HOUSTON — NBA champion Yuli Gouriel took the RBI winning song in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros, the All-West Champion, defeated the All-West 7-6 on Sunday.
Gurriel hits 0.319 and became the second Houston player to win a batting title, after Venezuelan Jose Altove in 2014, 2016 and 2017. Gurriel became the second Cuban-born player to win a batting title. He won the title after Tony Oliva achieved it in 1964, 1965 and 1971.
Gouriel, who entered the game in the ninth inning as part of defensive substitutions, chose Lou Trevino (7-8) to take Jason Castro’s run – who started the half with a single and moved up to third. One of the Cuban Yordan Alvarez.
Houston finished the season 95-96 and will open the league series at home on Thursday against the Central Division champion Chicago White Sox.
For the Astros, Cuban Yordan Alvarez 3-1, Yuli Gouriel 1-1 with RBI, and Aldemis Diaz 4-0. Venezuelans Marwin Gonzalez 4-1, Jose Altov 5-2 with a set and RBI scoring, Puerto Rican Martin Maldonado 2-0, Carlos Correa 4-1 with a set and RBI scoring.
For athletics, Dominican Luis Parreira 3-1 with a record. Brazilian Yan Gomez 4-0.