Jose Altuve hit a home run and drove in four runs, Josh Reddick hit a grand slam and the Houston Astros crushed the Atlanta Braves 16-4 on Tuesday.
In a sample of why they are the best team of the majors with a record of 57-27, the Astros equaled their best season of 19 with a season-high 12 hits before Atlanta scored three well-advanced runs .
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Yuli Gurriel hit two doubles and drove in three runs, Brad Peacock (6-1) won his third straight start and George Springer hit four hits in five at-bats. Houston improved his home record to 30-9 and tarnished the return of Braves slugger Freddie Freeman.
The Astros have won 11 of their last 14 games overall and 19 of 22 at home, thanks in part to Altuve and Gurriel, who combined to hit .462 with 16 RBIs over the past seven seasons.
Reddick’s fifth grand slam in his career put the final 16-4 on the board in the ninth inning.
For the Astros, the Venezuelans Jose Altuve of 5-3, with two annotated and four impelled; Marwin Gonzalez 4-2, with two runs scored and one RBI. The Puerto Rican Carlos Correa of 2-1, with an annotated one. The Cuban Yulieski Gurriel of 5-3, with an annotated and four impelled.
For the Braves, the Venezuelan Ender Inciarte 5-1. Panamanian Johan Camargo 1-0. Danny Santana of 2-1, with two RBIs.