Rough outing for Zach Plesac in Cleveland Guardians' loss to Houston Astros

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Guardians starting pitcher Zach Plesac, right, is removed from the game by manager Terry Francona during the fifth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. [Eric Christian Smith/Associated Press]
Guardians starting pitcher Zach Plesac, right, is removed from the game by manager Terry Francona during the fifth inning of a 7-3 loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. [Eric Christian Smith/Associated Press]

HOUSTON — Framber Valdez pitched seven strong innings and Kyle Tucker led the offense with a three-run homer to help the Houston Astros to a 7-3 win over the Guardians on Tuesday night.

Valdez (4-2) allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings, collecting his third consecutive win and allowing the Astros to bounce back after dropping the series opener 6-1.

José Ramírez gave the Guardians an early lead when he homered for the second consecutive game with a solo shot in the first inning. The Astros went on top with a two-run double by Alex Bregman in the third before Tucker broke the game open with his home run off Zach Plesac (1-4) that made it 7-1 in the fifth.

Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (30) watches his three-run home run against the Guardians during the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game. The Astros won 7-3. [Eric Christian Smith/Associated Press]
Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker (30) watches his three-run home run against the Guardians during the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game. The Astros won 7-3. [Eric Christian Smith/Associated Press]

The Astros tagged Plesac for a season-high nine hits, and the seven runs tied his most of the year. He struck out five and walked one in 4⅔ innings to remain winless since April 21.

With two outs in the first, Ramírez sent the 12th pitch of the at-bat into the seats in left field for his 11th homer. It was just the second home run Valdez has allowed this season.

The Astros got their first base-runner when Plesac plunked Martín Maldonado with two outs in the third. Jose Altuve singled, and a walk by Michael Brantley loaded the bases.

Bregman then knocked a sharp line drive into the corner in left field for a double that scored two runs and put the Astros on top 2-1.

There were two outs in the fourth when Jeremy Peña singled and advanced to second on an error on a pickoff attempt by Plesac. Chas McCormick followed with an RBI double to extend the lead to 3-1.

Altuve and Brantley hit consecutive singles with no outs in the fifth before a one-out single by Yordan Alvarez drove in a run. With two outs and two strikes, Tucker deposited a curveball from Plesac into the bullpen in right-center to pad the lead to 7-1.

Myles Straw hit a ground-rule double to start the sixth and scored on a groundout by Ramírez with one out to get the Guardians within 7-2.

The Guardians added a run in the seventh when Oscar Mercado scored after Austin Hedges grounded into a force out.

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman fields a grounder by Guardians outfielder Myles Straw, who was out at first during the third inning of Tuesday night's game. The Astros won 7-3. [Eric Christian Smith/Associated Press]
Astros third baseman Alex Bregman fields a grounder by Guardians outfielder Myles Straw, who was out at first during the third inning of Tuesday night's game. The Astros won 7-3. [Eric Christian Smith/Associated Press]

Trainer's room

Astros: Right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who left his last start on May 16 on a stretcher, threw a bullpen session Tuesday. Odorizzi, on the 15-day injured list, said he has strained ligaments around his ankle and foot and there isn’t currently a timetable for his return.

Moment of silence

The teams observed a moment of silence and reflection for the victims of Tuesday’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, before the game. At least 19 children and two adults were killed in the attack about 85 miles from San Antonio.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Kyle Tucker has big hit in Houston Astros win over Cleveland Guardians