The Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies are each clinging to the slimmest of playoff hopes. Both will try to bolster their chances when they meet in the middle game of their series at Minute Maid Park.
The Astros, who swept a three-game series at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park last week, picked up where they left off with an 8-4 win in Monday’s series opener.
The homer was Beltran’s career-high 30th of the season. He has also stolen 31 bases, making him the 45th player in major league history with 30 home runs and 30 steals in a season.
“As a player, this is pretty special to me to able to steal bases and have a little bit of power,” said Beltran, who had 15 homers and 14 steals with Kansas City before he was traded to Houston on June 25.
After finishing a 1-9 homestand—the worst 10-game homestand in the franchise’s 122-year history—the Phillies had swept a three-game series in Milwaukee before falling to the Astros on Monday.