Reds rookie Aristides Aquino homered in his first three at-bats, keeping up his prodigious power display and leading host Cincinnati over the Chicago Cubs 10-1 Saturday night.
Aquino came up twice more with a chance to match the major-league record for home runs in a game. He drew a four-pitch walk with nothing close to the plate, then struck out in his final at-bat.
Aquino has hit seven homers in his first 10 games, tying the big- league mark set by Trevor Story in 2016.
With three more whiplash swings, the 25-year-old outfielder who struggled to escape the lowest levels of minor league ball became an overnight sensation in Cincinnati.
The 39,866 fans demanded a curtain call after Aquino hit solo shots off Kyle Hendricks (8-9) in the second and third innings, and then another off Dillon Maples in the fourth.
Aquino has homered in four straight games, one shy of the team mark. The only other Reds rookie to homer in four straight was Eric Davis in 1984 — they share the same No. 44 and have a similar swing.
Astros 23, Orioles 2: Rookie Yordan Alvarez hit three of visiting Houston’s six home runs and drove in a career-high seven runs to help the Astros to the highest scoring game in franchise history with a rout of Baltimore. The win was the eighth straight for the Astros, who became the latest team to feast on the reeling Orioles. Baltimore has allowed a major league-leading 240 homers and lost five straight. It was the second 20-run game in Astros history.
Padres 8, Rockies 5: Manuel Margot hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning and Hunter Renfroe had a homer among his three hits and scored four runs as host San Diego beat staggering Colorado.
Brewers 3, Rangers 2: Adrian Houser struck out a career-high 10 and rookie Keston Hiura hit his 14th home run as host Milwaukee beat Texas and extended their winning streak to five games.
Mets 4, Nationals3: Luis Guillorme picked a perfect time for his first big league homer — a tying shot leading off the eighth — J.D. Davis added a go-ahead sacrifice fly and host New York worked its magic again, beating Washington for their eighth straight victory.
Marlins 7, Braves 6 (10): Martin Prado hit a sacrifice fly that scored Harold Ramirez in the bottom of the 10th inning as host Miami rallied for a win over Atlanta. Playing in front of a season-high home crowd of 29,720, the Marlins erased a 6-2 deficit by scoring four in the bottom of the ninth.
Cardinals 3, Pirates 1: Adam Wainwright gave up a home run on the first pitch of the game but not much else, and host St. Louis beat Pittsburgh.
Royals 7, Tigers 0: Mike Montgomery struck out a career-high 12 in seven innings as visiting Kansas City beat Detroit. Jorge Soler homered and scored twice for the Royals, who had lost six of seven.
Angels 12, Red Sox 4: Mike Trout hit the first home run of his career at Fenway Park and visiting Los Angeles snapped an eight-game losing streak with a rout of Boston. Justin Upton added a three-run homer in the first inning.
Blue Jays 5, Yankees 4: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh inning and host Toronto rallied to beat the Yankees, handing New York its second straight loss following a season-high nine-game winning streak.
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