Bregman hit three doubles and Yuli Gurriel homered for the second game in a row, leading Justin Verlander and the Astros over the Minnesota Twins.
HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman knows he doesn't have to do too much in a Houston Astros lineup that also features George Springer, Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa.
And that, he says, is what has allowed him to put together the best year of his young career.
Bregman hit three doubles and Yuli Gurriel homered for the second game in a row, leading Justin Verlander and the Astros over the Minnesota Twins 5-2 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
"Just having the guys that I have around me in that lineup allows me to just relax and try to put together a good at-bat," Bregman said, playing down that he's leading the team in almost every offensive category.
Manager A.J. Hinch had no trouble raving about his 24-year-old third baseman, who's in just his second full season in the majors.
"He's just locked in," Hinch said. "When that happens, he leaves very little margin for the pitcher to get him out. And we're seeing that come pretty regularly for him."
Verlander (14-9) yielded one run and three hits while fanning eight over seven innings.
Jorge Polanco homered off reliever Chris Devenski to begin the ninth. After Robbie Grossman walked, Roberto Osuna took over and gave up a single to Tyler Austin with one out. Gurriel then caught Max Kepler's liner and stepped on first to complete the double play and give Osuna his 13th save.
"Obviously, if that ball went through it would have been extra bases," Gurriel said. "So to be able to make that play was very, very important to win that game."
The Astros got to Trevor May (3-1) immediately when Springer hit a leadoff single and scored on a one-out double by Bregman. Tyler White hit an RBI single with two outs to score Bregman and a short mound visit came next.
On the second pitch after the visit, Gurriel sent a ball into the seats in left field for his 10th homer to extend the lead to 4-0.
Twins rookie Kohl Stewart, who was born and grew up in Houston, took over for the second inning and pitched well in front of a large group of friends and family sitting behind the visitor's dugout. He allowed just three hits over five scoreless innings.
"Kohl did a really nice job," manager Paul Molitor said. "I was a little concerned about him with all the people he had here at the ballpark, but he made them happy."
Verlander ran into some trouble in the second inning when Grossman singled before Miguel Sano and Kepler drew consecutive walks with one out to load the bases. But Verlander retired Ehire Adrianza before striking out Chris Gimenez to end the threat.
Sano was carted off the field in the inning after injuring his surgically repaired left leg sliding into second base. The team said X-rays were negative and he was listed as day-to-day with a bruise on his lower left leg. Sano had a rod inserted in his left leg in November.
Grossman, who previously played for the Astros, hit an RBI double with two outs in the third that made it 4-1. Verlander started rolling after that, retiring the last 13 batters he faced, with six strikeouts, before Ryan Pressly took over for the eighth inning.