Potent Astros extend homer frenzy
Club has goes deep in 10 straight games and leads Majors with 107
ANAHEIM -- There is no more dangerous -- and entertaining -- offense in baseball than when the Astros are clubbing home runs at a frenzied pace, as they have been for the past 10 days.
The Astros hit three more home runs -- a three-run blast by Carlos Correa that broke the game open and two more by third baseman Luis Valbuena -- to cruise past the Angels, 13-3, on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
The Astros have homered in 10 consecutive games, which is their longest streak since 2007, and nine of those have been multi-homer contests. What's more, they're 29-2 when they hit more than one long ball in a game and lead the Majors with 107 home runs.
"When we go up 4-0 after a big swing like that, that's taking control of the game," manager A.J. Hinch said.
Correa went 3-for-5 and put the Astros ahead, 4-0, in the second inning with his fourth career homer. He joins J.D. Martinez (2011) and Jon Singleton (2014) as the only Astros to hit four home runs in their first 15 career games.
"Well, you know, I'm hitting second in the lineup, so whatever the situation dictates I will try to do it," Correa said. "If I got to move the runner over I will do it, hit and run. Whatever A.J. needs me to do. So I got to stick with my role, I'm hitting second and I know I can drive the ball so I will do it when I need to do it."
Hinch said some of Correa's outstanding defense is going to get overshadowed by his offense.
"I think he's not scared off by the moment, he's not timid at all," he said. "His baserunning has been excellent. He plays the game. He beat out a ground ball to get an RBI in a game in hand. He's doing a lot of things right early and gaining a lot of confidence at this level."
Valbuena went 3-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs for his third multi-homer game of the year and second this month. He's tied with Nelson Cruz for second in the AL with 19 home runs, which is three higher than his previous career high of 16 set last year, and one more than Angels slugger Mike Trout.
"When he catches a ball on time, it's a sight to see," Hinch said. "He can really do damage against balls that he catches on time. I even think the base hit to left field for him against the shift was some confidence for him. He works to get good pitches to hit. He's been unlucky a little bit this year, so to have him some success is big. He might have more home runs than singles.
Close. He has 22 singles.
"I not try to hit a home run," Valbuena said. "Every time I go up there and I try to hit it hard and the ball just goes. I'm so happy for that."