Alvarez blasts two home runs in return to lineup, Astros win home opener 8-3 over the Angels

Houston Astros' Yordan Alvarez (44) celebrates with Michael Brantley (23) after both scored on Alvarez's home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, April 18, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – There was plenty of excitement leading into the Houston Astros’ home opener, and Yordan Alvarez created even more of it with his bat.

The Astros’ slugger blasted two home runs to help lead the Astros over the Angels 8-3 on Monday evening, helping Houston start off their 2022 home campaign much like they did their overall 2022 season - with a win over the Angels.

Only this time, the win was in front of the home fans.

Alvarez had missed the previous four games with an illness. His bat certainly looked healthy on Monday. Both of his home runs were two-run shots.

The Astros had lost three of those four games missed by Alvarez.

Something to watch, however: Jose Altuve had to leave in the eighth inning after getting hurt running down to first base for an infield single. Astros manager Dusty Baker said after the game that Altuve suffered a left hamstring strain and is considered day-to-day.

Houston gets back in action on Tuesday night, with Framber Valdez scheduled to start for the Astros on the mound against Patrick Sandoval of the Angels.

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