Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – No Jose Altuve, no problem it turns out.
Friday night The Houston Astros rested Altuve to start the three-game home stand with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Instead of packing it in, down an all-star second baseman, Carlos Correa and George Springer, for the first time all season, the scrappy Astros beat the Blues 16-7.
Early and often the Astros scored Friday night, as they had 18 total hits, scoring in six different innings.
In the first inning, Yuli Gurriel got the scoring started when he launched a two run homer to center field.
The scoring turned into a parade during the fourth inning when the Astros sent 15 batters to the plate, scoring nine times.
During the inning, the Astros got a three-run home run from Marwin Gonzalez and a two-run home run from Alex Bregman, he’d also missed a grand slam by a few feet as Steve Pearce made a catch right at the left field wall to mercifully end the inning.
In the fourth, it would take three Blue Jays pitches to get three outs, and at one point the Astros sent 10 straight batters to the plate with two outs.
“Every body is fired up,” Alex Bregman said of the fourth inning. “We’ve done that a few times this year and it’s just a blast when we do that, really everyone is just trying to put together quality at-bats and pass the torch to the next guy.”
Every single batter for the Astros had at least one hit Friday night, and while Jake Marisnick had a hit and a RBI, he was the only guy who didn’t score at least one run.
Gurriel on the night would finish with three hits and three RBI’s, and with his two walks, he reached base all five times.
The Astros 33-year-old rookie had himself a game, but it was Tyler White who would end up having the best night at the plate finishing with four hits in five at-bats. In his final at-bat, he was a triple shy of a cycle, but instead hit his second home run of the night, finishing the game with five RBI’s.
“I knew I had three (hits),” Tyler White said when asked about going for the cycle. “If that one was hitting off the wall I was running as hard as I could, I knew it was there, but a home run will do as well.”
With the Astros win, they snapped their three games losing streak to start the month of August.