Krauss singles in win

KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer Published:

HOUSTON (AP) -- Chris Carter has been the hottest hitter in the majors since July 1.

Houston's slugger is certainly happy with his recent streak but wishes he'd been able to get on track earlier in the season.

"I feel like I can do more," he said. "Like I can do this the whole season instead of just a little part of the season."

Carter homered twice and matched a career high with five RBIs to lead the Astros over the Minnesota Twins 10-4 on Tuesday night.

Patrick Henry graduate Mark Krauss started in left field and went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk.

The game was tied in the third inning when Carter's two-out, two-run drive to the Crawford Boxes in left field put Houston up 3-1.

Carter connected again on his next at-bat with a three-run shot in the fifth which chased Minnesota rookie starter Yohan Pino (1-5).

Carter leads the majors with 15 homers since July 1 and his six multihomer games this season ties a franchise record set by Lance Berkman in 2006. Tuesday was his second multi-homer game in a week and his 28 home runs are third in the American League and just one shy of his total in 2013.

His recent streak has upped his batting average to .230 from a season-low .181 on July 1. He's powered the Astros offense while starters George Springer and Dexter Fowler have been on the disabled list.

"He had it in spurts last year," Porter said. "So you would say to yourself, 'At some point, when it all comes together and everything clicks and we start to get consistency to this, it can be scary.' And that's what we're seeing right now."

Carter insists he hasn't changed anything and that things have simply started clicking for him. Despite hitting .350 this month, he still believes he can improve.

"I feel like there's still more to be done and I'm not just going to settle with this right now and just sit right here," he said.

Collin McHugh (5-9) allowed four hits and a run in six innings for the win.

Oswaldo Arcia homered twice for the Twins for his first career multihomer game. He gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the second inning and added a two-run shot in the ninth.

Jake Marisnick, who finished with two hits, tied it with a solo homer to start Houston's third before Carter's first home run put Houston on top.

Minnesota's Joe Mauer singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 14 games in his second game back from the disabled list.

Pino allowed a season-high seven runs on seven hits in 4 1-3 innings for his third straight loss.

"We just didn't pitch well enough (Tuesday)," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "They made us pay every time we made a bad pitch in some bad situations."

DODGERS 4, BRAVES 2

ATLANTA -- Dan Haren pitched six solid innings and sparked the go-ahead rally with a single, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to another win over the skidding Atlanta Braves, 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Haren (10-9) allowed a fourth-inning homer to B.J. Upton that put the Braves up 2-1, but the light-hitting pitcher came through with a one-out single to right in the fifth. Carl Crawford followed with a double, and Haren scored the tying run on Yasiel Puig's grounder to third.

Matt Kemp hit a little blooper to right that just got over the glove of second baseman Tommy La Stella, bringing home Crawford.

That was enough for the Dodgers.

Mike Minor (4-8) matched his longest outing of the past month after being skipped his previous turn in the rotation. The Atlanta lefty went 6 2/3 innings, allowing eight hits and all three Dodgers run.

CUBS 3, BREWERS 0

CHICAGO -- Rookie Kyle Hendricks pitched 7 1-3 innings of six-hit ball in his third consecutive win, and the Cubs cooled off Wily Peralta and the Brewers.

Hendricks (4-1) struck out five and walked one in his third consecutive win, continuing an impressive opening run for his major league career.

Anthony Rizzo hit his 26th homer for Chicago, which had lost three of four.

Trying for a major league-high 15th win, Peralta (14-7) allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings.

NATIONALS 7, METS 1

NEW YORK -- Michael Taylor homered in his big league debut, setting off a silly sequence to retrieve the souvenir, and the Nationals backed Doug Fister with four long shots in a romp over the Mets.

Bryce Harper homered early, then Anthony Rendon, Ian Desmond and Taylor connected in the sixth inning as the NL East leaders won their ninth straight at Citi Field.

Promoted from Triple-A over the weekend, Taylor singled in his first at-bat and later hit a two-run drive the opposite way at one of the majors' most spacious parks.

Fister (12-3) came back from a 25-minute rain delay and pitched seven shutout innings. He gave up seven hits, walked none and struck out three.

Rafael Montero (0-3) was tagged for three homers and five runs in five-plus innings.

MARLINS 3, CARDINALS 0

MIAMI -- Jarred Cosart pitched seven innings in a duel with Adam Wainwright to earn his first victory for the Marlins, who beat the Cardinalsy.

