It’s weird to think about, but Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had never hit more than 37 home runs in a season coming into 2017. It makes a little more sense when you consider the injuries he’d endured over the previous seven years, but still. A man with his power hadn’t hit 40?
Stanton set a new career-high on Tuesday night against the Nationals, belting his 38th homer of the season to further his major league lead. It was a three-run shot that came on a first-pitch A.J. Cole fastball, sailing well into the left-center field seats at Nationals Park.
Stanton came into Tuesday’s game batting .277/.370/.611 and now has 83 RBI to go along with the 38 dingers. Pretty good.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.