Watch: Astros take commanding lead in Game 3 of ALDS with pair of home runs off Sonny Gray

The Astros wasted no time putting their disappointing loss in Game 2 of the ALDS to the Twins behind them by knocking in four runs in the top of the first, including three on a home run by first baseman Jose Abreu.

In the top of the fifth, Alex Bregman added a solo shot to extend to lead to 5-0.

Houston is coming off a 6-2 loss in Game 2 but got to Minnesota starting pitcher Sonny Gray early.

The 11-year pitcher was one of the best in avoiding giving up home runs during the regular season.

Per Jayson Stark, Gray didn’t give up two home runs in a game in 32 starts but was tagged twice in the first five innings.

Twins reporter Phil Miller reported that Tuesday’s Game 3 marked the first time since Gray joined the Twins that the pitcher allowed multiple home runs in a start.

 Houston Chronicle’s Matt Kawahara pointed to another stat to show how unlikely Houston’s scoring outburst was. Both home runs came off Gray’s sweeper pitch, which was basically unhittable during the regular season.

Abreu’s home run is a welcome sign for the 2020 AL MVP. He struggled in his first season with the Astros after signing a three-year, $58.5 deal with them during the offseason.

He posted career lows in batting average (.237) and on-base percentage (.296) and began the postseason 1-for-7 at the plate.

Bregman’s home run was the 16th of his postseason career and first since Game 2 of the 2022 World Series.

The Astros have reached the ALCS in each of the past six seasons. Thanks to their bats waking up in a big way in Game 3, Houston is close to making it seven.

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