Astros, Correa enjoy record-setting night
Franchise marks for total runs scored and homers by a rookie both fall
PHOENIX -- Who needs a designated hitter anyway?
The Astros erupted for the biggest offensive output in their history, setting a franchise record for runs scored -- including homers by George Springer, Carlos Correa, Colby Rasmus and Luis Valbuena -- to rout the D-backs, 21-5, on Friday night at Chase Field.
"I don't want to play the National League style at the end of the season because I want the DH," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of the season-ending Interleague set. "This game is crazy. Sometimes the strangest things happen. This is a hitter-friendly ballpark with the roof open. We came out swinging and did a lot of damage."
Correa set a club rookie record with his 22nd home run, breaking the mark set by Lance Berkman in 2000. He's the likely American League Rookie of the Year, hitting .282 with 67 RBIs and a .348 on-base percentage in 97 games.
"It feels great, even though it's not about me and my accomplishments," Correa said. "It's about the team and making the playoffs. It's good to be able to set a record like that. It's really cool, you know? You work toward some goals, and you accomplish things and you feel proud of it. At the end of the day, I focus more -- like I told you before -- on helping the team win ballgames. If that's hitting home runs, I will do it."
Correa went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and four runs scored and was a double shy of the cycle. The only player younger than Correa to record a homer, triple, single and walk in a game since 1914 is Hall of Famer Ted Williams (1939).
Ironically, backup shortstop Jonathan Villar doubled when he pinch hit for Correa, giving Houston a combined cycle of sorts at the position.
"It is crazy," Correa said. "I haven't played a whole season yet in the big leagues. Next year I'll have a lot of goals for next year and I'll be working really hard in the offseason to accomplish more things for the team and help the team, but we're focused right now on this run we're having."
Springer was 2-for-7 with four runs scored and Rasmus was 2-for-4 with four runs scored. Valbuena was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. The Astros were 9-for-18 with runners in scoring position and scored in all but two innings.
"It was obviously good for us to come out and score tonight, just to kind of show our offense that can happen at any time," Springer said.
It was a two-run single in the eighth inning by rookie Matt Duffy that gave the Astros 21 runs, breaking the previous record of 19.
"Most of the time, when we score well like this, we score without the home run a lot," Hinch said. "And it doesn't feel like that because of the notoriety we get for our power. Springer's big home run, Rasmus' big home run after almost drawing a walk, continuing to hand off to the next guy is a theme that we use when we're good. And tonight we were good."