Offense awakens in DH sweep of Twins

Offense awakens in DH sweep of Twins

MINNEAPOLIS -- Perhaps the Astros will have to give Mother Nature a playoff share if they're able to rally and make the postseason.

They were trailing by five runs Wednesday when rain began to fall and eventually caused the postponement of their game against the Twins, giving the Astros new life. They took advantage of the mulligan and pounded out 25 runs and 35 hits in sweep a doubleheader at Target Field, capped by a 10-2 win in Game 2 on Thursday night that was a makeup of Wednesday's rainout.

This came on the heels of a 15-7 victory in Game 1.

The 25 runs scored by the Astros equaled their total from their previous 11 games when they managed just two home runs. They walloped three homers in Game 2 -- a three-run shot by Evan Gattis, a solo blast from Carlos Correa and a two-run, opposite-field shot by George Springer.

"It certainly was a turn of events in our favor," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "We had one continual day of offense that didn't stop. It was a fun day, a long day, pretty exhausting, but to walk out of here with two wins after being down by a lot of runs in the rain, it's a pretty good feeling."

Springer's two-run laser homer

The 35 hits are the most for the Astros in consecutive games this season, and this was the second time they reached 10 runs in back-to-back games. Eight of their nine starters had a hit in Game 2, led by Springer (3-for-5) and Tyler White (3-for-5). Jose Altuve went 5-for-9 in the doubleheader as well.

"If people can figure out how to make hitting contagious, we would multiply it and box it up and take it with us to every city," Hinch said. "It's a little perplexing at times, but I like it when we break out."

Gattis -- who didn't play in the first game -- got the Astros rolling in the nightcap with a three-run homer to center in the second. Gattis is hitting .280 with five homers and 12 RBIs in his last 22 games.

"We usually break out that way with a big number when we're going well," Hinch said. "Obviously, Gattis has had his ups and downs as well, but he's always potent and has an opportunity to change a scoreboard.

Correa's homer made it 5-0, and Springer shot one to the opposite field in the fourth to push the lead to 7-0. Springer went 5-for-9 with six RBIs in the doubleheader. Jose Altuve went 5-for-9 in the doubleheader as well.

"It's been crazy," Gattis said. "It's feast or famine right now, but just try to keep it rolling."

Brian McTaggart is reporter for and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.