Fans were ecstatic as Alex Bregman logged his 500th career RBI in the Houston Astros' 5-2 win against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday to sweep the series in Atlanta.
Houston overcame a 2-0 deficit, scoring five runs in the final two innings to register their fourth straight win. That pushed the Astros two games over the .500 mark for this first time this season. Houston trails the American League West-leading Texas Rangers by 2.5 games.
The Astros have built their win streak by beating top ballclubs. They took 2-for-3 at home against the Toronto Blue Jays last week before sweeping the Braves on their home turf this weekend. The Astros are 7-3 in their last ten games.
Suddenly emboldened, Astros fans are now looking forward to seeing their team take their winning streak to the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday. Tampa Bay has not lost at Tropicana Field this season, with the Rays winning their 13th home game of 2023 by sweeping the Chicago White Sox on Sunday.
Bregman hit the 500-RBI mark by driving home David Hensley and Corey Julks on a two-run double in the top of the ninth. In his eighth big-league season, spent entirely with Houston, he's .276 with 142 home runs since debuting with the Astros in 2016. He's starting to warm up after a frigid start to the season, upping his 2023 batting average to .235 on a 1-for-3 day at the plate.
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