Houston Astros Hit 2 Grand Slams in a Game for Only 2nd Time in Club History

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJune 9, 2014

Houston Astros'  Jon Singleton (28) is congratulated by teammates George Springer, left, Dexter Fowler and Jonathan Villar, right, after Singleton's grand slam off Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Minneapolis, Sunday, June 8, 2014. The Astros won 14-5. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
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The Houston Astros hit two grand slams during Sunday's 14-5 rout of the Minnesota Twins, marking just the second time in franchise history that the team has hit a pair of bases-loaded homers in one game, per ESPN Stats & Info on Twitter.

The Astros previously accomplished the feat almost 45 years ago, when Denis Menke and Jimmy Wynn both hit grand slams in the ninth inning of a game against the New York Mets on July 30, 1969.

In Sunday's contest against the Twins, designated hitter Chris Carter hit his first career grand slam and 10th home run of the season off of Twins reliever Brian Duensing in the seventh inning. Rookie first baseman Jon Singleton joined the party in the ninth inning, hitting a grand slam over the right-field fence against Twins closer Glen Perkins to extend the lead to 14-5.

Heading into Monday's matchup against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Singleton has two home runs through the first six games of his career.

The young Astros are beginning to show some promise at the plate as they rebuild the franchise in the wake of three consecutive 100-loss seasons.

In addition to the slams from Carter and Singleton on Sunday afternoon, rookie sensation George Springer added his 12th home run and 35th RBI—in just his 47th game—and 28-year-old outfielder Dexter Fowler smacked his fourth home run of the year, boosting his slash line to an impressive .277/.393/.395.

After a slow start to 2014, the Astros have won 11 of their last 15 games, dating back to May 24. While still far from a contender, Houston is on pace for a much more reasonable 91 losses—after averaging 108 over the previous three seasons.