George Springer led off Sunday's contest at Global Warming Park with a home run and duplicated the feat in the fourth, pacing the Astros to their tenth straight win, a 7-2 sweep of the Rangers at Arlington. Springer drove in three to key the triumph. The slugging outfielder has now belted seven home runs in his last nine games to give him a team-leading 16 on the season.
Nothing cools them off
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Carlos Correa took deep Martin Perez in the third while Yuli Gurriel homered and drove in a pair as the AL West leaders keep chugging along - demolishing the Orioles, Twins and Rangers in succession.
Brad Peacock lasted six innings - his best since being pressed into action as an emergency starter - and won his third game without defeat. After Houston scored at least one run in each of the first five frames to build a 7-0 lead, Peacock was pecked for single tallies in the fifth and sixth but the bullpen of Tony Sipp, Michael Feliz and Luke Gregerson shut the Rangers down the rest of the way.
The Astros will complete their road trip with a four-game series at Kansas City which took two-of-three from Houston back in April. The Royals have struggled to a 24-31 record and will send Ian Kennedy (0-5) to the mound in Monday's 7:15 Central opener. Mike Fiers (2-2) gets the start for the 41-16 Astros.
The Astros have announced that Joe Musgrove will miss another turn in the rotation and stay on the disabled list. David Paulino will make his second start in Tuesday's contest.