Carter's day turns around with one swing

Carter's day turns around with one swing
August 19, 2014, 11:30 pm
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By the end of the night, it didn't matter that Chris Carter had struck out four times. The lasting impression was from his last at-bat that delivered the Astros a three-run, game-winning home run.

"I mean, really, I was just trying to hit it and put it in play instead of what happened (before) because in my first four at-bats, I didn't get anything," Carter said. "It was tough. But I just went up there in my last at-bat and tried to forget about it, regroup, and just have a better at-bat."

That he did, as he crushed his 30th homer of the season to left field. Carter is now only two home runs away from tying for the major league lead.

"This guy can change the game with one swing," Bo Porter said. "And he changed the game tonight with one swing. He got the green light (on a) 3-0 (pitch). He didn't miss that ball.

"I've seen him hot before," Porter added. "And I've always said this: when this guy gets hot, it can come in bunches and he can carry a team."

And that's essentially what happened on Tuesday, just with the rough beginning to the game that came after an 0-for-5 performance on Sunday.

"When you start talking about a course of a season, obviously Chris had his struggles early," Porter explained. "But you look at the success in which he's had over the last six or seven weeks, I think that is the player that he has the capability of being. Now it's all a matter of him finishing the season strong and being consistent the way he's been consistent the last seven weeks."

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