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Astros use 17-hit barrage to outslug A's

June 28, 2017

HOUSTON -- The Astros banged out 17 hits, including a leadoff homer by George Springer, and overcame a season-high five homers by the A's to win for the seventh time in nine games, 11-8, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.After going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position in Tuesday's

HOUSTON -- The Astros banged out 17 hits, including a leadoff homer by George Springer, and overcame a season-high five homers by the A's to win for the seventh time in nine games, 11-8, on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.
After going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position in Tuesday's loss, the Astros were 8-for-16 with RISP Wednesday. Springer and Josh Reddick each had three hits, while Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Brian McCann and Yuli Gurriel each had two hits.
"It's a dangerous lineup," said Reddick, who drove in three runs and had two steals. "Springer starting us off with yet another leadoff homer, and setting the tone early. You got a real glimpse at how good our lineup can be when everybody is swinging the bats well and clicking on the right level."

Every Astros starter had a hit by the fifth inning, as Houston pounded A's starter Jesse Hahn (3-6) for six runs on nine hits in in two-plus innings. Astros starter David Paulino was nearly as ineffective, allowing seven runs on seven hits in four-plus innings.
"When they get going like that, you feel it's tough to stop them, especially when you're behind," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "But we battled back enough to where we were in the game pretty much the rest of the way. They just added on a couple at the end that gave them some distance from us."
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Springer's leadoff homer helped stake the Astros to a 4-1 lead after two innings, but Oakland's Khris Davis capped a four-run third with a three-run homer -- his second of the game -- to put the A's ahead, 5-4. Houston batted around in the bottom of the inning, scoring five runs on RBIs by five different players to take a 9-5 lead.

"Some nights, you can do everything right except for the last piece like [Tuesday] night," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Tonight, it was like contagious, getting some two-out positive at-bats. We did a great job the entire night, specifically in the bottom of the third. They scored four, and could have taken the life out of what we're doing, but like this team usually does, we responded so well."
Ryon Healy, Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie also homered for Oakland.

Springer dinger beginner: Springer ignited one of the Astros' biggest offensive barrages of the season by clubbing a homer off Hahn to start the bottom of the first. It was Springer's 24th homer of the season -- the most by an Astros player prior to the All-Star break since Lance Berkman hit 24 in the first half of 2006 -- and his ninth leadoff homer of the season, which broke the club single-season record of eight set by Craig Biggio in 2001 and equaled by Springer last year.
"I was looking for something to hit, and was able to hit it hard," Springer said. More >

Quick strike: After the A's scored four in the third to take a 5-4 lead, the Astros wasted no time retaking the lead. Hahn was pulled after giving up singles to McCann and Carlos Beltran to start the third, and Marwin Gonzalez greeted reliever Joshua Smith with an RBI double off the wall to tie the game. Beltran scored on a Gurriel grounder to give Houston the lead for good.
"That's a big hit when we needed it in the bottom of the third," Hinch said. "For us to stand back up, and put up as many good at-bats as we did, it's a tribute to how serious our team takes every night."

"We should talk more how good of a baseball player Josh Reddick is. He is really good at virtually everything," -- Hinch, on Reddick
Altuve became the first Astros player since Eric Bruntlett on Sept. 18, 2005, to have at least two hits, two walks and two steals in a game.
A's first baseman Yonder Alonso left the game in the eighth inning after fouling a ball off his right knee. Alonso left the game with two strikes in the count, but was charged with a strikeout after pinch-hitter Rajai Davis was at the plate for the third strike. More >

A's: Rookie Daniel Gossett will start Thursday's 11:10 a.m. PT series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. It will mark the fourth big league start for the right-hander, who tossed six strong innings in Chicago on Saturday and notched his first career win after holding the White Sox to two unearned runs.
Astros: Right-hander Brad Peacock (4-1, 2.82 ERA) returns from the paternity list to start Thursday's series finale at 1:10 p.m. CT at Minute Maid Park, his first outing since June 19 at Oakland. Since moving from the bullpen to the rotation, he is 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA in six starts, with 44 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings (Major League-leading 37 percent strikeout rate).
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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for since 2010.