HOUSTON (AP) – Chris Johnson had been waiting all season to hit his first home run.
After finally knocking one out of the park in his first at-bat Wednesday, there was almost no wait for No. 2.
Johnson had a pair of homers in consecutive at-bats among his four hits and drove in a career-high six runs to back up another solid outing by Wandy Rodriguez, and the Houston Astros beat the New York Mets 8-1 to complete a three-game sweep.
“It was a special day,” Johnson said. “This is probably my best day in the major leagues. This is something I’ll never forget.”
The win gave Houston its first series sweep of the season and first series win since the opening three games.
“The biggest thing is these guys are realizing that the things they are doing wins games,” Houston manager Brad Mills said. “And if they do these things, we can continue to win games.”
Johnson’s first homer of the season off Chris Schwinden (0-1) was a three-run shot to the Crawford Boxes in left field that put Houston up 3-0 in the second inning. Jed Lowrie and Brian Bogusevic reached on consecutive singles.
Johnson went deep again in his next at-bat, this one a two-run homer to left center that pushed the lead to 5-0. It was the first career multi-homer game for Johnson and first by an Astro this year.
Johnson has been playing well this season after a tough year in 2011 when he struggled and spent time in Triple-A. But he was still bothered seeing the zero on the board on his home run total.
“It was a little frustrating, but there was no panic,” he said. “I was working on my approach mainly and I got a couple today.”