Astros rip 6 HRs, cruise to 7th straight win

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Astros just keep rolling. George Springer hit two homers, including one that Statcast™ projected at 473 feet, while Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis also homered and each drove in three runs to carry the Astros to a 17-6 win that completed a three-game sweep over the Twins on Wednesday at Target Field.

The Astros clubbed six homers en route to extending their win streak to a season-high seven games, and their 22 wins in May tied a club record for most wins in any month. The 40 runs in the series set a franchise record, and the 17 runs and 19 hits were season highs for Houston.

Bye George! Springer launches 473-foot HR

Correa helped open the scoring for the Astros with a two-run homer off Hector Santiago in the first before singling home a run in the third. But it was Springer’s power that wowed, as he slammed a solo shot in the fifth off Santiago and a solo blast in the seventh off reliever Ryan Pressly. Springer’s first homer left the bat at 114.2 mph, going a projected 381 feet, while his second had an exit velocity of 112.6 mph and went a projected 473 feet. That homer was the farthest by an Astros player this year, per Statcast™, and second-longest in baseball in 2017 behind Jake Lamb‘s 481-foot blast.

Springer's upper-deck solo shot

The Twins, though, made it a one-run game with a two-run homer by former Astros catcher Jason Castro as part of a three-run sixth. But Houston got to Minnesota’s beleaguered bullpen, scoring six runs in the seventh to put the game away.

Right-hander David Paulino, ranked as the Astros’ No. 3 prospect and the No. 48 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, made his first start of the year, but was stuck with a no-decision, allowing two runs on five hits over four innings with eight strikeouts. Santiago took the loss, surrendering six runs on eight hits, including three homers, over six innings. Alex Bregman was the third to homer off Santiago with a solo shot in the sixth, giving Bregman a homer in three straight games.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and listen to his podcast.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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