Astros' Gonzalez ends record solo HR streak

He slugs 26th career home run, first with runner on base

May 7th, 2016

HOUSTON -- Marwin Gonzalez finally hit a home run with a man on base, ending his Major League record streak at 25 solo shots in the Astros' 6-3 win over the Mariners on Friday.

Gonzalez cranked a two-run homer just beyond the right-field wall in the second inning, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead.

It was far more than his second home run this season or the 26th of his five-year career. No other hitter in Major League history has tallied more than 11 home runs without bringing someone else in with him.

"It feels good to get more than one RBI finally," he said. "But the more important thing was it helped us win today."

Todd Dunwoody, the second-place finisher in this strange statistic, spent more than 400 of his 986 career plate appearances as a leadoff man, which partially explains his presence, but Gonzalez has rarely started atop the lineup.

"We didn't know what to do. Do you celebrate, do you not celebrate?" Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We gave him a little bit of the cold shoulder, the silent treatment. Really proud of him; it took a long time. That was a fun moment. I think everybody in the dugout knew what that moment meant, not only for our team but for Marwin to hit a two-run homer."