The Astros took out yet another can of whup-ass on an AL opponent, tonight battering the AL Central-leading Chicago White Sox 10-2. Although only getting eight hits, the big blows were three long-balls, one each courtesy of Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, and Abraham Toro, replacing the injured Alex Bregman.
Meanwhile, Jose Urquidy was sharp yet again, limiting the Sox to two runs in seven innings, allowing just four hits and a walk, while striking out five against a potent White Sox lineup.
The Astros went to work early on Sox starter Dylan Cease with a three-run homer by Michael Brantley in the first inning after an Altuve infield hit and an error put two Astros on board.
So, so smooth.#VoteBrantley https://t.co/KU0lDZuNLB pic.twitter.com/4bMbpZZIUg— Houston Astros (@astros) June 18, 2021
The Astros added four more in the fourth on an RBI double by Carlos Correa, a two-RBI single by Toro, and a sac fly by Altuve.
Altuve added another run in the sixth with a solo homer, his 16th of the year, his fourth in the last three games, and eighth in the last ten.
The #Astros tie an MLB record with 10 straight multi-homer games on this swing from Jose Altuve. #VoteAltuve https://t.co/Ft11KpoMmj pic.twitter.com/9UEZW2oG1p— Houston Astros (@astros) June 18, 2021
Altuve’s homer made it ten straight two-homer games for the Astros, tying a Major League record.
Game MVP Toro ended the scoring with a two-run homer in the seventh. He accounted for four RBI and two runs scored.
The best offense in baseball strikes again. #VoteAstros https://t.co/EJLM6BJo46 pic.twitter.com/AtWUxBbBMO— Houston Astros (@astros) June 18, 2021
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