- Associated Press - Friday, May 30, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Houston rookie George Springer has had a month to remember.

And he’s not about to let up.

Springer hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning, and the Astros extended their winning streak to six with a 3-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Springer’s shot to left off Preston Guilmet (0-1) extended the rookie’s hitting streak to 11 games and was his seventh homer in his last seven games. The shot barely got over the left field wall.


“I was screaming at it,” Springer said. “I was saying ‘Go, go, go’ and it went. So thank you, baseball.”

Springer’s 10 home runs in May extended his Astros rookie record and tied him for the third most long balls by a rookie in May with Jose Canseco, Wally Joyner and Walt Dropo. Mark McGwire set the rookie record for home runs in May with 15 in 1987.

“What a guy,” Houston manager Bo Porter said of Springer. “It’s been pretty impressive. It’s fun to watch. It’s almost must-see TV.”

Springer said he was happy to help the Astros continue winning and gave a lot of credit to the man hitting before him in the lineup, Jose Altuve, who had three hits.

“The guy that’s on base, and it’s always Jose Altuve,” Springer said of his late game poise. “He’s always on base, and with him on base, I understand that he’s a threat. With him on base, if they miss, I have to hit it.”

Springer became the first Astros rookie to hit seven home runs in seven games and first Houston player to do it since Morgan Ensberg in 2006. Ensberg, however, hit his seven home runs over a six-game span.

“He’s an exciting player,” Porter said. “At any moment, he can change the game with one swing. It doesn’t matter if he’s 0 for 3 or 3 for 3, he has the ability to impact the game every time he steps into the batter’s box.”

Brad Peacock allowed a run on six hits with eight strikeouts in six innings. Peacock, who was scratched prior to his scheduled start May 24 at Seattle with forearm soreness, went six innings for the fifth straight start.

Porter said it was the best Peacock had pitched all season.

Peacock said it was the best he had felt all year, and he was able to locate his pitches.

“I went out there, I wasn’t scared,” Peacock said. “I threw my fastball, the team came up with some big plays. Springer got the homer and the team got the win. That’s all you can ask for.”

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