Astros blast Rockies; remain on top
HOUSTON -- With the prospect of losing their ninth consecutive home game and their two game lead over the Oakland Athletics, the Houston Astros did what true champions do; win big.
The Astros unleashed a torrent of four doubles and a season-high five home runs amid 11 hits, as they thrashed the Colorado Rockies 12-1 Wednesday night.
With the win, Houston is now 74-47 on the season and own a two game lead over Oakland in the AL West. The Astros are 4-6 in their last 10 games and were scheduled to play a three-game road series against the Athletics starting Friday.
Against the Rockies, the Astros dominated in all areas. Starter Gerrit Cole (11-5, 2.71 ERA) matched the overwhelming performance of his teammates with one earned run surrendered and 12 strikeouts in six innings. He did not issue a walk.
Houston put up three runs in each of the first two innings and matched that in the bottom of the fifth.
Meanwhile, Evan Gattis and Tyler White each homered twice. Gattis had three hits and took over the team lead with 23 home runs.