ARLINGTON -- George Springer increased his Major League-leading leadoff home run total to five in the Astros' 8-7 win over the Rangers on Sunday, and it was a doozy.
Springer deposited the very first pitch -- a 90-mph fastball from Rangers starter Matt Moore -- onto the grassy berm in straightaway center field at Globe Life Park. The ball traveled 423 feet, according to Statcast™, with an exit velocity of 103.1 mph.
"I just try to have a good at-bat," Springer said. "I try to hit the ball hard, looking for the ball in an area [to hit], especially to start the game. And if it's there, I'm not in the box to take. I'm there to hit. I took a big swing."
Springer now has 23 leadoff homers for his career. That ranks second on Houston's all-time list, behind only Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, who had 53 leadoff homers during his 20-year Astros career.
The leadoff homer, Springer's eighth against the Rangers and third this season, was part of a two-run inning for the Astros, who went on to sweep the four-game set with the Rangers.
Springer is now 18th on the all-time leadoff homer list, moving past former Indians outfielders Kenny Lofton and Grady Sizemore.