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HOUSTON (AP) — After sitting out two days nursing a sore left knee, Yordan Alvarez didn’t waste any time getting back to work in his return to the Houston Astros’ lineup on Sunday.

The rookie drove in three runs to back up seven strong innings by Gerrit Cole and help the Astros to a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners to complete a three-game sweep.

“He’s a difference maker in the middle of the order when he gets pitches to hit and hits them hard,” manager AJ Hinch said. “It’s nice to have him back obviously. He’s still not moving around great … but he made a huge impact today.”

The Mariners led 1-0

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