Jose Bautista hits two more homers, up to 18 for season

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Jose Bautista hit a three-run homer off Brett Myers in the sixth and then a solo shot off Jose Valdez in the eighth to carry the Jays to a 7-5 win over the Astros on Saturday.

The three-run homer was only the second of the year for Bautista with multiple men on base.  One issue there is that the Jays haven’t gotten a lot of men on for him: their No. 1 and 2 hitters have amassed a .311 OBP.  However, Bautista entered the day batting just .179, albeit with 20 walks, in 49 plate appearances with RISP.  He was 3-for-14 with two or three men on base.

It was Bautista’s third multihomer game of the season.  He had nine last year on his way to leading the majors with 54 homers.

He’s currently ahead of that pace: on this date last year, Bautista had a mere 13 homers to his credit.

Bautista also singled and stole a base in the contest.  He’s batting a ridiculous .364/.509/.841 in 132 at-bats for the season.

Justin Turner and Chris Taylor named co-MVPs of NLCS

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and SS/CF Chris Taylor have been named co-MVPs of the NLCS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.

Turner hit .333/.478/.667 with four singles, two home runs, and five walks across 23 plate appearances in the NLCS. He hit a walk-off three-run home run off of John Lackey in the ninth inning to win Game 2 for the Dodgers.

Taylor hit .316/.458/.789 with two singles, a double, a triple, two home runs, and five walks in 24 NLCS plate appearances. He hit a go-ahead solo home run in Game 1. He hit another go-ahead solo homer in Game 3 and later added an RBI triple.