Carlos Correa stood slack-jawed in the dugout as George Springer rounded the bases a second time Wednesday.
Correa was unable to comprehend the force Springer must have needed to send the second-longest homer in the majors this season into the concourse above the second deck at spacious Target Field.
The Minnesota Twins were just as stunned by the power the Houston Astros unleashed throughout the series.
Springer reached base in all six plate appearances and hit two of his team’s season-high six home runs to lead the Astros to their seventh straight victory, 17-6, over the Twins on Wednesday.
“I was in shock,” Correa said of Springer’s second homer, a 473-foot moon shot that trails only a 481-footer from Arizona’s Jake Lamb this season. “I’ve never seen a ball hit that hard before live in my life. It was not really where it landed, it was just the way it sounded the way it came off the bat. It just skyrocketed off the bat.”
Correa, Alex Bregman, Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez also went deep for the Astros, who scored 40 runs in the three-game sweep to set a franchise record. They had 19 hits on Wednesday and 37 in the series.
Brian Dozier, Eddie Rosario and Jason Castro homered for the Twins, who have lost four straight. Hector Santiago (4-5) gave up six runs on eight hits and walked three in six innings, three days after he was an emergency fill-in during the 15th inning of a loss to Tampa Bay.
“We got embarrassed in a few ways this series,” Dozier said.
Springer hit a solo shot in the fifth and his blast in the seventh started a six-run eruption that put the game out of reach.
“That’s all I got. That’s about all I can hit it,” said Springer, who has 13 homers this season after his fifth career multihomer game. “I’m just happy to help us there. They had just scored three, so I’ll take it.”
Gattis had four hits and three RBIs and Correa had three hits and three RBIs for the Astros (38-22).
A’s 3, Indians 1: Sean Manaea allowed three hits in seven innings, Chad Pinder homered twice and drove in all three of visiting Oakland runs.
Manaea (4-3) retired the first 10 hitters before Francisco Lindor homered with one out in the fourth. He gave up singles to Daniel Robertson and Edwin Encarnacion, along with a walk to Jose Ramirez.
The Indians have hit a home run in 16 consecutive games, moving into a tie with Minnesota for the longest streak in the majors this season.
Blue Jays 5, Reds 4: Devon Travis hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the seventh inning and Luke Maile also hit a two-run homer as Toronto completed a three-game sweep.
Jason Grilli (2-4) pitched one inning for the victory as the Blue Jays won for the eighth time in nine games and finished May at 18-10. The Blue Jays hit 49 home runs in May, going deep in 18 of its final 20 games.
D-backs 6, Pirates 5: Chris Owings singled home the go-ahead run in the 14th inning and visiting Arizona outlasted Pittsburgh in a game that took more than 4 1⁄2 hours to play — plus a 93-minute rain delay.
Paul Goldschmidt and Nick Ahmed homered for the Diamondbacks, and T.J. McFarland (3-0) pitched three hitless innings for the win.
Marlins 10, Phillies 2: Justin Bour hit two home runs, increasing his season total to 15, and host Miami completed its first series sweep of the season before a sparse crowd.
Marcell Ozuna hit his 14th homer for the Marlins (21-30), who have won four games in a row, their longest winning streak since last July.
Announced attendance was 15,197, lowest of the season in Miami, and a head count put the actual crowd at 1,590, perhaps the smallest in the five-year history of Marlins Park.
Dan Straily (4-3) struck out 10, allowed one earned run in 6 2⁄3 innings, and benefited from the offensive support to win his third start in a row.
The Phillies (17-34), off to their worst start since 1961, went 6-22 in May. That’s their fewest wins in a month since June 1997.
Padres 2, Cubs 1: Rookie Franchy Cordero tripled in the eighth and scored on Yangervis Solarte’s fielder’s choice as host San Diego handed Chicago its season-high sixth straight loss.
The defending World Series champion Cubs, who were swept at the Dodgers during the weekend, finished their first winless trip of at least six games since Aug. 3-8, 2012, when they also lost three at Los Angeles and three at San Diego.
Overall the Cubs have lost seven in a row on the road.
Harper drops appeal
Nationals star Bryce Harper has agreed to drop his appeal of a four-game suspension and will have one game shaved from the punishment.
Harper reached the agreement with Major League Baseball and was to begin serving the suspension immediately.
The punishment stemmed from a bench-clearing brawl on Monday after Harper was hit by a 98 mph fastball from Giants reliever Hunter Strickland. There’s no word on Strickland, who received a six-game suspension and also had planned to appeal.
The bad blood between the two stemmed from a pair of home runs Harper hit off Strickland in the 2014 playoffs.
Each player also was fined an undisclosed amount.