HOUSTON What was an atypical showcase of power overshadowed what was an otherwise routine offensive performance by the Astros.
Jed Lowrie and Chris Snyder bashed multi-run home runs and staked left-hander J.A. Happ to an early lead that he didn't relinquish in the Astros' 6-3 victory over the Mets on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park.
Homers garner attention. They are loud and ostentatious and typically accompanied by some sort of faux explosion and scoreboard display. Because the Astros hit so few home runs, it was easy to be transfixed by what Lowrie and Synder accomplished. It felt rare and was welcomed.
Meanwhile, atop the order, Jose Altuve and Lowrie teamed to reach base seven times in 10 plate appearances and combined to draw four walks. The Astros (10-14) managed eight walks against Mets (13-11) pitching. By and large, accumulating base runners is nothing new this season.
"I think maybe it's a combination of things," said Astros right fielder Brian Bogusevic, whose 10 w...