Astros Pound Braves With Five-Run First Inning

Atlanta Braves starter Bartolo Colon entered Tuesday’s game against the Astros as the only active major leaguer who had pitched at the Astrodome. Even the Dome’s cavernous outfield wouldn’t have helped against the Astros who rocked him for three home runs, including a pair in a five-run first inning that propelled Houston to an 8-3 win at Minute Maid Park.

“That is our game plan every night,” manager A.J. Hinch said about the first inning. “But it just doesn’t always work out that way. But we did a great job getting into the game obviously. That’s five really good at bats. It was a big inning for us and arguably our best inning to start a game.”

The win improved the Astros to 22-11, tied for the most wins in the majors with the Washington Nationals.

George Springer and Josh Reddick started the bottom of the first with singles before Jose Altuve singled in Springer to start the scoring. Carlos Correa followed with a 438-foot home run off the new center field batters eye to quickly push the lead to 4-0. Carlos Beltran went back-to-back with Correa, connecting for a 428-foot blast to right field before Colon even recorded an out.

“Every time you are capable of scoring early in the game, you give your team a sense of confidence that we can get to this guy (Colon),” Beltran added. “Being able to score five was huge for us.”

Josh Reddick connected for his 100th career homer with a long solo shot to the Astros bullpen in the fifth inning, increasing the Astros lead to 6-0.

The Braves finally got to Charlie Morton in the sixth inning, scoring three runs before Chris Devenski was summoned from the bullpen with the bases loaded and struck out Danny Santana to end the threat.

The Astros got two runs run back in the bottom of the sixth, the first on an Alex Bregman triple scoring Beltran, for a 7-3 lead. The triple allowed Bregman to extend his hitting streak to a team best 10 games.

The Astros and Braves will wrap up a brief two-game interleague series Wednesday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. Joe Musgrove (1-3 5.40) will start for Houston against Atlanta’s Jaime Garcia (1-1 3.99).

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