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Olson stretches home run streak to 5 games

Slugger sets A's rookie record for consecutive games with a long ball, now 1 shy of tying club mark
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DETROIT -- Another day, another Matt Olson home run. The 23-year-old first baseman has now homered in five straight games after his second-inning shot off Chad Bell in the A's 9-8 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.

His five-game streak broke the franchise's rookie record for most consecutive games with a home run, and pulls him within one long ball of Frank Thomas' overall franchise record of six games, set back in 2006.

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DETROIT -- Another day, another Matt Olson home run. The 23-year-old first baseman has now homered in five straight games after his second-inning shot off Chad Bell in the A's 9-8 win over the Tigers on Tuesday.

His five-game streak broke the franchise's rookie record for most consecutive games with a home run, and pulls him within one long ball of Frank Thomas' overall franchise record of six games, set back in 2006.

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"It's cool," Olson said of breaking the rookie record. "Obviously, it would be nice if I could mix in another hit once in a while. I'm not complaining at all."

Olson's second-inning blast also made him the first player in franchise history with 15 homers in a 21-game span. His 23 home runs in his first career 66 games are the most of any Athletics player ever. Mark McGwire had 22 and Jose Canseco had 16.

"You've kind of got to take it with a grain of salt," Olson said of being mentioned with such names as McGwire and Canseco. "What's happening is happening. It's not going to determine anything for the future for me, so I just kind of approach each day as the one before."

Olson is averaging a home run every 5.5 at-bats in September and it has become almost an expectation that he will go deep every game.

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"I wouldn't say I expect it," Olson said after Monday's 8-3 win over Detroit. "You can't expect something like this to happen. I know I'm capable of it. Just kind of sit back and be in the moment and approach it the same way as the day before."

Manager Bob Melvin is just about running out of things to say about the tear Olson has been on.

"I'm done talking about it, you go ask him about it," Melvin said. "I'm done with superlatives. I don't have any more adjectives to use for him, I don't know what to say."

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit and covered the Athletics on Tuesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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