HOUSTON – With a sagging offense and losses that were piling up, Houston manager Dusty Baker was searching for a way to jumpstart his team.
He found it Thursday night by putting Carlos Correa in the leadoff spot for the first time in his seven-year career.
Alex Bregman had three hits and three RBIs, Cristian Javier struck out a career-high nine in five scoreless innings and the Astros snapped a three-game skid with an 8-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels.
Correa had two hits, two RBIs and scored three runs. He batted first with Jose Altuve on the COVID-19 list, a spot Baker said he’d keep until Altuve returned.
When Baker approached Correa on Wednesday night about the move, the shortstop said he'd do whatever was necessary to help the team.
“When the leadoff man gets on base, gets an RBI, it makes everything else fall into place," Baker said. “Carlos did a great job tonight."
The Astros had lost nine of 10 after a 6-1 start. They put their road woes behind them quickly in the opener of an eight-game homestand by jumping on Alex Cobb (1-1) for five runs in less than three innings.
“It feels good to come out and score, especially against a team like the Angels because they can hit,” Baker said.