Cosart allowed three hits and one walk to win for the first time since July 7. The victory came in his second start for Miami after being acquired from Houston in a trade for prospects.

He's 1-1 with Miami and 10-7 overall this year.

Wainwright (14-7), making his first start against the Marlins since 2010, missed a chance to became the first 15-game winner in the majors. He went seven innings and allowed three runs, with two coming on a home run off the foul pole by Donovan Solano.

RANGERS 3, RAYS 2, 14 INNINGS

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Carlos Ramos walked Adam Rosales with two outs in the 14th inning to force in the winning run and the Rangers beat Tampa Bay.

Ramos (2-5), the Rays' seventh pitcher, walked Rosales on four pitches, allowing pinch-running pitcher Nick Martinez to score.

Texas' sixth pitcher, Scott Baker (1-3) earned the victory with two scoreless innings. The Rangers had lost all 20 games in which he appeared before Tuesday.

MARINERS 6, BLUE JAYS 3

SEATTLE -- Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales hit solo home runs, Dustin Ackley added a key two-out two-run single, and the Mariners moved into a tie for the second AL wild ard with a win over the Blue Jays.

Seattle won for the seventh time in eight games to catch Detroit in the wild-card race.

Young (11-6) pitched six strong innings, allowing just two hits. He yielded a first-inning run after walking Jose Reyes on four pitches and giving up Melky Cabrera's RBI double to start the game. Young retired 14 straight after Cabrera's double.

Toronto starter J.A. Happ (8-7) gave up seven hits and struck out only one in six innings after recording 12 strikeouts in his last start.

ASTROS 10, TWINS 4

HOUSTON -- Chris Carter homered twice and tied a career high with five RBIs to lead the Astros over Minnesota.

The game was tied in the third inning when Carter's two-out, two-run drive to the Crawford Boxes in left field put Houston up 3-1.

Carter connected again on his next at-bat with a three-run shot in the fifth which chased Minnesota rookie starter Yohan Pino (1-5).

Collin McHugh (5-9) allowed four hits and a run in six innings for the win.

Oswaldo Arcia homered twice for the Twins.

ATHLETICS 11, ROYALS 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jon Lester pitched six strong innings and Josh Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs as the Athletics beat Kansas City, snapping the Royals' eight-game winning streak.

Lester (13-7) has won all three of his start since the A's acquired him in July 31 trade for All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Lester struck out nine and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks.

The Royals have won 11 of 13 with both losses to Lester.

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie (8-10) allowed six runs on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

WHITE SOX 3, GIANTS 2, 10 INNINGS

SAN FRANCISCO -- Gordon Beckham hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning and the White Sox beat the Giants after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth.

One batter after Jordan Danks was thrown out trying to score from third on a fielder's choice, Beckham hit an 0-1 pitch from San Francisco reliever Santiago Casilla (1-2) past shortstop Brandon Crawford into left field. Sierra, who entered the game as a late defensive replacement, scored easily.

Adam Dunn hit a two-run home run off Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong in the first for Chicago, which wasted another strong start by Chris Sale when reliever Jake Petricka gave up four hits in the ninth.

Zach Putnam (4-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings for the win.

Sale struck out 12 and walked two over eight solid innings.

ANGELS 7, PHILLIES 2

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Kole Calhoun homered and had an RBI single during a seven-run sixth inning, and the Angels' struggling offense rebounded for a victory over the Phillies.

David Freese had a two-run double during the lengthy rally, which propelled Los Angeles to just its second win in seven games. Calhoun bookended the rally with two of his three hits for the Angels, who had scored just nine runs in their previous 61 innings.

C.J. Wilson (9-8) pitched into the seventh inning of his first victory since June 24, yielding seven hits and two walks.

Howie Kendrick drove home Albert Pujols with a tying single off Antonio Bastardo (5-6).

PADRES 4, ROCKIES 1

SAN DIEGO -- Odrisamer Despaigne pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, leading the Padres to a win over the Rockies for their fourth straight win.

Despaigne (3-3) struck out eight and walked two for San Diego, which has won 10 of 13. Chris Nelson drove in two runs in the eighth inning for the Padres.

Alexi Amarista and Abraham Almonte also drove in runs. Yasmani Grandal had two of the Padres' six hits.

Yohan Flande (0-5) went six innings and gave up four hits and two runs as Colorado lost for the fifth time in six games.

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