For the first month of the season, Designated Hitter Evan Gattis could do little right. He hit .200 with just one homer. He has spent the last month catching up. Gattis delivered the two key hits Tuesday night in Oakland that drove in five of Houston's six runs in a 6-3 victory over the Athletics.
Gattis: Touches them all
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Gattis smacked a three-run homer off Daniel Mengden in the second to give the Astros a 4-2 lead then added a two-run double in the fifth for the rest of Houston's scoring. In his past month of games, Gattis has batted .280 with 10 homers and 25 RBIs.
Carlos Correa sat out the Rangers series with soreness in his right side. He celebrated his return to action by taking Mengden deep in the first inning, notching two hits on the evening. Yuli Gurriel, Josh Reddick and Tony Kemp joined Correa and Gattis in the multi-hit club for the night.
Lance McCullers tossed seven strong innings for his eighth win. He allowed five hits and walked three. He gave up two early tallies before settling down. Collin McHugh, Brad Peacock and Ken Giles finished up with Giles claiming his 11th save.
The victory kept Houston a half-game behind Seattle who toppled the Angels Tuesday night. The M's reclaimed the AL West lead while the Astros were idle on Monday.
Gerrit Cole (7-1) seeks his third win over Oakland this season when he starts the 9:05 pm Central Wednesday night contest versus righthander Paul Blackburn (1-0) who had quite the debut after rejoining the club from the 60-day disabled list.
Houston will be after their seventh straight win after they increased their season record to 43-25. The A's are just above .500 at 34-33. The Astros have won six of seven so far in their season series.
- Bob Hulsey