Gattis drives in 5 as Astros beat A's for 6th straight win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) After Houston fell into a quick one-run hole, Evan Gattis appreciated how the Astros came right back swinging.

Fences-clearing swings.

''It's like let `em know we're here, you know?'' he said.

Gattis hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs, Carlos Correa returned from a four-game absence and homered on the first pitch he saw, and the Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.

Gattis has seven homers and 20 RBIs over his last 14 games.

''It's been good for the last month,'' he said. ''It's easy to lose sight of that when you have a couple games where it's like 1 for 8 or 9 or something like that the last couple games in Texas. It's good to kind of sustain it a little bit.''

Lance McCullers Jr. (8-3) struck out five over seven strong innings, allowing two runs and five hits while winning a second straight decision. He surrendered Stephen Piscotty's sacrifice fly in the second and then kept Oakland's powerful order in check.

Correa was back in the lineup at shortstop after missing a series sweep at Texas with soreness in his right side after leaving last Wednesday's game against the Mariners following an at-bat in the seventh inning.

Oakland scored on a wild pitch in the first before the Astros answered against Daniel Mengden (6-6). Correa homered leading off the second. Gattis hit his 11th homer three batters later, and then chased Mengden with a two-run double with two outs in the fifth.

''He's obviously seeing the ball and he's putting the barrel on it and coming up with huge hits, a lot of them doing damage,'' manager A.J. Hinch said.

Matt Chapman hit three doubles before being hit by a pitch in the left hand in the eighth by Collin McHugh. X-rays were negative. Chapman's three doubles matched the Oakland single-game record, done for the 28th time and first since Matt Joyce last Sept. 27.

''He's using the whole field, seeing the ball early. Earlier in the season he was similar to this but right now I think he's seeing the ball as well as he has all year,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''You're seeing that the last few games.''

Ken Giles finished for his 11th save in 11 tries as the World Series champions moved to 6-1 so far this season against the A's.

Both teams left the bases loaded in the fourth.

Mengden was charged with six runs and eight hits.

BIG-TIME PARADE

The A's had some fun with the NBA Golden State Warriors' victory parade through downtown Oakland on Tuesday.

''We're back after a day off and Oakland even had a parade to celebrate us returning,'' the A's posted on Twitter.

SPECIAL NOD

Hinch is making a special addition to his All-Star coaching staff for next month's game in Washington: Retired Astros first base coach Rich Dauer will be in uniform and assisting Hinch.

''Just like old times,'' Hinch said.

Last November, Dauer was rushed to a hospital immediately after Houston's victory parade to celebrate its first World Series title. He survived a difficult surgery on a blood clot in his brain.

Dauer played for the Baltimore Orioles from 1976-85, winning a World Series in 1983. Dauer was hired by the Astros after the 2014 season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: There's no structural issue with RHP Joe Smith's sore elbow that put him on the disabled list last week. Smith saw a couple of different doctors and for now it's just going to take time to let the inflammation calm down, Hinch said.

Athletics: The A's plan to make a decision as soon as Wednesday on whether RHP Trevor Cahill will need a stint on the DL, which seems likely given his Achilles injury is not improving. Melvin expects RHP Chris Bassitt would return from Triple-A Nashville to replace Cahill in the rotation. ''If we do this, he deserves another chance,'' Melvin said. ... LHP Brett Anderson is scheduled for his first bullpen session Wednesday as he works back from a strained shoulder that landed him on the DL on May 19.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (7-1, 2.16 ERA) totaled 21 strikeouts to just four earned runs allowed in his first two starts against the A's this season.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (1-0, 1.50 ERA) makes his second start since coming off the 60-day DL after he was sidelined with a strained forearm.

