PHOENIX -- The Astros have had the reputation for the past few years as an offense that relies on the home run, and that's largely true. They showed Monday afternoon, though, that they can do some damage without hitting the ball out of the park.In an 8-3 win over the
PHOENIX -- The Astros have had the reputation for the past few years as an offense that relies on the home run, and that's largely true. They showed Monday afternoon, though, that they can do some damage without hitting the ball out of the park.
In an 8-3 win over the D-backs at Chase Field, the Astros scored as many as eight runs without hitting a homer for the first time since Aug. 9, 2014. Ten of their 13 hits were singles, with George Springer going 3-for-4 with two runs scored to lead the way.
"We scored eight runs early and got out of the gates hot, and it was nice to do it without the benefit of the home run," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We got a couple of good hits when we needed it, we got a couple of timely, well-located hits, and we continued to tack on and chase their starter out of the game early.
"We got to see a lot of their bullpen at the beginning of a four-game series, so there's a lot of benefit in doing that."
In addition to Springer, second baseman Jose Altuve (2-for-5), shortstop Carlos Correa (2-for-4), first baseman Tyler White (2-for-4) and catcher Jason Castro (2-for-3) each had multihit games. Castro had three RBIs, and Correa, who won Sunday's game in Anaheim with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in the 13th, had RBI singles in the second and fourth.
"I thought about that in the ninth inning," Correa said. "I was like, 'Wow, we didn't hit a home run, and we scored a lot of runs.' That says a lot about our offense. We're obviously clicking right now. The offense is doing a great job, and the pitching is doing an outstanding job. So hopefully we can keep it going, we can be consistent and keep winning ballgames."
The Astros, who were 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position, pieced together five hits in the second inning against Arizona starter Edwin Escobar, including consecutive singles by Springer, Altuve and Correa, to score four runs. They added a pair in the third and fourth innings to jump to an 8-1 lead.
"I think these last three weeks, we've played some good baseball," Springer said. "The last seven games, we've been able to string some together, which is obviously good for us. You have to take it one day at a time, and we'll see what happens."
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.