Gattis does it again: 2 HRs, 5 RBIs in Astros 13-5 win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With the two best games of his career coming on consecutive days, designated hitter Evan Gattis has quickly transformed into the Astros' hottest hitter - and their current good luck charm.

He's got a franchise record to prove it, too.

Gattis hit two home runs, including the first of back-to-back shots with Marwin Gonzalez during a seven-run second inning, and the streaking Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 13-5 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win.

One night after homering and setting a career high with five RBIs, Gattis drove in five again, becoming the first player in franchise history to drive in five in consecutive games.

''It was fun to watch our guys respond to his continued damage at-bats,'' Houston manager AJ Hinch said. ''They're taking his helmet off and rubbing it all over themselves and they're trying to get as close to him as they can. They want whatever he's eating, whatever he's doing during the games.''

Jake Marisnick also homered, Carlos Correa had a two-run triple and Yuli Gurriel had three hits and three RBIs to help Gerrit Cole (8-1) win his sixth straight decision.

Gattis had a sacrifice fly in the first inning, hit a three-run home run off A's starter Paul Blackburn (1-1) in the second then went deep again with a solo blast off Emilio Pagan in the seventh. Gattis also walked in the eighth.

''He's white hot,'' Cole said. ''Just a great approach right now. He's obviously put the team on his back a little bit.''

Gattis' 10 RBIs in two games also ties an Astros record, but the big slugger wouldn't say he's necessarily locked in at the plate.

''It never feels like it,'' Gattis said. ''You're about to go hit a ball with a stick and you're going to get out 70 percent of the time. You have to enjoy the good stuff if you're going to get mad about the negatives in the game.''

Cole allowed a season-high four runs over six uneven innings, including two home runs, but benefited from the early cushion. The AL leader in strikeouts fanned six and yielded six hits with two walks.

That gives Houston three eight-game winners - Cole, Thursday's starter Justin Verlander (8-2) and Tuesday's winner Lance McCullers (8-3).

''Some undesirable results a couple times,'' Cole said. ''Fastball command wasn't poor but it wasn't as sharp.''

The defending World Series champs moved a season-high 19 games over .500. This is Houston's longest winning streak since taking seven in a row from Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2017.

Oakland outfielder Jake Smolinski became the first A's position player to pitch in a game since utility player Tyler Ladendorf on June 3, 2016. Smolinski allowed a leadoff double to Max Stassi and a two-run home run to Marisnick in the ninth, then retired the next three batters.

''The one thing you really want is don't get hurt and throw the ball over the middle of the plate, and he did exactly that,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''He was up for it. He's up for just about anything.''

Khris Davis homered twice for Oakland, his 18th and 19th of the season. Stephen Piscotty also went deep.

The Astros flexed their defensive muscle in the eighth after Matt Olson reached on an error. Marisnick made a leaping catch in center to rob Matt Chapman of a home run, then threw to second baseman Tony Kemp, who relayed to first to double up Olson.

QUICK EXIT

Blackburn retired only four batters and allowed eight runs before departing in the second.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Chapman made another handful of stellar defensive plays at third base, one night after getting hit in the left hand by a 92.3 mph fastball from Astros reliever Collin McHugh.

UP NEXT

Verlander (8-2, 2.58 ERA) makes his 15th start in the series finale for Houston on Thursday. Among qualifying pitchers, Verlander leads the majors in ERA and is second in innings pitched (93 1/3) and third in strikeouts (113). Right-hander Frankie Montas (3-0, 1.25) goes for Oakland.

