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Springer's HRs push Astros past club mark

Maldonado also homers twice as Houston smashes 2000 team's record
@brianmctaggart
September 10, 2019

HOUSTON -- Another day, another home run record for the Astros. One night after they tied a franchise single-game record by hitting seven home runs in a blowout win over the A's, the Astros set another club record in Tuesday's game when George Springer homered twice to give them 250

HOUSTON -- Another day, another home run record for the Astros.

One night after they tied a franchise single-game record by hitting seven home runs in a blowout win over the A's, the Astros set another club record in Tuesday's game when George Springer homered twice to give them 250 homers in a season. The previous record was 249 homers in 2000.

Martín Maldonado also homered twice -- raising Houston's season total to 252 -- in the Astros' 21-7 loss to Oakland on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros are the fifth team this season to set a franchise record for homers in a season, joining the Yankees, Twins, Dodgers and Padres.

Springer tied the record with a leadoff homer in the first inning, and he broke the record in the third. Springer has 33 home runs, one shy of his career high set in 2017. The Astros entered Tuesday with four players already having set career highs in homers: Jose Altuve (26), Alex Bregman (35), Michael Brantley (21) and Yuli Gurriel (27). Yordan Alvarez has a team rookie record with 24 homers.

The Astros have had a franchise-record six players hit at least 20 homers this year, and that doesn't include shortstop Carlos Correa, who's on the injured list with 19 home runs. He could return next week.

Unfortunately for the Astros, the A's were doing most of the long-ball damage on Tuesday, bashing five homers through four innings to take a 17-2 lead. This latest outburst was after the Astros beat the Mariners, 21-1, on Sunday and the A's, 15-0, on Monday.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter.