Springer hits 20th homer, Astros launch 3 to beat A's 4-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) ��� As good as the Houston Astros have been at home this season, they've been even better on the road while piling up wins at a ridiculous rate.

It's a fact that's not lost on manager A.J. Hinch, although he's not inclined to read much into it just yet.

George Springer hit his 20th home run, Jake Marisnick and Derek Fisher also went deep and the Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Monday night.

Evan Gattis and Alex Bregman both doubled twice to help the Astros improve to a major league-best 24-8 on the road while winning their seventh straight at the Coliseum.

"Twelve months ago I was asking why we were so terrible on the road and we were really good at home," Hinch said. "I think it's more coincidence. This is the same core group of guys that struggled on the road before. We don't take ourselves too seriously. We don't flaunt it. We don't have too much arrogance. We like our team. We like our guys."

Brad Peacock (4-1) struck out eight in 5 2/3 innings. He retired 16 of his first 18 batters and didn't allow a runner past first until Matt Joyce's one-out double in the sixth.

"Just working on the fastball, throwing the slider for strikes and throwing it for balls when I needed to," Peacock said. "I'm not really trying to strike anybody out. I'm just trying to make pitches and trying to go deep in the game."

Three relievers combined to get 10 outs for Houston. Ken Giles pitched the ninth for his 17th save.

Jed Lowrie doubled in Oakland's run. The A's were coming off a four-game sweep of the AL East-leading New York Yankees but fell 15½ games behind the first-place Astros in the AL West.

Marisnick hit his ninth homer on a 2-2 pitch from rookie starter Daniel Gossett (0-2), a two-run drive that bounced off the façade underneath the lower row of luxury suites in center field.

Springer homered off John Axford leading off the eighth.

Fisher's home run came in the ninth but the outfielder was informed after the game that he was being optioned to the minors to make room for Josh Reddick, set to come off the disabled list Tuesday.

The A's scored their lone run in the sixth. After Joyce doubled and Chad Pinder walked, Lowrie hit a ball into right-center. Joyce scored easily but Pinder was thrown out at home on a relay by shortstop Carlos Correa.

"At that point, you've got to send him and take a chance," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "We know Correa's got a good arm but we weren't doing a whole lot. When you get an opportunity to potentially tie the game, you've got to send him."

CALL OVERTURNED

Springer led off the game with a sinking liner to left that Oakland's Khris Davis initially appeared to catch after diving for it. The ball popped out of Davis' glove after he hit the turf and skidded, but third base umpire Mike Everitt signaled out. The Astros challenged and the call was overturned following a replay review.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. threw a bullpen before the game and could return to the rotation this week. ... RHP Charlie Morton (lat strain) will likely need two to three rehab starts in the minors to build up arm strength, Hinch said. ... LHP Dallas Keuchel (neck) played catch before the game.

Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman was held out with a left knee infection. ... SS Marcus Semien (wrist) will begin a rehab assignment this weekend. ... RHP Kendall Graveman (right shoulder strain) threw in the outfield and came out fine.

FAMILY FIRST

Oakland bench coach Mark Kotsay took an indefinite leave of absence to be with his daughter, who suffered an eye injury. Chip Hale will fill in for Kotsay, and Steve Scarsone replaced Hale as third base coach.

UP NEXT

Oakland RHP Sonny Gray (2-2, 4.44 ERA) faces Houston for the first time this season Tuesday night. Astros RHP Francis Martes (1-0, 5.19) makes his second major league start.

