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Gattis sets franchise record for RBIs in June

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HOUSTON -- Evan Gattis -- the Astros' bearded, burly and barehanded designated hitter -- may be putting together the most productive June in franchise history.

Gattis recorded his 28th and 29th RBIs in June with a two-run double in the first inning of Wednesday's 7-6 walk-off win over the Blue Jays. The pair of RBIs tied Gattis with Jim Wynn (1967) and Jose Cruz ('84) for the most in franchise history in the month.

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HOUSTON -- Evan Gattis -- the Astros' bearded, burly and barehanded designated hitter -- may be putting together the most productive June in franchise history.

Gattis recorded his 28th and 29th RBIs in June with a two-run double in the first inning of Wednesday's 7-6 walk-off win over the Blue Jays. The pair of RBIs tied Gattis with Jim Wynn (1967) and Jose Cruz ('84) for the most in franchise history in the month.

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No. 30 was a doozy. Gattis smoked a two-out double in the fifth inning, scoring Alex Bregman -- who later drilled the walk-off home run -- to set the Astros' new franchise record for the month of June with 30 RBIs.

"It's been awesome," Gattis said. "That's the idea. To be honest, I hadn't really paid attention to that as much as I have tried to make a good swing at a good pitch. I didn't find out about the record or anything like that until a couple days ago. It helps having guys on [base] all the time. And I'm just glad things have kind of turned around from the way they started."

Video: TOR@HOU: Gattis brings home two with a double

Gattis has 30 RBIs on 24 hits with five doubles and eight home runs in 93 plate appearances (85 at-bats) in June. The Astros' DH batted .200 in March/April and began to heat up in May, where he decreased his amount of strikeouts and doubled his RBI total before June began.

Houston three games remaining in June, too -- Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the first three games of a four-game set against Tampa Bay.

"What [Gattis is] doing is being one of the most productive guys over the span of a few weeks," Astros manager AJ Hinch said.

Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston.

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