Astros win No. 60, lead by 16½ games

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

TORONTO — Car­los Cor­rea, Jose Al­tuve and the Hous­ton Astros put on quite an All-Star per­for­mance.

Cor­rea hit two home runs and drove in a ca­reer-high five runs, Al­tuve got three more hits and the Astros romped into the break, bat­ter­ing the Toronto Blue Jays 19-1 Sun­day.

The run­away lead­ers in the AL West be­came the fifth team in the last 40 years to reach 60 vic­to­ries be­fore the All-Star Game, ac­cord­ing to the Elias Sports Bureau.

They joined the 1998 Yan­kees, 2001 Mariners, 2003 Braves and

this year’s Los An­ge­les Dodgers (61-29), who got there Satur­day.

At 60-29, Hous­ton heads into the break with a 16½-game lead over Texas and the An­gels.

“I feel like we have a re­ally good team,” Cor­rea said. “From 1 through 9 we can do dam­age, so today we showed what we’re ca­pa­ble of.”

The Astros won 14 of 19 to close out the first half, in­clud­ing Sun­day vic­tory, the fran­chise’s most lop­sided vic­tory ever, but Man­ager A.J. Hinch said he felt the break comes at a good time for his club.

“It’s nice to say we should keep this go­ing, but we need as many peo­ple to rest up here in the next four days,” he said.

Cor­rea had four hits one day af­ter a 15-game hit­ting

streak came to an end, with two home runs putting him at 20 for the sea­son.

Al­tuve, a fel­low All-Star, and Yuli Gur­riel and Evan Gat­tis also hit home runs for Hous­ton. Al­tuve had three hits for the fifth con­sec­u­tive game — he be­came the ninth ma­jor lea­guer to do so in more than a cen­tury, and the first since Ge­orge Brett’s record-ty­ing six-game streak for Kansas City in 1976.

Gat­tis drove in four runs with two hits as Hous­ton scored at least 19 runs for the fourth time.

J.A. Happ (3-6) lasted four in­nings, match­ing his short­est out­ing of the sea­son and pick­ing up his sec­ond loss against Hous­ton in eight starts against his for­mer team. The left-han­der gave up seven hits and six runs.

“I wasn’t very crisp today and against that lineup es­pe­cially, you need to be,” he said.

AP/CHRIS YOUNG

Hous­ton catcher Evan Gat­tis (right) is con­grat­u­lated by right fielder Ge­orge Springer af­ter Gat­tis’ three-run home run in the sixth in­ning of Sun­day’s 19-1 blowout of Toronto.

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