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HOU44-25
37000010213141
OAK34-34
000301010570
  • W: G. Cole (8-1)L: P. Blackburn (1-1)
  • HR: HOU - M. Gonzalez (5), J. Marisnick (5), E. Gattis 2 (13), OAK - K. Davis 2 (19), S. Piscotty (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF51100111.293.367.507.8752.5
J. Altuve 2B32100203.336.385.461.8465.0
T. Kemp 2B10000000.290.375.406.7810.0
C. Correa SS42120221.268.356.482.8388.0
Y. Gurriel 1B51330011.304.325.406.7306.5
J. Reddick LF51100015.229.328.386.7131.5
E. Gattis DH32252110.246.308.503.81015.5
M. Gonzalez 3B41211112.240.310.375.6857.5
M. Stassi C51100013.256.331.487.8182.5
J. Marisnick CF42221110.164.190.320.51010.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fowler CF40000021.244.290.419.709-1.0
    M. Canha LF40000011.244.313.431.744-0.5
    J. Lowrie 2B40100001.280.345.460.8052.0
    K. Davis DH43322011.243.319.544.86313.5
    M. Olson 1B40000011.242.325.451.776-0.5
    M. Chapman 3B20000111.252.349.450.7990.5
    C. Pinder 3B10000001.236.302.409.7120.0
    M. Semien SS31100111.260.313.368.6812.5
    S. Piscotty RF41131032.237.294.362.6566.5
    J. Lucroy C20100000.262.318.355.6731.0
    a- J. Phegley PH-C20000020.111.111.222.333-1.0
    • a-struck out for Lucroy in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Stassi (9), J. Marisnick (4)
    • 3B - C. Correa
    • HR - E. Gattis 2 (13), M. Gonzalez (5), J. Marisnick (5)
    • SF - E. Gattis (3)
    • RBI - C. Correa 2 (42), Y. Gurriel 3 (27), E. Gattis 5 (42), M. Gonzalez (31), J. Marisnick 2 (14)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Lowrie (18)
    • HR - K. Davis 2 (19), S. Piscotty (4)
    • RBI - K. Davis 2 (48), S. Piscotty 3 (27)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty 3 (13)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - J. Marisnick
    • DP - (Marisnick-Kemp-Gurriel)
    • E - M. Gonzalez (3)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Lowrie-Semien-Olson)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Cole (W, 8-1)6.06442622.400.8816.0
    W. Harris1.00000304.501.334.5
    R. Guduan2.01110314.500.505.5
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Cole (W, 8-1)6.0
    W. Harris1.0
    R. Guduan2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    P. Blackburn (L, 1-1)1.188820011.051.77-20.0
    E. Pagan2.22220524.011.424.5
    L. Hendriks2.01001205.872.225.0
    D. Coulombe1.01113014.701.35-2.0
    C. Hatcher1.00002203.801.732.0
    J. Smolinski1.022200118.002.00-1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - G. Cole (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 99-64, W. Harris 13-9, R. Guduan 26-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 5-7, R. Guduan 1-2
    • Batters Faced - G. Cole 26, W. Harris 3, R. Guduan 7
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - P. Blackburn 47-24, E. Pagan 46-31, L. Hendriks 38-24, D. Coulombe 22-7, C. Hatcher 28-14, J. Smolinski 9-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Blackburn 2-2, L. Hendriks 2-2, D. Coulombe 1-1, C. Hatcher 1-0, J. Smolinski 2-1
    • Batters Faced - P. Blackburn 14, E. Pagan 10, L. Hendriks 8, D. Coulombe 6, C. Hatcher 5, J. Smolinski 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    HOU44-25
    37000010213141
    OAK34-34
    000301010570
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer RF51100111.293.367.507.8752.5
    J. Altuve 2B32100203.336.385.461.8465.0
    T. Kemp 2B10000000.290.375.406.7810.0
    C. Correa SS42120221.268.356.482.8388.0
    Y. Gurriel 1B51330011.304.325.406.7306.5
    J. Reddick LF51100015.229.328.386.7131.5
    E. Gattis DH32252110.246.308.503.81015.5
    M. Gonzalez 3B41211112.240.310.375.6857.5
    M. Stassi C51100013.256.331.487.8182.5
    J. Marisnick CF42221110.164.190.320.51010.5
    Total3913141348916-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Fowler CF40000021.244.290.419.709-1.0
      M. Canha LF40000011.244.313.431.744-0.5
      J. Lowrie 2B40100001.280.345.460.8052.0
      K. Davis DH43322011.243.319.544.86313.5
      M. Olson 1B40000011.242.325.451.776-0.5
      M. Chapman 3B20000111.252.349.450.7990.5
      C. Pinder 3B10000001.236.302.409.7120.0
      M. Semien SS31100111.260.313.368.6812.5
      S. Piscotty RF41131032.237.294.362.6566.5
      J. Lucroy C20100000.262.318.355.6731.0
      a- J. Phegley PH-C20000020.111.111.222.333-1.0
      Total34575321210-----
      • a-struck out for Lucroy in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Stassi (9), J. Marisnick (4)
      • 3B - C. Correa
      • HR - E. Gattis 2 (13), M. Gonzalez (5), J. Marisnick (5)
      • SF - E. Gattis (3)
      • RBI - C. Correa 2 (42), Y. Gurriel 3 (27), E. Gattis 5 (42), M. Gonzalez (31), J. Marisnick 2 (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Lowrie (18)
      • HR - K. Davis 2 (19), S. Piscotty (4)
      • RBI - K. Davis 2 (48), S. Piscotty 3 (27)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty 3 (13)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Marisnick
      • DP - (Marisnick-Kemp-Gurriel)
      • E - M. Gonzalez (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lowrie-Semien-Olson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Cole (W, 8-1)6.06442622.400.8816.0
      W. Harris1.00000304.501.334.5
      R. Guduan2.01110314.500.505.5
      Total9.07552123---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Cole (W, 8-1)6.0
      W. Harris1.0
      R. Guduan2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Blackburn (L, 1-1)1.188820011.051.77-20.0
      E. Pagan2.22220524.011.424.5
      L. Hendriks2.01001205.872.225.0
      D. Coulombe1.01113014.701.35-2.0
      C. Hatcher1.00002203.801.732.0
      J. Smolinski1.022200118.002.00-1.0
      Total9.0141313894---
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Blackburn (L, 1-1)1.1
      E. Pagan2.2
      L. Hendriks2.0
      D. Coulombe1.0
      C. Hatcher1.0
      J. Smolinski1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - G. Cole (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 99-64, W. Harris 13-9, R. Guduan 26-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 5-7, R. Guduan 1-2
      • Batters Faced - G. Cole 26, W. Harris 3, R. Guduan 7
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Blackburn 47-24, E. Pagan 46-31, L. Hendriks 38-24, D. Coulombe 22-7, C. Hatcher 28-14, J. Smolinski 9-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Blackburn 2-2, L. Hendriks 2-2, D. Coulombe 1-1, C. Hatcher 1-0, J. Smolinski 2-1
      • Batters Faced - P. Blackburn 14, E. Pagan 10, L. Hendriks 8, D. Coulombe 6, C. Hatcher 5, J. Smolinski 5
      • 9TH INNING
        Marisnick homered to left, Stassi scored135
      • 8TH INNING
        Davis homered to left115
      • 7TH INNING
        Gattis homered to left center114
      • 6TH INNING
        Davis homered to right104
      • 4TH INNING
        Piscotty homered to center, Davis and Semien scored103
      • 2ND INNING
        Gonzalez homered to center100
