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Carter leads Astros homer-happy win over Athletics


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HOUSTON (AP) After scoring six runs in the last four games, Houston's offense went on a homer spree.

Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each hit a home run as the Houston Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Carter hit a monstrous three-run shot to center field in the third to give the Astros a lead, and Castro and Krauss went back-to-back in the sixth, with Castro's homer a two-run shot.

Krauss' homer found the upper deck in right field and chased A's starter Jesse Chavez (8-7). Two batters later, Dominguez sent a drive onto the railroad tracks in left field off reliever Dan Otero.

''We've been going through our offensive woes and, again, to see the middle of the lineup swing the bat the way they swung it tonight was exciting,'' Houston manager Bo Porter said.

The last time Houston hit three home runs in an inning was June 5, 2013, against Baltimore.

The Astros were coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of Miami.

''It's just nice to see that after we struggled against the Marlins to score runs,'' Carter said. ''It's nice to see the offense come around like that.''

Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer (3-7) won for the first time since May 30, giving up three runs and eight hits with two strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.

''For me and Castro, it was the same game plan,'' Oberholtzer said. ''Just attack them, throw the ball in and stay away from the big innings.''

Chavez allowed a season-high six runs and five hits with five strikeouts in 5 1-3 innings.

''I thought he was throwing the ball really well, real similar to how he did last time out,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''I think the Carter at-bat affected the way things went from there.''

The three home runs allowed were a career high. Chavez had allowed three home runs in his last 11 starts combined.

''To sum up the whole day, it was three pitches and one walk,'' Chavez said. ''That can't happen when you have the lead, and it's something that has been my Achilles heel, giving back the runs they get for me and not being able to get through six.''

Stephen Vogt had two hits, including a solo home run in the third into the upper deck in right to give the A's a 2-0 lead. Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson each added two hits for Oakland.

Derek Norris gave the A's a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI single, and Yoenis Cespedes tied it at 3 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

ON DECK

Athletics: Right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four starts since being acquired July 5 from the Cubs, will start Tuesday against the Astros in the second game of the three-game series.

Astros: Right-hander Scott Feldman, who is 4-8 with a 4.60 ERA, will try to bounce back Tuesday after one of his worst starts of the season, giving up six runs in 5 1-3 innings in a 13-1 loss at Oakland Thursday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Outfielder Craig Gentry was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a broken right hand, and the A's promoted OF Billy Burns from Double-A Midland. Gentry was injured Sunday at Texas after being hit by a pitch.

Astros: Right-hander Josh Zeid, who is on the disabled list with swelling near the left big toe, is going to see a specialist Tuesday and hopes to avoid surgery.

ALTUVE IS STREAKING

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the third inning. Altuve, who leads the Majors with 149 hits, had a season-high hitting streak of 12 games from May 8-21.

REDDICK SHOWS OFF GLOVE

Josh Reddick flashed the leather twice in the seventh. Enrique Hernandez led off with a sharp liner to right, but Reddick ran it down in the corner, keeping the ball from hitting the top of the fence. Altuve followed with another hard-hit ball that was about to fall in. Reddick dived forward to make another highlight-reel play.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

S. Vogt
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Houston

C. Carter
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jed Lowrie, SS4120111.243.322.359
Stephen Vogt, 1B5121003.361.387.544
Yoenis Cespedes, CF3001000.254.303.462
Josh Donaldson, 3B4120001.246.327.460
Derek Norris, C4011001.295.395.473
Brandon Moss, LF3000122.260.342.510
Alberto Callaspo, DH4010001.234.307.308
Josh Reddick, RF3000003.241.302.384
   a-Billy Burns, PH1000000.000.000.000
Nick Punto, 2B3010100.206.298.280
Jesse Chavez, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dan Otero, P0000000.000.000.000
   Evan Scribner, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3439333    
a-lined out for Reddick in the 9th
Batting
2B - Stephen Vogt (8, Oberholtzer), Josh Donaldson (16, Oberholtzer)
3B - Jed Lowrie (1, Oberholtzer)
HR - Stephen Vogt (5, Oberholtzer)
SF - Yoenis Cespedes (4)
RBI - Stephen Vogt (23), Yoenis Cespedes (66), Derek Norris (40)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Vogt (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Lowrie-Punto-Vogt
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jesse Chavez (L,8-7) 5.1566353 3.44
Dan Otero 0.2111001 2.37
Evan Scribner 1100000 2.08
Fernando Abad 1000030 1.91
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Chavez 91-59, Dan Otero 14-9, Evan Scribner 12-9, Fernando Abad 11-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Chavez 6-4, Dan Otero 1-1
Batters Faced - Jesse Chavez 23, Dan Otero 3, Evan Scribner 4, Fernando Abad 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Altuve, 2B4110001.343.377.449
Marwin Gonzalez, SS4010022.274.322.387
Chris Carter, DH3213101.214.292.479
Jason Castro, C4112010.226.294.385
Marc Krauss, LF3111020.197.282.346
   a-L.J. Hoes, PH-LF1000010.170.226.295
Jon Singleton, 1B3000110.175.266.343
Matt Dominguez, 3B3111011.233.278.367
Robbie Grossman, RF3000000.190.305.288
Enrique Hernandez, CF2110100.274.346.384
Brett Oberholtzer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Josh Fields, P0000000.000.000.000
   Tony Sipp, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3077738    
a-struck out for Krauss in the 8th
Batting
HR - Chris Carter (21, J. Chavez), Jason Castro (10, J. Chavez), Marc Krauss (5, J. Chavez), Matt Dominguez (13, Otero)
RBI - Chris Carter 3 (49), Jason Castro 2 (40), Marc Krauss (16), Matt Dominguez (44)
2-OUT RBI - Chris Carter 3 (9), Matt Dominguez (13)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - M. Gonzalez-Altuve-Singleton
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Oberholtzer (W,3-7) 6.2833121 4.30
Josh Fields 1100000 4.19
Tony Sipp 1.1000210 2.27
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Oberholtzer 97-64, Josh Fields 11-9, Tony Sipp 31-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Oberholtzer 5-12, Tony Sipp 1-2
Batters Faced - Brett Oberholtzer 28, Josh Fields 4, Tony Sipp 6
Game Information
Attendance - 18259
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Cory Blaser, Third Base - Jim Joyce