Yordan Alvarez hit a three-run homer in his first inning of the season after recovering from COVID-19, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 11-1 on Friday night.
The Cuban slugger hit his homer as part of a nine-run Astros attack in the first inning.
Alvarez was last year’s AL Rookie of the Year, hitting .313 with 27 home runs. He missed the first 18 games of this campaign, after testing positive for coronavirus before summer camp.
In his 2020 debut, he produced four runs, including three with his blow to the opposite field against compatriot Néstor Cortés in the first act. In that same inning, Álvarez hit again, bases loaded, but grounded for a double play.
Cortés (0-1) was named the starter less than an hour before the first pitch. Yusei Kikuchi, who was originally contemplated, suffered from cramps in his neck.
The Cuban made just the second start in his career. He allowed seven touchdowns and five hits. He retired just one batter before being relieved.
Dominican Framber Valdez (1-2) took the victory.
For the Mariners, there were no Latin Americans at bat.
For the Astros, Venezuelan José Altuve 5-0 with an RBI. The Cubans Álvarez 4-1 with one scored and four RBIs, Yuli Gurriel 4-2 with two runs scored and one RBI. Puerto Ricans Carlos Correa 2-0 with one scored and one produced, Martín Maldonado 2-1 with one scored and two RBIs.