José Altuve (left) hit a home run for the third straight game / Photo: Elise Amendola / AP
Jose Altuve and Yuli Gurriel of Cuba hit home runs and Alex Bregman drove in two runs for the Houston Astros, who won for the fourth time in five games by beating Minnesota Twins 6-4.
Michael Brantley added three hits for Astros, who are 29-17 since April 22 when they were 7-10 and were at the bottom of the AL West.
Houston currently ranks second in that Division.
Altuve homered for the third day in a row and is the fourth in the last five games, going to 12 this season, with 30 RBIs and 43 scored.
He has 10 hits, five home runs, seven RBIs, eight runs scored and eight walks so far this June.
Contreras dumped her
Joc Pederson homered and drove in three runs, Rizzo and Willson Contreras went deep and the Chicago Cubs defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8-5 on Friday.
Contreras added his solo home run in the eighth, to reach 11 on the season with 26 RBIs.
Cabrera extended streak
Miguel Cabrera had a hit in four at-bats in the Detroit Tigers’ 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox to reach seven straight games with at least one hit.
Cabrera is 28-8 in the last seven games he has reached on base, with two RBIs and five runs scored.
Catcher Omar Narvaez had two hits and scored two runs in the Milwaukee Brewers 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Both times he reached base, he managed to hit the plate, first in the second inning and then in the seventh.
Escobar was reunited with the home run
Eduardo Escobar had not hit the bases with long-range hits for six days, but this Friday he hit a home run in the ninth inning to reach 15 this season, in the loss of the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 to the Los Angeles Angels.
Escobar reached 42 RBIs in the tournament.
Outfielder David Perales hit two doubles for Arizona, but a Max Stassi grounder in the 10th inning gave the Angels the winning run.
Japan’s Shohei Ohtani pitched five innings, allowed five hits, two runs and struck out eight. As a batter, he ranked second in the lineup and after leaving the mound he was sent to cover right field. The Japanese went 4-2 with one scored and another towed.
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