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HOU43-25
0400200006121
OAK34-33
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  • W: L. McCullers (8-3)L: D. Mengden (6-6)S: K. Giles (11)
  • HR: HOU - E. Gattis (11), C. Correa (11)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF-RF40100121.294.368.513.8811.0
A. Bregman 3B40100104.266.375.448.8232.0
J. Altuve 2B50000013.336.381.462.843-0.5
C. Correa SS42211101.268.352.478.8309.0
Y. Gurriel 1B51200002.297.318.401.7194.0
J. Reddick RF-LF42200103.230.331.392.7235.0
E. Gattis DH41251002.239.300.467.76812.0
B. McCann C30000102.215.309.339.6481.0
T. Kemp LF40200011.294.380.412.7922.5
J. Marisnick CF00000000.153.174.280.4530.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fowler CF51200020.256.303.439.7422.0
    M. Semien SS50100001.259.310.369.6791.0
    J. Lowrie 2B41000023.280.346.459.8051.0
    K. Davis DH30000111.234.312.514.8260.5
    M. Olson 1B40000023.246.330.458.788-1.0
    M. Chapman 3B31300000.254.349.454.8038.0
    M. Canha LF30110102.250.320.442.7623.0
    S. Piscotty RF20010113.236.295.350.6441.5
    J. Lucroy C40000013.260.316.354.670-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel (16), E. Gattis (9), T. Kemp (5)
      • HR - C. Correa (11), E. Gattis (11)
      • RBI - C. Correa (40), E. Gattis 5 (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - E. Gattis 2 (13)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Chapman 3 (12)
      • SF - S. Piscotty (3)
      • RBI - M. Canha (21), S. Piscotty (24)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Canha (14)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Altuve-Correa-Gurriel)
      • E - C. Correa
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Olson-Semien; Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers (W, 8-3)7.05223503.831.1923.5
      C. McHugh0.21100101.200.90-0.5
      B. Peacock (H, 4)0.10000102.671.070.5
      K. Giles (S, 11)1.01000204.761.2410.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers (W, 8-3)7.0
      C. McHugh0.2
      B. Peacock (H, 4)0.1
      K. Giles (S, 11)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Mengden (L, 6-6)4.28664123.901.11-10.5
      D. Coulombe0.10000004.501.230.0
      C. Hatcher2.02001103.971.723.5
      S. Casilla1.00000103.181.103.5
      L. Hendriks1.02000107.942.651.5
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. McCullers (6)
      • HBP - C. McHugh 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 97-59, C. McHugh 21-15, B. Peacock 4-3, K. Giles 12-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 7-8, C. McHugh 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 28, C. McHugh 6, B. Peacock, K. Giles 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 79-48, D. Coulombe 4-3, C. Hatcher 31-17, S. Casilla 10-6, L. Hendriks 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 4-8, D. Coulombe 1-0, C. Hatcher 2-2
      • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 25, D. Coulombe, C. Hatcher 8, S. Casilla 3, L. Hendriks 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HOU43-25
      0400200006121
      OAK34-33
      110000010370
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF-RF40100121.294.368.513.8811.0
      A. Bregman 3B40100104.266.375.448.8232.0
      J. Altuve 2B50000013.336.381.462.843-0.5
      C. Correa SS42211101.268.352.478.8309.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B51200002.297.318.401.7194.0
      J. Reddick RF-LF42200103.230.331.392.7235.0
      E. Gattis DH41251002.239.300.467.76812.0
      B. McCann C30000102.215.309.339.6481.0
      T. Kemp LF40200011.294.380.412.7922.5
      J. Marisnick CF00000000.153.174.280.4530.0
      Total37612625419-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Fowler CF51200020.256.303.439.7422.0
        M. Semien SS50100001.259.310.369.6791.0
        J. Lowrie 2B41000023.280.346.459.8051.0
        K. Davis DH30000111.234.312.514.8260.5
        M. Olson 1B40000023.246.330.458.788-1.0
        M. Chapman 3B31300000.254.349.454.8038.0
        M. Canha LF30110102.250.320.442.7623.0
        S. Piscotty RF20010113.236.295.350.6441.5
        J. Lucroy C40000013.260.316.354.670-0.5
        Total3337203916-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Gurriel (16), E. Gattis (9), T. Kemp (5)
          • HR - C. Correa (11), E. Gattis (11)
          • RBI - C. Correa (40), E. Gattis 5 (37)
          • 2-Out RBI - E. Gattis 2 (13)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Chapman 3 (12)
          • SF - S. Piscotty (3)
          • RBI - M. Canha (21), S. Piscotty (24)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Canha (14)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Altuve-Correa-Gurriel)
          • E - C. Correa
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Olson-Semien; Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. McCullers (W, 8-3)7.05223503.831.1923.5
          C. McHugh0.21100101.200.90-0.5
          B. Peacock (H, 4)0.10000102.671.070.5
          K. Giles (S, 11)1.01000204.761.2410.0
          Total9.0732390---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. McCullers (W, 8-3)7.0
          C. McHugh0.2
          B. Peacock (H, 4)0.1
          K. Giles (S, 11)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Mengden (L, 6-6)4.28664123.901.11-10.5
          D. Coulombe0.10000004.501.230.0
          C. Hatcher2.02001103.971.723.5
          S. Casilla1.00000103.181.103.5
          L. Hendriks1.02000107.942.651.5
          Total9.01266542---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Mengden (L, 6-6)4.2
          D. Coulombe0.1
          C. Hatcher2.0
          S. Casilla1.0
          L. Hendriks1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. McCullers (6)
          • HBP - C. McHugh 2 (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 97-59, C. McHugh 21-15, B. Peacock 4-3, K. Giles 12-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 7-8, C. McHugh 1-1
          • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 28, C. McHugh 6, B. Peacock, K. Giles 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 79-48, D. Coulombe 4-3, C. Hatcher 31-17, S. Casilla 10-6, L. Hendriks 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 4-8, D. Coulombe 1-0, C. Hatcher 2-2
          • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 25, D. Coulombe, C. Hatcher 8, S. Casilla 3, L. Hendriks 5
