The Astros are back on track with the regular season winding down.
After struggling through parts of August, even watching the Athletics erase their lead in the AL West, Houston has now won four straight games with all their star sluggers back in the lineup.
Alex Bregman led the way in Tuesday’s 5-2 win over the Twins by collecting three hits with a run scored and two RBIs. All three of Bregman’s hits were doubles, which gives him 46 on the season.
Josh Reddick and George Springer added two hits apiece, while Yuli Gurriel blasted his 10th home run of the season.
Justin Verlander allowed just one run with eight strikeouts in seven innings. He improved to 14-9 with a 2.73 ERA this season. Roberto Osuna recorded his 13th save of the year.
The recent winning surge has given the Astros a lead over the A’s in the division, and with everyone back in the lineup, this team looks a threat to repeat as champions.
Stud of the Night
Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna bashed two home runs in an 11-8 win over the Nationals. Ozuna has had a tough first season in St. Louis, but he’s come around in recent months to help the Cardinals get in position to reach the postseason.
Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger improved to 11-7 after allowing just one run in six innings with 10 strikeouts in a 9-3 win over the Royals. He lowered his ERA to 3.11 with the performance.
Dud of the Night
The Cubs: Trying to hold off the Brewers and Cardinals in the National League Central, Chicago lost 11-1 to Milwaukee after having six pitchers take the mound and five them allow a run. The Cubs mustered just five hits, but still have a three-game lead over the Brewers.
Ben Gamel gets a solid “9” for this dive:
Show off the glove AND the flow.
WOW, Ben Gamel. ? pic.twitter.com/Lq2NJJbkzm
— MLB (@MLB) September 5, 2018
Red Sox (96-44) at Braves 12:10 (76-62) p.m. ET — Hector Velazquez (7-2, 3.24) takes the mound for the Red Sox to try and help Boston extend their lead in the AL East. Atlanta will counter with Mike Foltynewicz (10-9, 2.80), who has enjoyed a breakout season.