Friday's 13-4 Astros win over the Royals was an enjoyable laugher of a baseball game. Little did we know the Astros weren't done. The Astros put an encore performance in a 13-5 win over the Royals on Saturday.
The Astros face longtime 2-6 Chris Young on the mound Saturday. He was able to get out of the first without giving up a run like his counterpart Edinson Volquez. But the Astros blasted him in the second inning.
The frame opened with Colby Rasmus and A.J. Reed walking. Both would score on a Luis Valbuena double.Jason Castro and Marwin Gonzalez followed with a pair of singles, putting Houston up 3-0. Jose Altuve broke the game open with a three-run home run. Carlos Correa went back-to-back with Altuve with his 12 home run of the season. Houston led 7-0.
Marwin Gonzalez blasted a ball into the water fountains for the Astros' eighth run of the game in the fourth inning. Jose Altuve picked up the third part of the cycle in fourth with single -- he had the double from the first and home run from the second. Correa walked and Rasmus pushed both runners over with a groundout.
Reed picked up his first major league RBI with a flyout to left to score Altuve.
Altuve and Correa, this time, went back-to-back with doubles in the sixth inning to push the score to 10-3 Astros. Altuve settled for a double after tripping over his helmet at second base attempting to complete the cycle with a triple.
Rasmus, Gomez, Valbuena and Castro had a field day with Chien-Ming Wang and backup catcher Drew Butera pitching in the ninth, scoring three more runs.
Mike Fiers had an even worse outing than Dallas Keuchel on Saturday but 13 runs masks that. Fiers went 4 1/3 and allowed two earned runs on nine hits. Fiers had to rely on his secondary pitches as he struggled with his fastball command.
Altuve was 4-for-5 with three RBIs and three runs scored. A.J. Reed was 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.