A day ago Josh Reddick was pleading for a hit on Twitter after typing I will get a hit 13 times in one post worked for St. Louis outfielder Dexter Fowler.
Once Reddick got that first hit out of the way, he busted out in a big way Tuesday night.
Reddick hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning and a grand slam in Houston’s five-run seventh, leading the Astros to a 10-6 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
George Springer put Houston ahead to stay with a one-out RBI double in the seventh. Walks to Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa prompted Orioles manager Buck Showalter to replace Pedro Araujo (0-1) with Nestor Cortes.
The Dodgers tied it in the third when Austin Barnes led off with a double, advanced on Kershaw’s sacrifice and scored when Chris Taylor flew out to deep center. But Arizona regained the lead 2-1 in its half of the third. Peralta, hitless against Kershaw in eight career at-bats, hit a leadoff home run just over the right-field fence.
Arizona expanded its lead after Kershaw’s departure.
With runners at first and second and nobody out, the Diamondbacks sent reliever Jorge De La Rosa up to put down a sacrifice, but Alexander walked him to load the bases. After one out, Alexander walked Ketel Marte on a 3-2 pitch to bring in a run. Baez relieved Alexander and walked Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock to score two more.
Yankees: OF Jacoby Ellsbury hurt a hip in his comeback from an oblique injury, a setback that means OF Aaron Hicks (strained ribcage) is likely to return from the disabled list first. Hicks is eligible to be activated April 9.
RHP Luis Severino (1-0) starts Wednesday’s series finale for the Yankees and LHP Blake Snell (0-0) for the Rays. Severino will pitch with five days’ rest after allowing one hit in 5 2/3 scoreless innings during the opening win at Toronto. Snell pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Friday’s loss to Boston.
It sure did turn out to be a nifty piece of business, though. If we assume that the sixth-rounder is L.A.’s initial pick (No. 198), the Patriots picked up what amounts to the 33rd pick of the draft according to the Chase Stuart chart as part of this deal. The trade they made with the Saints last year sent the equivalent of the 29th pick in draft capital to New Orleans for Cooks. The difference between those two picks is somewhere around the 199th selection, a fateful number for Patriots fans. Belichick basically rented Cooks for a year, paid him less than $1.6 million during a season when his top two wideouts — Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan — were healthy for a combined total of eight games, and spent a late sixth-round pick in the process. He’s good at this.