Marwin extends record solo homer streak

Marwin extends record solo homer streak

HOUSTON -- Another homer, another solo shot for Marwin Gonzalez.

Gonzalez extended his Major League record by hitting his 25th career homer -- all of which have been without anybody on base. Gonzalez took Henry Owens deep in the second inning of Sunday's 7-5 loss to the Red Sox for his first homer of the season.

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No other hitter in the history of baseball has tallied more than 11 Major League home runs without bringing someone else in with him. Todd Dunwoody, the second-place finisher in this statistic, spent more than 400 of his 986 career plate appearances as a leadoff man, which partially explains his presence, but Gonzalez has started just three games atop the lineup in his career.

Earlier this season, Gonzalez just missed a home run in Arlington with a man on base when he hit the top of the wall and settled for a double. For the record, Gonzalez did hit a home run with runners on base during Spring Training.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.