The Astros offense has been nonexistent at times during the 2016 season. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow has attempted to insert a spark with young talent in the form of Tyler White, A.J. Reed, Teoscar Hernandez, and 2015 No. 2 pick overall Alex Bregman.
The move didn't work right away, but it appears to have turned the corner at least for Bregman. Bregman was 3-for-6 with three RBIs and one runs scored in the Astros' 12-2 win on Saturday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
On the other end, Astros starting pitcher Mike Fiers posted a quality start when the Astros desperately needed it. Fiers allowed one run on five hits over seven innings and struck out seven strikeouts.
Bregman put the Astros up earlier with laser two-run home run off Chris Tillman in the first inning. The Astros built on their lead in the second inning. Jason Castro doubled in Hernandez and Altuve hit a base-loaded single.
Tillman exited the third inning without recording an out. Tillman hit Evan Gattis (replay overturned the call), A.J. Reed, and Hernandez. Tillman forced home a run with a walk to Jason Castro.
The offense didn't stop there. George Springer blasted a two-run home run in the fifth. Carlos Correa and Castro drove in two more runs in the sixth. The Astros led 10-1 after six innings.
Second baseman Ryan Flaherty pitched the ninth for the O's and Jason Castro welcomed him with a home run. Bregman and Altuve hit back-to-back doubles to push the Astros' run total to 12.
The Astros go for the series win with Dallas Keuchel on the mound on Sunday.