HOUSTON – He did it again.
Astros rookie sensation Yordan Alvarez became only the fourth player in Major League history with at least four home runs in his first five career games when he took Blue Jays starter Clayton Richard deep in the third inning on Saturday at Minute Maid
Alvarez, starting in the left field for the first time in his career, crushed a Richard pitch and estimated 439 feet into the upper deck in the right-center field, according to Statcast. The ball left the bat at 1
The 21-year-old phenomenon joins Trevor Story (six in 2016), Yasiel Puig (four in ' 13) and Mike Jacobs (four in '05) as the only players in MLB history with at least four home runs in their first five career games
The homer was Alvarez's first against a left-hander in the Majors. Coming into the game, he had one career appearance on a lefty (a walk) before hitting a double play in his first at-bat Saturday.
Alvarez hit .343 with 23 homers and 71 RBIs in 56 games at Triple-A Round Rock this season.
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter