The Houston Astros are simply determined to break out of the 100-loss group of seasons they've had the last couple of years. They helped their own cause on Sunday, with a 14-5 bashing of the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Two grand slams were just part of the fireworks provided by Houston's offense.
With Houston already up by a run in the third, Dexter Fowler started the assault with his fourth home run of the season. He'd add to the total an inning later, as he and Jonathan Villar got back-to-back RBI singles to tack on another pair of runs. The Astros had gone up 4-0 before the Twins could even get on the board.
Eduardo Nunez wiped out the shutout in the fourth inning, with his fourth home run of the year. He would drive in a pair of runs on the day, on a 3-for-5 effort. In fact, Astros starter Colin McHugh would depart in the fifth, responsible for three runs on three hits and five walks. It wasn't his best outing of the year, and he would leave without a decision.
The real fun started in the seventh, when Chris Carter's 10th homer of the year came in the form of his first career grand slam. Rookie sensation George Springer introduced himself to the Minnesota bullpen in the eighth, with his 12th homer of the year. Over his last 10 games, Springer has hit three long balls and driven in eight runs.
Speaking of rookies, Jon Singleton has lit up the Astros offense since his recent call-up. And he tagged Minnesota's bullpen with another grand slam in the ninth inning. That was just icing on the cake for Houston, as that would put them up by the eventual 14-5 final score.
Samual Deduno takes the loss for the Twins. He was chased after just three innings of work, giving up a total of five runs on just three hits. His four walks didn't help any either, as he drops to 2-4 on the season. For Houston, their two grand slams marked the first time they've accomplished that feat in the same game since 1969. They've won 11 of their last 15 games and are an impressive 17-10 since May 11. After the game, Houston manager Bo Porter talked about the relief of his team starting to break through recently.
It was good to see the offense break out today, and we needed every last one of them, especially when Collin had to come out of the game early. Give the Twins credit. They didn't go away. They kept battling and kept battling, and it was good to see our offense break out.
Both teams start new series on Monday. The Twins will travel north to Toronto (7:07 P.M. Eastern), while the Astros hit the desert in Arizona take on the Diamondbacks (9:40 P.M. Eastern).