Los Angeles Dodgers vs Houston Astros MLB Baseball Preview
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With the Houston Astros lifting attendance restrictions ahead of a nine-game season at home with three of the best teams in the majors, the atmosphere at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday was fully charged for the first time since Game 7 of the season. 2019 World Series.
The Los Angeles Dodgers not only felt the energy pulsing through the stadium, they also fueled it as they posted a 9-2 victory in Game 1 of a two-game interleague series that extended their eight-game winning streak.
The Dodgers offered different perspectives on the importance of the contest against the team that defeated them in the 2017 World Series, an Astros organization later revealed that it executed a signal stealing bet this season.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner, who finished 2-for-5 with a two-run homer, said: "They all mean the same thing. Obviously, the history between the two teams doesn't go unnoticed, but they all mean the same thing."
Right-hander Trevor Bauer (5-2, 1.98 ERA) begins Wednesday as the Dodgers continue a short sweep.
Bauer, victorious in his last start on Friday after allowing an undeserved run with two hits and four goals with 11 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings in a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants, recorded fewer than six innings in nine out of 10 starts this season.
He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in nine consecutive starts. Bauer is 8-0 with a 2.90 ERA in nine career starts against the Astros, including a 4-0 record and a 1.35 ERA in four starts at Minute Maid Park.
Right-hander Luis Garcia (2-3, 3.38 MPM) will start for Houston.
After earning his first career victory allowing one run and five hits and two marches with five strikeouts in five innings against the Texas Rangers on May 15, Garcia posted a second straight victory over the Oakland Athletics on May 20, allowing two runs and three hits. . and two walks with seven strikeouts in five innings.
He has averaged five innings in his last four starts and hasn't pitched more than 5 2/3 innings in one start. He will mark his first career start against the Dodgers and his third interleaved appearance.
The Astros lamented his flat performance in front of their biggest home crowd this season (34,443) on Tuesday. Dodgers fans were strong and vocal, but after winning eight of nine games to take first place in the American League West, Houston lost four straight games and lost one game to the Oakland Athletics.
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