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Altuve 4 hits again, Astros rout Phillies 13-4

Altuve 4 hits again, Astros rout Phillies 13-4”

Back then the Astros were a rebuilding team on their way to a 92-loss season after reaching triple-digit losses the previous three seasons. McCann, 33, is sporting his best OPS (.778) since 2013, his final year with the Braves and the Astros are 66-33.

The offense put up four runs on 10 hits. With CHarlie Morton set to face Nick Pivetta in the pitching matchup, the over/under now sits at 8.5 runs. When I look at their cover sheet and look at all their numbers, I really don't want to look at it.

"Altuve's two-out hit just ignited a big inning for us, and it happens fast with this team", Hinch said. The AL West leaders got 18 hits, eight for extra bases.

And they did all that damage without star shortstop Carlos Correa (.320/20/67).

Safe to say Velasquez, who came off the disabled list July 17, is still looking for his lost form.

Astros: OF George Springer left after the bottom of the third with discomfort in his left quadriceps.

So it could have been worse if the Astros had played with a full deck.

"The thing that I'm excited about is the way we've been swinging the bats", Mackanin said before the game. "Unfortunately, this was one of those games".

Pete Mackanin swears the Phillies won't always be so inept. Bregman's home run was his 10th of the season, making him the 10th player on the team with double-digit home runs. They have aggressive hitters. They go up there to hit every pitch. They're not taking pitches to get a look at the pitcher.

A day after tying his career high for hits in a game at Baltimore, Altuve got four more and drove in three runs while raising his major league-leading average to.365. Outside of an Odubel Herrera homer, the Phils could not muster much of an offensive attack.

"Other than that, there weren't a lot of bright spots", Mackanin said. The nine innings of baseball that were unmercifully interrupted by a almost two-hour rain delay indicated the difference between the teams was far greater. Can he manage his pitch count, enabling him to go deep into the games? He struggled with location and did not use his secondary pitches effectively.

Alex Bregman homered and doubled twice, and Brian McCann also homered for Houston.

Mackanin was rather blunt when asked how he thought Velasquez pitched. He allowed only five hits, walked no one, and struck out five.

"I'd like them to", the manager said. "We've got the (July 31) trade deadline coming up, I'm interested to see how that goes and there's some players here that I think have a chance to be part of the future". They're in first place for a reason.

Pivetta allowed three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in a win over the Marlins.

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