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  • 24 Jul
    导出博客文章HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve has never been known for his power.That has started to
    change this season.Altuve hit two of Houstons season-high five homers and had a
    career-high six RBI to lead the Houston Astros to a 13-3 win on Sunday for a
    three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels.Altuve, who added an RBI single in
    the fifth, extended his hitting streak to nine games and stretched his streak
    against the Angels to 18 games. His 17 homers are a career high and he leads the
    majors with a .360 average. He hadnt driven in more than four runs in a game
    before Sunday.Im still impressed a little bit about my homers, Altuve said with
    a grin.Luis Valbuena, Preston Tucker and Evan Gattis also homered for the
    Astros, who extended their winning streak against the Angels to 11 games.There
    were runners at first and second with no outs in the first when Altuve connected
    off Tim Lincecum (2-4) on a home run to left-center field to make it 3-0.
    Valbuenas home run came with one out in the inning to push the lead to 4-0.He
    finds a way to get in the middle of it every single game, manager A.J. Hinch
    said. Hes certainly one of the best hitters in the league. He shows it every
    day. Kicking us off with a three-run homer really did ignite us.George Springer
    hit a two-run single with no outs in the second inning before scoring on Altuves
    second homer with one out to make it 8-0.Houston starter Mike Fiers (7-6)
    allowed nine hits and three runs in seven innings for the win.Tucker had a solo
    shot in Houstons three-run fifth inning. Gattis, who had a pair of homers on
    Friday night, homered in the sixth to make it 13-1.Lincecum lost his fourth
    decision in five starts by allowing seven hits and a season-high eight runs in 1
    1/3 innings in his shortest outing of the season.Its pretty embarrassing, to be
    honest with you, he said. To give up three home runs and give up seven or eight
    hits in that span is pretty pathetic. Ive got a lot of work to do.Hed had great
    success against the Astros in his time with the Giants and entered the game 2-0
    with a 0.34 ERA in four career starts at Minute Maid Park. He had a 16
    1/3-inning scoreless streak here before Sunday when he allowed a season-high
    three homers.A sacrifice fly by Kole Calhoun gave the Angels a run in the third
    inning and Jett Bandy added a two-run homer in the seventh.The five home runs
    allowed were a season high for the Angels, who had to use six relievers
    following Lincecums early exit.Carlos Correa added three hits and an RBI for the
    Astros on a day when everyone in the starting lineup except Colby Rasmus got a
    hit.TRAINERS ROOMAngels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (shoulder tightness) will make his
    first major league appearance since July 31, 2014, when he is called up from
    Triple-A Salt Lake to start on Tuesday. Skaggs hasnt pitched in the majors since
    having Tommy John surgery in 2014.Astros: 1B Marwin Gonzalez left the game in
    the fifth inning when he sprained left ankle running to first base. He is listed
    day to day. ... C Jason Castro was out of the lineup for the second straight
    game after being hit on the back of his right hand on a foul tip in the ninth
    inning Friday.TOP PROSPECT ON THE WAYThe Astros will call up top prospect INF
    Alex Bregman on Monday to make his major league debut. Bregman, who was the
    second overall pick in the 2015 draft, has hit .333 with six homers and 15 RBI
    in 18 games for Triple-A Fresno this season.Were rolling along pretty well,
    Hinch said. He doesnt have to come up here and be anything but himself and
    contribute at a couple different positions.UP NEXT:Angels: Hector Santiago (8-4,
    4.32) will start for Los Angeles on Monday in the opener of a three-game series
    at Kansas City. Santiago has won a career-high four straight starts and has
    posted a 1.08 ERA in that span.Astros: Dallas Keuchel (6-9, 4.70) is scheduled
    to start the opener of a three-game series against the Yankees on Monday.
    Keuchel has won a season-high three straight decisions and will face the Yankees
    for the second time this season after getting a win against them on opening day.
