While the races are tight - albeit it's only early May - in the AL East and Central divisions, the Houston Astros are threatening to run away in the West.
Houston's 10-1 rout of the Texas Rangers was their fourth straight victory, taking the third in a row from visiting Texas.
Marwin Gonzalez had two hits and whacked a two-run homer to center in the sixth inning for a 6-1 lead. Gonzalez has four homers in his last three games, socking a pair against Texas on Tuesday, including a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth, boosting Houston to an 8-7 win. He also homered against Oakland on Sunday in Houston's 7-2 win. The sixth-year first baseman did not play in Monday's 6-2 win over the Rangers. He's batting .246 with eight home runs and 19 RBI.
Houston leads the Angels by 4 1/2 games in the division. Seattle is in third, though seven games out. At 19-9, Houston has the best record in the majors and will try for a sweep of the Rangers when they meet Thursday, 2:10 pm ET at Minute Maid Park.
|Reyes: 5 RBI|
Jose Reyes set a career mark, driving in five runs in the Mets' 16-5 victory at Atlanta.
Reyes went 2-for-5, starting with a two-run single in the third inning. Following with a sac fly in the fifth, Reyes capped off his big night with a bases-loaded double that sent three runners to the plate in the eighth inning as the game got completely out of hand.
The Mets racked up 20 hits of six Atlanta hurlers, scoring seven times in the eighth after already leading 9-5.
New York's win put the Braves temporarily back into last place in the NL East, with the Mets just 1/2 game better. The battle for last place continues on Thursday at 7:35 pm ET in Atlanta. New York has taken two of three.