Astros Smash 5 Homers, End Skid

Correa, White share elbows
(c) Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle
You might say to yourself, "Wow! The Astros stomped the Rockies on Wednesday, 12-1. I guess they've put that streak of bad offense behind them!"

I wouldn't count on it.

I've seen too many times where a bad team scores a week's worth of runs in one game and then go right back to their old ways the next night. How many runs did the Nationals score the night after posting 17 runs against the Phillies earlier this season? Answer: 2. How many runs against the Marlins the day after scoring 18 runs? Answer: 2. How many runs after running up 25 against the Mets last month? Answer: well, 5 but that's still only a fifth of what they scored the night before.

Houston scored a dozen and it came courtesy of five homers, two each from Evan Gattis and Tyler White. Yuli Gurriel also went deep and Carlos Correa drove in three to lead the Houston attack. They tallied runs in five of the eight innings they came to bat.

Even better, Oakland lost in extras to the Mariners so Houston moves up to a two-game lead in the A.L. West race.

Gerrit Cole notched his 11th win, allowing one run on five hits in six innings while fanning 12. Ryan Pressly, Will Harris and Cionel Perez closed out with three scoreless innings.

So, that snapped a six-game losing skid and salvaged something from a 1-5 homestand. Now they can jet off to the West Coast and enjoy Road Sweet Road where they are 41-18 this year. After an off day, they'll get George Springer back while Charlie Morton (12-3) tries to push the Athletics further away from first as he faces veteran righthander Edwin Jackson (4-2) in a 9:05 pm Central time start. Let's hope Gattis remembers how to hit at the Yoko Ono Coliseum the way he did the last time he blew into town (3 HR, 10 RBI). Wednesday night was certainly a great way to warm up for Oakland if there's no hangover to come.

- Bob Hulsey