- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Chris Carter has been the hottest hitter in the majors since July 1.

Houston’s slugger is certainly happy with his recent streak but wishes he’d been able to get on track earlier in the season.

“I feel like I can do more,” he said. “Like I can do this the whole season instead of just a little part of the season.”

Carter homered twice and matched a career high with five RBIs to lead the Astros over the Minnesota Twins 10-4 on Tuesday night.

The game was tied in the third inning when Carter’s two-out, two-run drive to the Crawford Boxes in left field put Houston up 3-1.

Carter connected again on his next at-bat with a three-run shot in the fifth which chased Minnesota rookie starter Yohan Pino (1-5).

Carter leads the majors with 15 homers since July 1 and his six multihomer games this season ties a franchise record set by Lance Berkman in 2006. Tuesday was his second multi-homer game in a week and his 28 home runs are third in the American League and just one shy of his total in 2013.

His recent streak has upped his batting average to .230 from a season-low .181 on July 1. He’s powered the Astros offense while starters George Springer and Dexter Fowler have been on the disabled list.

“He had it in spurts last year,” Porter said. “So you would say to yourself, ‘At some point, when it all comes together and everything clicks and we start to get consistency to this, it can be scary.’ And that’s what we’re seeing right now.”

Carter insists he hasn’t changed anything and that things have simply started clicking for him. Despite hitting .350 this month, he still believes he can improve.

“I feel like there’s still more to be done and I’m not just going to settle with this right now and just sit right here,” he said.

Collin McHugh (5-9) allowed four hits and a run in six innings for the win.

Oswaldo Arcia homered twice for the Twins for his first career multihomer game. He gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the second inning and added a two-run shot in the ninth.

Jake Marisnick, who finished with two hits, tied it with a solo homer to start Houston’s third before Carter’s first home run put Houston on top.

Minnesota’s Joe Mauer singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to a season-high 14 games in his second game back from the disabled list.

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