Newcomer Cameron Maybin socked a three-run, go-ahead homer in the third inning and George Springer added a solo shot in the fourth — his team-leading 31st — to lead the Astros to an 8-6 win to cap a three-game sweep of the Mets on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros (83-53), who began the day with a 12 1/2-game lead over the Angels for first place in the American League West, have won four in a row for the first time since July 1-5 and earned their first sweep of at least three games since taking four from Oakland from June 19-22.
“It’s nice to get back on track and string some wins together,” Chicago Cubs jerseys Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “We’ve had a really strange week. To have us win the last two out of three series, it’s a good feeling. We need to win more games to win the division, and that’s what we’re focused on.”
The sweep capped an eventful weekend at Minute Maid Park, where the Astros were able to play three games in two days a week after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the city with floodwaters. The team pulled off a blockbuster trade for Justin Verlander late Thursday and welcomed All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa back to the lineup on Sunday after six weeks.
Carlos Correa lines a single to left, driving in Alex Bregman in his first game back with the Astros following a lengthy DL stint
Astros starter Mike Fiers let the Mets stay in the game, allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings, but Mets starter Chris Flexen gave up seven runs in four innings. Fiers walked three batters, and all three scored as the Mets built a 4-1 lead after two innings.
“That’s a really good lineup,” Flexen said. “Obviously, they have good hitters one through nine. They’re a good, winning team. It was pretty difficult. I thought I made a few good pitches, and tried to pitch to contact today, and got burnt.”
Chris Flexen strikes out Jose Altuve swinging while Alex Bregman steals second in the bottom of the 1st inning
Call me Maybin: Maybin, acquired from the Angels off waivers on Thursday, hit his first homer with his new team in the third inning. The three-run blast to left field capped a five-run inning that gave the Astros a 6-4 lead. It was the seventh homer of the season for Maybin and his first since June 22, a span of 137 at-bats.
“It’s nice, man,” Maybin said. “These guys have been doing this all year, and to be able to come in and do my part and play good defense and help manufacture runs, I’m looking forward to keeping this thing going. It’s already been a fun two or three days.”
Cameron Maybin hits his first home run since joining the Astros, a three-run shot to left, to give the Astros a 6-4 lead
Stuck at third: cheap jerseys Astros relievers came up with some huge outs with runners in scoring position in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings. After walking in a run, cutting the Houston lead to 7-6, Tyler Clippard struck out Kevin Plawecki to strand the bases loaded in the fifth. Will Harris (sixth) and Luke Gregerson (seventh) stranded tying runs at Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys third, and Chris Devenski stranded runners at second and third to end the eighth and preserve a two-run lead.
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