HOUSTON – If the past week is an indication of what Eddie Rosario can do “when the weather gets warm,” as he said, just imagine what the summer swelter might do to his offensive output.
Rosario reached out and deposited an 88-mph cutter from left-handed Astros starter Wade Miley into the Crawford Boxes in left field in the first inning Tuesday, a three-run homer that staked the Twins to an early lead. It didn’t last, though, as Houston won 10-4 to end the Twins’ winning streak at four.
It was Rosario’s sixth home run in the past seven days, and his 10th in the season’s first 21 games, making him the fastest Twin ever to reach double-digits. Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett hit his 10th home run in the 23rd game of the 1986 season, a franchise record that was no match for the hottest start of Rosario’s career.
But the Twins’ road trip has been a showcase for more than just Rosario’s offense. In the fifth inning, the left fielder hustled to the corner and grabbed an Alex Bregman liner as it bounced off the scoreboard, then wheeled and fired it to second base in time to nail Bregman as he arrived at second base. That marked the third time on this trip that Rosario had contributed to an out on the bases, and his four outfield assists place him third in the AL.
Bregman’s hit, however, drove home two runs, the most crucial hit in Houston’s comeback from the early deficit that Rosario’s opposite-field homer had built.