Chris Carter doesn’t say very much. Even though he’s playful and smiles and laughs often, he measures his words and speaks softer than any other Astro.

But as Domingo Santana agonized through a miserable start to his career, the hottest slugger in the majors made his biggest point with a simple stat – 0-for-33.

That’s how long it took Carter to get his first hit in the majors as a rookie in 2010, when opposing fans yelled at him to go back to Class AAA. Carter has dealt with obnoxious detractors consistently since his rookie season, but now he’s carrying the Astros’ offense. He put on a power display again Tuesday night with two home runs to lead the Astros to a 10-4 victory before a crowd of 17,490 at Minute Maid Park to tie the three-game series.

“It’s a good feeling to go up there feeling like you’re going to hit a ball hard instead of being in that in-between stage where you’re like, ‘I don’t know how I feel right now,’” Carter said.

Carter drilled a monstrous two-run homer to left in the third inning and a three-run blast to left in the fourth for the ninth multi-home run game of his career. He has six multi-home run games this season, tying the franchise single-season record Lance Berkman set in 2006.

Carter leads the team in home runs (28) and RBIs (66). More impressively, he leads the majors with 15 home runs, 36 RBIs, a .732 slugging percentage and a 1.104 OPS since July 1.

“I knew he was capable of it when you look at the fact that this guy had 29 home runs last year and it’s power to all fields,” manager Bo Porter said. “So you watch him take batting practice, you watch his work and you know that the ability is in there and you see it in spurts.