null null null Baseball The Astros, playing without their spark plug, Jose Altuve, were still firing on all cylinders Sunday in a 15-5 blowout of the Rangers.Houston pounded out 18 hits, but center fielder George Springer and third baseman Alex Bregman were on another level. Springer led off the gam
e with a home run — his third leadoff shot in a week and the 29th of his career — and later added another homer. George Springer hits his 29th career leadoff home run! pic.twitter.com/OyWAJhQVMH— Baseball Bros (@BaseballBros) May 12, 2019MORE: Watch 'ChangeUp,' a new live whiparound show on DAZNSpringer finished 5 for 5 with five runs scored and had four RBIs. He became the first Houston player with five hits and five runs in a single game and the first Astros leadoff hitter with five hits and two home runs since Joe Morgan in 1965. Bregman homered twice and drove in five runs with his three hits, and mom Jackie, watching at Minute Maid Park, loved the Mother's Day gift.3 Hits, 2 HR, 5 RBI todayAlex Bregman is showing off for mom! (via @) pic.twitter.com/OB6QZiZ64o— FOX Sports: (@ONFOX) May 12, 2019And so the Astros (26-15) complete the four-game sweep of the Rangers and run their winning streak to five games. They need Altuve, who was placed on the 10-day IL with a strained left hamstring Saturday, to get healthy. But with Springer — who now leads the AL with 15 home runs — and Bregman swinging hot bats, there's still plenty of firepower in Houston's lineup.Studs of the NightLeft-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu no-hit the Nationals through 7 1/3 innings and finished eight scoreless yielding just a hit and walk while striking out nine in the Dodgers' 6-0 victory.J.D. Martinez hit two home runs and had three runs and three RBIs in Boston's 11-2 win over the Mariners.Pirates first baseman Josh Bell had four hits, including a three-run homer, and his first career five-RBI day in a 10-6 victory over the Cardinals.Charlie Blackmon hit two home runs and drove in three runs in the Rockies' 10-7 win over the Padres.Dud of the NightRangers starter Adrian Sampson gave up nine hits and five earned runs in the loss to the Astros.HighlightsNationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg slaps a single to right — but wait, right-fielder Cody Bellinger comes up throwing and he's …Behind every great pitcher is a great defense. 😳 pic.twitter.com/2ULsgJX74i— (@) May 12, 2019Tigers second baseman Gordon Beckham makes this ridiculously hard play look almost easy.Bend it like Beckham. 😱 pic.twitter.com/1sTlnLLLGj— (@) May 12, 2019What's Next?Brewers (24-18) at Phillies (23-16) 7:05 p.m. ET — Two teams battling for their respective division leads open a four-game series. Reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich is living up to that standard again (16 home runs, 1.216 OPS) for the Brewers. Bryce Harper is still looking to get untracked for the Philllies (one home run and a .194 batting average in May).