With a three-run, go-ahead shot in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees, Chris Carter became the first Houston Astro since 2007 to hit 30 or more home runs in a season, per STATS.
Back in that 2007 campaign, two Astros players managed to reach this mark, but Carter is on pace to surpass both totals. Lance Berkman recorded 34 long balls that season, reaching No. 30 on Sept. 14. Carlos Lee collected 32 four-baggers that year, but it took him until Sept. 19 to hit his 30th.
Since July 4, Carter leads the majors with 17 home runs. He's had four multi-homer games over that stretch and has driven in a total of 42 runs.
The 27-year-old Carter has already passed his previous career high of 29 homers, which he set just last season. He was largely hit-or-miss in 2013, leading all of baseball with 212 strikeouts.
Carter's been able to cut back on the strikeouts a bit this season, having fanned only 133 times entering Wednesday's action. Per FanGraphs, his strikeout rate is currently 31 percent, down from 36.2 percent last year.
Carter did strike out four times in the same game he hit homer No. 30, becoming just the second player to register four Ks and a home run in a nine-inning game this season, per ESPN Stats & Info.
The recent power surge has brought Carter up to third place on the American League home run leaderboard. Only Jose Abreu and Nelson Cruz sit above him, with both at 32 long balls this season.
All stats courtesy of MLB.com unless otherwise specified.
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