Heavy hitters: Astros down Braves with 2Bs

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ATLANTA — After Joe Musgrove‘s gem suddenly evaporated Wednesday night at SunTrust Park, George Springer capped his three-hit night with a go-ahead single and the Astros became the second team on record to record seven doubles in three consecutive games as Houston completed a sweep of the two-game set with a 10-4 win over the Braves.

Jaime Garcia delivered a two-out, two-run single in Atlanta’s game-tying four-run fifth inning, but the Braves left-hander surrendered 10 hits, including Norichika Aoki‘s leadoff double in the seventh. Springer then greeted Jason Motte with a go-ahead single before scoring on a double by Jose Altuve, who also enjoyed a three-hit night.

Freddie Freeman‘s first-inning single accounted for the only hit Musgrove surrendered before allowing four straight two-out hits in the fifth inning. Garcia might have restored some of his trade value as he pitched more effectively than he had in his past three starts. But his effort was not enough to tame a potent offense Astros offense that has tallied a double-digit run total three times as the team has won six of its past seven games.

Jake Marisnick, Josh Reddick (two), Alex Bregman, Aoki, Altuve and Marwin Gonzalez all recorded doubles for Houston. The only other team since at least 1913 to record seven doubles in three consecutive games was the 1999 Indians.

Mark Bowman has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2001.

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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