cleveland, Baker was replaced by bench coach Joe Espada.
Mancini hit a solo home run in the second and finished the Astros’ five-run third with a blast that cleared the 19-foot wall in left field and landed in the home run porch. Mancini was acquired from Baltimore on Monday to strengthen Houston’s already potent lineup.
Mancini said of his grand slam, “It took me a long time.”
“I’ve finally got one.”
In four games with Houston, Mancini, who will start at DH on Friday, has hit three home runs.
He was traded to the Astros along with Tampa Bay, making it a three-team transaction.
Mancini was diagnosed with Stage 3 colon cancer and missed the 2020 season.
After making a comeback, he won AL Player of the Year honors in the previous campaign.
During this season, Mancini played for Baltimore and batted.268 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs.
Mancini claimed that he settled down more after spending his first day with the Astros learning the names of his new teammates.
From the moment I was traded here, all I wanted to do was contribute to the team’s success.
“Hopefully I can continue it,” you say.
With a single in the third inning, Yordan Alvarez gave Houston a 2-1 lead by scoring his 73rd run of the season, placing third in the AL.
Three hits and an RBI came from Jose Altuve.
Amed Rosario hit a solo home run off Framber Valdez (10-4) in the first inning.
Until the seventh inning, when Luke Maile and Myles Straw brought in runs, the left-hander kept Cleveland at bay.
Will Benson, a rookie, was intentionally walked by Valdez, loading the bases with one out.
Rosario was retired by Seth Martinez on a popup, and pinch-hitter Nolan Jones was also retired.
In six and a third innings, Valdez gave up three runs and seven hits.
The first two games of this series have been dominated by Houston, which has won seven straight games at Progressive Field and outscored Cleveland 15-3.
Cleveland right-hander Hunter Gaddis (0-1), who was charged with eight runs in three and a half innings, had his major league debut ruined by Mancini and the Astros.
He retired the side in the right order.
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Trey Mancini led the Astros to an emphatic 9-3 win over Cleveland GuardiansMancini has made a huge impact since being traded from Baltimore on Monday Mancini, starting at DH on Friday, has homered three times in four games