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Springer, Altuve lead outburst vs. Braves

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ATLANTA -- George Springer finished a triple shy of the cycle, Josh Reddick hit a grand slam and Brad Peacock solidified his rotation spot as the Astros humbled Sean Newcomb on the way to claiming a 16-4 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

The Astros, who improved to 30 games over .500 at 57-27 and 30-9 on the road, banged out a season-high-tying 19 hits, capped by Reddick's grand slam off Jason Motte in the ninth inning. Houston has opened up a 16-game lead in the American League West.

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ATLANTA -- George Springer finished a triple shy of the cycle, Josh Reddick hit a grand slam and Brad Peacock solidified his rotation spot as the Astros humbled Sean Newcomb on the way to claiming a 16-4 win over the Braves on Tuesday night at SunTrust Park.

The Astros, who improved to 30 games over .500 at 57-27 and 30-9 on the road, banged out a season-high-tying 19 hits, capped by Reddick's grand slam off Jason Motte in the ninth inning. Houston has opened up a 16-game lead in the American League West.

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"We had a good game," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "There was a lot that happened tonight positively for us. We did a little bit of everything right. When we get going and the whole lineup contributes -- [and] our starter Peacock was exceptional -- we just continued to go at them."

Video: HOU@ATL: Reddick smashes a grand slam to right field

Springer recorded a hit in each of his first three plate appearances en route to a four-hit night, Jose Altuve (3-for-5) drove in four runs and Yuli Gurriel (3-for-5, four RBIs) contributed a couple of key doubles to back Peacock (6-1), who kept the Braves scoreless before allowing five straight batters to reach in Atlanta's three-run seventh inning. The Astros right-hander has produced a 3.66 ERA in eight starts since being moved out of the bullpen.

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Video: HOU@ATL: Peacock fans seven in six-plus innings

Newcomb surrendered 10 hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings as the Braves were unable to capitalize on the return of Freddie Freeman, who made the transition to third base while playing for the first time since fracturing his left wrist May 17. Freeman's two-out single in the first inning accounted for one of the four baserunners Atlanta generated through the first six innings.

"I fell behind some hitters and made some good pitches that they hit also at times," Newcomb said. "It was one of those nights where it was a good lineup and they hit some pitches that weren't maybe perfect but off from where they should've been. I just chalk it up to a good lineup as I didn't make all the pitches I should've and it didn't go well."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Powerful spark: Newcomb surrendered three doubles through the first three innings, but he limited his damage to one run until Springer began the four-run third inning by reaching across the plate to connect on a 3-2 curveball that snuck over the right-field wall for his 25th homer. He's the third Astros player to hit 25 homers prior to the All-Star break. The Astros center fielder has hit .365 with seven homers in his past 16 games.

Video: HOU@ATL: Springer clubs a solo homer to right

Double trouble: Gurriel's RBI double in the second inning accounted for the first extra-base hit Newcomb surrendered against his curveball in his blossoming career. The Astros first baseman then matched a career-best four-RBI performance with a three-run double in the third against the Braves' rookie starter, who hadn't allowed more than six hits in any of his previous four career starts.

"It is tough and you can't give them extra outs, that is for sure," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Against these guys, they get 27 outs and if they get one more, they can hurt you."

Video: HOU@ATL: Gurriel drives a three-run double to left

QUOTABLE
"You got to stay with him and he has to keep working. It wasn't a bad thing for them to face that team. It is something that he will learn from and take away and be all the better for it." -- Snitker, on Newcomb facing the Astros' tough lineup

"To tell you the truth, I thought it went over the fence and I hesitated and Springer started yelling at me and then I started running. It definitely was pretty bad baserunning." -- Peacock, on scoring his first career run while Springer shadowed him following an Altuve double

Video: HOU@ATL: Altuve drives in two with a double to center

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
The Astros posted seven doubles in consecutive games for the first time in club history. It's only happened 11 times previously in the Majors since 1913.

CORREA INJURED
Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa is listed as day to day after leaving in the fourth inning with left thumb discomfort. X-rays were negative. Correa appeared to jam his thumb while sliding into home plate and being tagged out by Braves catcher Tyler Flowers.

REPLAY REVIEW
Hinch unsuccessfully challenged a pair of calls on the same play in the fourth inning. He challenged a call that Brian McCann was out at first base when pitcher Luke Jackson initially had trouble securing the ball while tagging the base, and he challenged Flowers was in violation of the home-plate collision rule moments later when Correa tried to score from second and was tagged out. Both calls were confirmed.

Video: HOU@ATL: Braves turn unique inning-ending double play

WHAT'S NEXT
Astros: Right-hander Joe Musgrove returns from Triple-A to start Wednesday's 6:35 p.m. CT series finale against the Braves. Musgrove was demoted to Fresno after getting rocked for nine hits and 12 runs in 3 2/3 innings June 23 at Seattle. He went 0-3 with a 10.29 ERA in three starts prior to being sent down.

Braves: Jaime Garcia will take the mound when the finale of this two-game set begins Wednesday at 7:35 p.m. ET. Garcia's once-promising trade value has decreased as he has allowed six runs in each of his past three starts.

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Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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

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