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    leagues broadcast and multimedia rights. DENVER -- The rampaging Chicago Cubs
    begin a nine-game, 10-day road trip with three against the Colorado Rockies
    beginning Friday.Chicago, which is coming off a four-game sweep of Milwaukee,
    has won 18 of its past 21 games. The Cubs (77-43, 32-24 on the road) are 34
    games above .500 for the first time since Sept. 27, 2008, when they were 97-63
    on the next-to-last-day of the season.Kyle Hendricks, who is 11-7 with a 2.19
    ERA -- the third-lowest ERA in the majors, has allowed three or fewer runs in
    each of his past 15 starts for Chicago, dating to May 22. In his last start
    Saturday against St. Louis, Hendricks allowed two runs and five hits in seven
    innings with no walks and 12 strikeouts but wasnt involved in the decision as
    the Cubs lost 8-4.Hendricks is 3-6 with a 3.43 in 10 road starts this season.
    The Rockies handed Hendricks his only loss in 13 games (12 starts) at Wrigley
    Field this season April 15 when he allowed four runs (two earned) and seven hits
    in six innings of Colorados 6-1 victory. In two starts at Coors Field -- both
    Chicago victories -- Hendricks is 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA.Left-hander Tyler
    Anderson, who makes his first career start against the Cubs, is 4-4 with a 3.42
    ERA -- the lowest ERA for a Rockies starter through his first 12 starts in
    franchise history.In his last start Saturday in Philadelphia, Anderson was
    ejected by home plate umpire Eric Cooper for hitting Maikel Franco with a pitch
    to begin the fourth inning. That outing ended a streak of eight straight starts
    in which Anderson had pitched at least six innings.In eight starts at Coors
    Field, Anderson is 4-1 with a 3.04 ERA. Because the Rockies were off Thursday,
    Anderson will pitch with five days of rest.Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu, the
    first and second hitters in Colorados lineup, have been on offensive tears
    lately.Blackmon has a 12-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .481 in
    54 at-bats with five doubles, one triple, nine homers, 15 RBI, a 1.111 slugging
    percentage and a 1.637 OPS. During his streak, Blackmon raised his average 23
    points to .322..ddddddddddddeMahieu, who began his career in the Cubs
    organization and played 37 games for them in 2011, had hits in eight straight
    at-bats and reached base in 10 consecutive plate appearances before both streaks
    ended on his second at-bat Wednesday. He has hit safely in 14 of 16 games this
    month, going .483 in 60 at-bats with two doubles, one triple, three homers, nine
    RBI, a .483 on-base percentage and a 1.281 OPS. During the month, LeMahieu has
    raised his average 23 points to .343, one point behind National League leader
    Daniel Murphy of Washington.Blackmon and LeMahieu have helped the Rockies
    weather the losses of Trevor Story, who last played July 30, and Mark Reynolds,
    who last played Aug. 11, to season-ending injuries. Also, Carlos Gonzalez has
    started only five of the past 14 games because of an ankle sprain Aug. 3 that he
    later re-aggravated.Both guys have really upped their game, Rockies manager Walt
    Weiss said of Blackmon and LeMahieu. Both are getting on base at a really high
    rate. Theyre a big reason why our offense has performed better even with some
    key pieces out. Even on the road where weve struggled historically, its
    performing and (that) has a lot to do with those two guys.In Chicagos 9-6
    victory Thursday against Milwaukee, Kris Bryant went 5-for-5 with a double, two
    homers and five RBI. Hes hitting .296 with 30 homers, 78 RBI and a .956 OPS.
    With his second five-hit game of the season, Bryant tied Rockies third baseman
    Nolan Arenado for the National League lead in home runs.Anthony Rizzo, who went
    2-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI on Thursday, is hitting .291 with 25
    homers, 86 RBI and a .956 OPS. With six weeks remaining in the regular season,
    Rizzo and Bryant along with Murphy are the leading contenders for the NL Most
    Valuable Player Award.Weve obviously put ourselves in a good position to have
    that chatter, Rizzo said. But weve still got to go out and play every day and do
    what we do. ' ' '