        Gattis homered to left center, Gurriel and Reddick scored90
        Gurriel singled to shallow left center, Correa scored60
        Correa tripled to deep left, Marisnick and Altuve scored50
      • 1ST INNING
        Gattis hit sacrifice fly to right, Correa scored30
        Gurriel singled to center, Springer and Altuve scored, Correa to third20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jake Smolinski relieved Chris Hatcher
        • M. Stassi: Stassi doubled to deep right center
        • J. Marisnick: Marisnick homered to left, Stassi scored
        • G. Springer: Springer grounded out to third
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to second
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Correa popped out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Guduan Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty struck out looking
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chris Hatcher relieved Danny Coulombe
        • Chad Pinder at third base
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Correa walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick reached on fielder's choice to second, Correa out at second
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gattis walked, Reddick to second
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Reymin Guduan relieved Will Harris
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Lowrie flied out to left
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Davis homered to left
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Olson safe at first on 3rd baseman Gonzalez fielding error
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Pinder flied into double play center to second to first, Olson out at first
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Danny Coulombe relieved Liam Hendriks
        • E. Gattis: Gattis homered to left center
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez walked
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Stassi lined out to center
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marisnick walked, Gonzalez to second
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked, Gonzalez to third, Marisnick to second
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Springer out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Will Harris relieved Gerrit Cole
        • Josh Phegley hit for Jonathan Lucroy
        • Tony Kemp at second base
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Canha struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • L. Hendriks Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to third
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Altuve walked
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike looking, Gurriel singled to shallow center, Altuve to second
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Davis homered to right
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Olson grounded out to first
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien fouled out to third
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Liam Hendriks relieved Emilio Pagan
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to left
        • M. Stassi: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Stassi grounded out to third
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Foul, Fowler flied out to left
        • M. Canha: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Canha grounded out to second
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie grounded bunt out to catcher
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • E. Pagan Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel popped out to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reddick flied out to right
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Ball, Davis reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Olson fouled out to pitcher
        • M. Chapman: Chapman popped out to second
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis to second on wild pitch, Ball, Semien walked
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty homered to center, Davis and Semien scored
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy popped out to second
        • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • E. Pagan Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Springer struck out on foul tip
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Altuve flied out to deep center
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Correa struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Lucroy singled to right
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Foul, Canha lined out to right
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lowrie grounded out to second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • P. Blackburn Pitching:
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick doubled to left
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer grounded out to third, Marisnick to third
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
        • C. Correa: Ball, Correa tripled to deep left, Marisnick and Altuve scored
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel singled to shallow left center, Correa scored
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick singled to right, Gurriel to second
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Paul Blackburn
        • E. Gattis: Foul, Foul, Gattis homered to left center, Gurriel and Reddick scored
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez homered to center
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (7 Runs, 6 Hits, 1 Error)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Semien singled to deep left
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • P. Blackburn Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer singled to shallow right
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Altuve reached on an infield single to third, Springer to second
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Correa walked, Springer to third, Altuve to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel singled to center, Springer and Altuve scored, Correa to third
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Reddick lined out to center
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gattis hit sacrifice fly to right, Correa scored
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez singled to center, Gurriel to second
        • M. Stassi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Stassi grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • G. Cole Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Fowler lined out to left
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Canha grounded out to second
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Foul, Lowrie doubled to deep right
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)