Astros first to 50 wins after sweep of A’s, continuing historic pace

The first-place Astros’ lead in MLB is growing by the day.Marwin Gonzalez and Jake Marisnick each homered in Houston’s eight-run second inning off A’s starter Je se Hahn as Houston built an early 10-0 lead Thursday en route to sweeping Oakland for their 50th win of the season.It wasn’t all smiles for Houston, however, as the A’s rallied for nine runs to make it a respectable 12-9 lo s. Also, star outfielder George Springer took a pitch off his left hand during his first at-bat. He was pulled from the game but is listed as day to day with a simple contusion.The Astros are off to a franchise-best start and are the fourth team since 2000 to win 50 games in their Mark McGwire Jersey first74 contests or fewer, joining the2001 Mariners, 2005 White Sox, 2015 Cardinals. Chicago was the only club of the three to win the World Series, but Houston, which is on pace to win 109 games, has the power and pitching to run the table this fall.Dates of Astros’ 50th win in a season2012: Sept. 222013: Sept. 112014: Aug. 122015: July 172016: July 172017: June 22 Jake Kaplan (@jakemkaplan) June 22, 2017Houston is 10 games ahead of AL runner-up Boston thanks in part to their27-8 record on the road (more wins than the Phillies have total) this year. According to, the Astros are on the verge of becoming just the sixth team since 1961 to enter July with single-digit road lo ses.The Astros continue their west-coast road trip against another division rival, the Mariners on Friday.Studs of the night Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings each hit three-run home runs andZack Godley (3-1) pitched into the eighth inning as Arizona topped the Rockies, 10-3. Goldschmidt finished with three hits and four RBIs to increase his season total to 64, best in the majors.Addison Ru sell had four of the Cubs’ 16 hits, including a home run, two RBIs and three runs scored as Chicago routed the Marlins, 11-1.Duds of the night Miguel Sano went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and three runners left on base against the White Sox as the Twins were shut out for the first time this season after a 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay. It was a rough day for Twins relieverNik Turley, who allowed five runs on six hits, using33 pitches to record just two outs.Highlight Yankees sluggerAaron Judge hit his 25th homer of the season, making a young kid very happy.Aaron Judge’s night: 25th HR Made this kid’s day: YES Network (@YESNetwork) June 23, 2017What’s next Angels (38-38) at Red Sox (40-32), 7:10 p.m. ET Boston will retire David Ortiz’s No. 34 Friday night in what is expected to be an emotional ceremony for Big Papi. The pitching matchup in the series-opening game will feature the slumping Rick Porcello (3-9, 5.05 ERA) against Angels right-hander Alex Meyer (3-3, 3.52 ERA).

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