Osuna, back from ban, earns win in Astros debut
Roberto Osuna, fresh off a 75-game suspension and making his Astros debut, earned the win Monday as Houston rallied to beat the Giants 3-1 in San Francisco.
Osuna, 23, was punished for violating Major League Baseball's domestic-violence policy. The right-handed reliever was arrested May 8 and charged with assaulting his girlfriend in Toronto. Osuna is next due in court on Sept. 5.
On Monday, a few boos were heard when Osuna entered the game at AT&T Park with Houston trailing 1-0 in the eighth inning. Osuna (1-0) set down the side in order, then wound up with the victory when Marwin Gonzalez hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning.
Hector Rondon pitched the bottom of the ninth for his 12th save.
Osuna said, according to ESPN, "It was really special coming back and feeling the mound again. I was really excited about today. I got the opportunity to pitch, and the most important thing is that we won tonight."
Osuna began his suspension when he was on the Blue Jays' roster. The Astros traded Ken Giles and two minor-leaguers to Toronto on July 30 to acquire Osuna, who was added to Houston's active roster Sunday after his 75-game ban expired.
His arrival in Houston received a muted reception, with teammates such as Justin Verlander, an outspoken critic of domestic violence, saying they would wait to pass judgment. The players held a closed-door meeting with Osuna when he joined the club Sunday.
In 15 appearances for Toronto earlier this year, Osuna had no decisions and nine saves while compiling a 2.93 ERA. In four major league seasons, all with the Blue Jays until Monday, Osuna is 9-13 with 104 saves in 124 chances plus a 2.85 ERA.
Osuna will be eligible for the postseason, as players suspended for domestic violence are eligible to play in the playoffs, unlike those banned under MLB's policy prohibiting performance-enhancing drugs.
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