          • 8TH INNING
            Canha singled to left, Lowrie scored, Davis to third, Chapman to second63
          • 5TH INNING
            Gattis doubled to left center, Correa and Reddick scored62
          • 2ND INNING
            Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to center, Chapman scored42
            Gattis homered to left, Gurriel and Reddick scored41
            Correa homered to left11
          • 1ST INNING
            Fowler scored, Davis to second on wild pitch01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Liam Hendriks relieved Santiago Casilla
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman singled to left
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
            • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Correa flied out to deep left
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel singled to center, Bregman to second
            • J. Reddick: Reddick popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ken Giles relieved Brad Peacock
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
            • D. Fowler: Fowler singled to left center
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien flied out to left
            • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Santiago Casilla relieved Chris Hatcher
            • B. McCann: McCann flied out to deep center
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Springer popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jake Marisnick in center field
            • Collin McHugh relieved Lance McCullers
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien flied out to right
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lowrie hit by pitch
            • K. Davis: Davis reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lowrie to second on shortstop Correa fielding error
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Chapman hit by pitch, Lowrie to third, Davis to second
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Canha singled to left, Lowrie scored, Davis to third, Chapman to second
            • Brad Peacock relieved Collin McHugh
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Hatcher Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa singled to shallow right center
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third, Correa to second
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick popped out to third
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis lined out to left
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to pitcher
            • D. Fowler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Chris Hatcher relieved Danny Coulombe
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kemp singled to left center
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked, Kemp to second
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Altuve grounded into double play third to second to first, Bregman out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to center
            • M. Olson: Olson grounded out to first
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chapman doubled to deep center
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Canha lined out to center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to second
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to left
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reddick singled to right, Correa to second
            • E. Gattis: Strike swinging, Ball, Gattis doubled to left center, Correa and Reddick scored
            • Danny Coulombe relieved Daniel Mengden
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, McCann grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Fowler lined out to center
            • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Semien flied out to deep right
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Reddick singled to right center
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gattis flied out to right
            • B. McCann: Strike looking, McCann fouled out to third
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Kemp doubled to right, Reddick to third
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Bregman popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Olson: Olson flied out to deep right
            • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Ball, Chapman doubled to deep left
            • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Canha walked
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked, Chapman to third, Canha to second
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Altuve flied out to deep right
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Correa grounded out to pitcher
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel lined out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Semien lined out to right
            • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Correa homered to left
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Foul, Gurriel doubled to left center
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
            • E. Gattis: Gattis homered to left, Gurriel and Reddick scored
            • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, McCann walked
            • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kemp grounded into double play first to shortstop, McCann out at second
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer singled to deep right center
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Chapman doubled to left
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha grounded out to shortstop, Chapman to third
            • S. Piscotty: Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to center, Chapman scored
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman flied out to deep center
            • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Fowler singled to right
            • M. Semien: Semien reached on an infield single to shortstop, Fowler to second
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Fowler to third, Semien out at second
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
            • M. Olson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Fowler scored, Davis to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)