PHOENIX – José Altuve and Carlos Correa hit solo homers, George Springer added a two-run double and the Houston Astros roughed up Madison Bumgarner in an 8-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Altuve hit his homer in the first inning and Correa connected in the second. The Astros put the game away in the fifth inning with five runs, including two on Springer's bases-loaded double.
Houston manager Dusty Baker was pleased to see aggressive swings from his offense all night.
“We scored early like we talked about,” Baker said. “We still could have scored more. This ballpark is similar to playing in Colorado, you never really feel safe here because they've got big gaps and the ball flies.”
Correa reached base all five times he came to the plate, finishing 3 for 3 with a homer, two singles and two walks. He's now batting .389 this season, which has helped offset fairly slow starts for Springer, Altuve and Alex Bregman.
“I think I'm getting a better understanding of what I'm good at and what pitches I can drive,” Correa said.
Houston has won three of its past four games. Cristian Javier (1-0) was excellent in his second career start, giving up one run on four hits over six innings. The 23-year-old's emergence has been crucial for the Astros, who don't have ace Justin Verlander because of a strained right forearm.
“He's strong, very confident, poised in his demeanor and mannerisms,” Baker said. “He acts like a veteran, like he's been here before.”