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AstrosHOU47-24
000020011490
AthleticsOAK31-39
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  • W: B. Peacock (4-1)L: D. Gossett (0-2)S: K. Giles (17)
  • HR: HOU - J. Marisnick (9), G. Springer (20), D. Fisher (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF51211011.284.357.561.9186.5
M. Gonzalez 1B40100001.310.400.577.9771.0
J. Altuve 2B40000012.326.397.528.925-0.5
C. Correa SS30000112.304.380.520.9000.5
C. Beltran DH40000012.235.285.415.699-0.5
E. Gattis C41200000.270.335.421.7565.0
D. Fisher LF41111022.278.381.611.9925.0
A. Bregman 3B40200002.249.323.402.7254.0
J. Marisnick CF31121111.260.343.563.9057.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Joyce RF41100021.232.335.416.7512.0
    C. Pinder 2B30000121.231.287.485.7710.0
    J. Lowrie DH40110000.287.358.484.8423.0
    K. Davis LF30000120.237.319.490.8100.0
    Y. Alonso 1B40100012.301.395.6221.0160.5
    R. Healy 3B40000021.280.308.537.846-1.0
    J. Brugman CF30000011.250.300.250.550-0.5
    J. Phegley C20000010.212.235.364.599-0.5
    a- S. Vogt C00000100.213.281.355.6361.0
    A. Rosales SS30100021.238.274.341.6160.0
    • a-walked for Phegley in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - E. Gattis 2 (11), A. Bregman 2 (12)
    • HR - G. Springer (20), D. Fisher (2), J. Marisnick (9)
    • RBI - G. Springer (45), D. Fisher (3), J. Marisnick 2 (18)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Marisnick 2 (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Joyce (11), J. Lowrie (23)
    • RBI - J. Lowrie (25)
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - A. Bregman
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - G. Springer (2)
    PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Peacock (W, 4-1)5.2412802.821.1919.0
    W. Harris 1.1001302.170.863.5
    C. Devenski 1.0000202.590.844.0
    K. Giles (S, 17)1.0000003.621.0610.0
    PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Gossett (L, 0-2)6.2620617.201.3011.0
    L. Hendriks 0.1001003.821.24-1.0
    J. Axford 1.0111016.921.920.0
    J. Smith 1.0210116.631.680.5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 99-62, W. Harris 21-12, C. Devenski 14-9, K. Giles 11-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 3-5, W. Harris 1-0, K. Giles 1-2
    • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 22, W. Harris 5, C. Devenski 3, K. Giles 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Gossett 100-70, L. Hendriks 8-3, J. Axford 21-13, J. Smith 13-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Gossett 5-9, J. Axford 3-0, J. Smith 2-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Gossett 26, L. Hendriks, J. Axford 5, J. Smith 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    AstrosHOU47-24
    000020011490
    AthleticsOAK31-39
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF51211011.284.357.561.9186.5
    M. Gonzalez 1B40100001.310.400.577.9771.0
    J. Altuve 2B40000012.326.397.528.925-0.5
    C. Correa SS30000112.304.380.520.9000.5
    C. Beltran DH40000012.235.285.415.699-0.5
    E. Gattis C41200000.270.335.421.7565.0
    D. Fisher LF41111022.278.381.611.9925.0
    A. Bregman 3B40200002.249.323.402.7254.0
    J. Marisnick CF31121111.260.343.563.9057.5
    Total3549432713-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Joyce RF41100021.232.335.416.7512.0
      C. Pinder 2B30000121.231.287.485.7710.0
      J. Lowrie DH40110000.287.358.484.8423.0
      K. Davis LF30000120.237.319.490.8100.0
      Y. Alonso 1B40100012.301.395.6221.0160.5
      R. Healy 3B40000021.280.308.537.846-1.0
      J. Brugman CF30000011.250.300.250.550-0.5
      J. Phegley C20000010.212.235.364.599-0.5
      a- S. Vogt C00000100.213.281.355.6361.0
      A. Rosales SS30100021.238.274.341.6160.0
      Total3014103137-----
      • a-walked for Phegley in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Gattis 2 (11), A. Bregman 2 (12)
      • HR - G. Springer (20), D. Fisher (2), J. Marisnick (9)
      • RBI - G. Springer (45), D. Fisher (3), J. Marisnick 2 (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Marisnick 2 (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Joyce (11), J. Lowrie (23)
      • RBI - J. Lowrie (25)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - A. Bregman
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Springer (2)
      PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Peacock (W, 4-1)5.2412802.821.1919.0
      W. Harris 1.1001302.170.863.5
      C. Devenski 1.0000202.590.844.0
      K. Giles (S, 17)1.0000003.621.0610.0
      Total9.0413130---
      PITCHERSIPHERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Gossett (L, 0-2)6.2620617.201.3011.0
      L. Hendriks 0.1001003.821.24-1.0
      J. Axford 1.0111016.921.920.0
      J. Smith 1.0210116.631.680.5
      Total9.094273---
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 99-62, W. Harris 21-12, C. Devenski 14-9, K. Giles 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 3-5, W. Harris 1-0, K. Giles 1-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 22, W. Harris 5, C. Devenski 3, K. Giles 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Gossett 100-70, L. Hendriks 8-3, J. Axford 21-13, J. Smith 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Gossett 5-9, J. Axford 3-0, J. Smith 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Gossett 26, L. Hendriks, J. Axford 5, J. Smith 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Fisher homered to right41
      • 8TH INNING
        Springer homered to right center31
      • 6TH INNING
        Lowrie doubled to center, Joyce scored, Pinder out at home21
      • 5TH INNING
        Marisnick homered to center, Gattis scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Josh Smith relieved John Axford
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Gattis grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Fisher: Fisher homered to right
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman doubled to left center
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • Ken Giles relieved Chris Devenski
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Alonso flied out to shallow left
        • R. Healy: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Healy fouled out to right
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Stephen Vogt catching
        • John Axford relieved Liam Hendriks
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Springer homered to right center
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to first
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Correa walked
        • C. Beltran: Strike looking, Beltran grounded out to second
        • Chris Devenski relieved Will Harris
        • M. Joyce: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Joyce struck out looking
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pinder struck out looking
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie flied out to left
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gattis lined out to left
        • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Fisher struck out looking
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman doubled to right center
        • Liam Hendriks relieved Daniel Gossett
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Marisnick walked
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Bregman picked off at second, pitcher to second
        • W. Harris Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • J. Brugman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Brugman struck out swinging
        • Stephen Vogt hit for Josh Phegley
        • S. Vogt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Vogt walked
        • A. Rosales: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosales struck out swinging
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez singled to shallow center
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve lined out to right
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa lined out to center
        • C. Beltran: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Beltran struck out swinging
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • A. Rosales: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Rosales struck out looking
        • M. Joyce: Strike swinging, Foul, Joyce doubled to right
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pinder walked
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Lowrie doubled to center, Joyce scored, Pinder out at home
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
        • Will Harris relieved Brad Peacock
        • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alonso grounded out to second
        • End of Inning (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Foul, Gattis doubled to shallow left
        • D. Fisher: Ball, Foul, Fisher grounded out to first, Gattis to third
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Bregman grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick homered to center, Gattis scored
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Healy flied out to right
        • J. Brugman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brugman grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • C. Correa: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Correa grounded out to second
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Beltran lined out to right
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie lined out to right
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Marisnick lined out to right
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Springer flied out to deep right
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to center
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Phegley grounded out to third
        • A. Rosales: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rosales singled to right center
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Beltran grounded out to first
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Gattis doubled to left
        • D. Fisher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fisher struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Alonso singled to right
        • R. Healy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • J. Brugman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brugman flied out to deep right
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Gossett Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer singled to left
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Gonzalez lined out to left, Springer to second
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve lined out to center, Springer to third
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike looking, Joyce popped out to third
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Lowrie lined out to right
        • End of Inning (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)