2-HR game from Rasmus a welcome sign

Outfielder gives Astros plenty of production out of the cleanup spot

2-HR game from Rasmus a welcome sign

MILWAUKEE -- When Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus is seeing the ball well, he can be as dangerous as anyone on the team with a bat in his hands.

Rasmus showed proof of that Saturday night at Miller Park, socking his first two homers of the season -- including a 462-foot blast, as projected by Statcast™, in the fifth inning -- and driving in four runs to lead the Astros to a 6-4 win over the Brewers that snapped a three-game losing streak.

"It just felt good to get us flowing good and to get up on those guys and get us a W," Rasmus said. "We needed to win that game."

Astros manager A.J. Hinch has plugged Rasmus into the cleanup spot four times in the first five games, which tells how important Rasmus is to the offense. He didn't see much cleanup time last year until the end of the season.

"There's a look to him where he's controlling exactly what he's looking for, and when he gets it, he does a ton of damage," Hinch said. "To see him [utilizing] left-center field early in the game and then sit on an offspeed pitch knowing they were pitching a little carefully to him, that one's pretty far. That type of approach, where you can handle the ball away and handle the ball in, that's a good sign for us."

Rasmus, who had a career-high 25 homers last year, came up in a big spot in the first inning with the bases loaded and no outs against Brewers starter Wily Peralta and hit a deep sac fly to left field. Tyler White, batting fifth in the order for the first time, followed Rasmus with another sac fly to make it 2-0.

Rasmus' sacrifice fly

"I hit it pretty good, but he hit put it in a good spot," Rasmus said. "He painted it and I did the job. I was trying to get that run in. I would have liked a little more, but that's just part of it. The swing was feeling pretty good today."

Rasmus homered to center field in the third to make it 3-0, and in the fifth he crushed a changeup and sent it to the back of the deck in right field for a 5-1 lead. White followed with a projected 427-foot homer off the batter's eye in center field.

"Yeah, he had it going on," Rasmus said of White. "Hopefully we continue that. It was fun to watch right now, watching him hit up there and doing the things he's doing. Yeah, man. Baseball's good. Today's good."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.