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Chris Johnson powers Astros with two homers, six RBI

May 2, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

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Chris Johnson entered Wednesday without a homer in 86 at-bats, but he took Chris Schwinden deep in each of his first two plate appearances today to lead the Astros to an 8-1 win over the Mets.

Johnson drove in five runs with the two homers and later added a sixth RBI on a single on his way to a 4-for-4 day. He joined Ryan Braun in becoming the second player this season to collect at least four hits, two homers and six RBI in a game. No Astro had pulled off that feat since Lance Berkman on June 14, 2001.

Johnson appeared to be fading from Houston’s plans as last year went along, but he managed to  overtake Jimmy Paredes on the depth chart and regain his starting job at third base this spring.  At 27, this could well be his last chance to make it. Johnson is a below average defender at third base, and while he’s a career .277 hitter, that comes with a putrid 218/35 K/BB ratio in 831 career at-bats. Since he’ll likely always sport subpar OBPs, it’s a must that he starts hitting for more power, like he did today.

  1. phukyouk - May 2, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    so what you’re saying is that AP needs to face the Mets ASAP? boy is his face going to be red when he finds out that they play in the NL.

  2. jeffa43 - May 2, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    After having a hard time picking up the curv, CJ has started to hammer the curv the last few days…

    He and the happy hitting Stros are no longer the 2006-2011 Stros….

    Keep it going.

  3. stex52 - May 2, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Dreams of .500. Nice to see the kids come out of the box with better effort. And starting pitching is certainly better than we thought. Could be some hard times ahead, but I already feel better than with the pitiful effort last year.

    Nice to see CJ come back. I had the feeling 2010 was a career-best. He is still not the long term answer, but he may be our best choice for a couple more years.

    Here’s to better days.

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