Brantley, Springer hit 2-run homers as Astros down A's 6-0

HOUSTON (AP) Astros manager AJ Hinch wasn't that concerned with the slump Michael Brantley was in early in his first season with Houston.

Still, it was nice to see him break out of it to help the Astros to a 6-0 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.

Brantley had two hits, including a two-run homer, and George Springer added a two-run shot of his own to power the Astros.

''Good for him and good for us,'' Hinch said. ''He's hitting in the middle of the order because of how good his at-bats are. ... The at-bats have been good, the results have not been great up until this point, but his demeanor has been the same. It doesn't surprise me that he got a pitch to hit and did some damage.''

Wade Miley (1-1) allowed four hits in 5 2/3 innings to win his home debut for Houston after losing his first start this season at Tampa Bay. Will Harris got the last out of the sixth and Josh James, Chris Devenski and Framber Valdez pitched one inning apiece to complete the six-hitter.

The Astros were up 1-0 with nobody out in the fifth when Springer launched a 90 mph fastball from Aaron Brooks (1-1) into the left field seats. Alex Bregman singled with one out before Brantley's homer sailed to the second deck in right to make it 5-0.

''It's important that we get out to good leads and the pitchers shut it down,'' Brantley said. ''It just makes everything smoother and lets the pitcher be more aggressive.''

Brantley, in his first year with the Astros after spending 10 seasons with the Indians, snapped an 0-for-13 skid and got his first hit in a week with a single to start the fourth. Yuli Gurriel's double with one out, over leaping third baseman Matt Chapman, scored Brantley to make it 1-0.

Gurriel also doubled in the second and eighth to give him a career-best three in the game.

Brooks yielded nine hits and five runs in five innings after pitching six scoreless innings during his first start this year in a win over Boston.

''I wasn't throwing a lot of strikes with the off speed so they could kind of eliminate pitches and sit on one,'' he said.

Robinson Chirinos added a solo homer in the sixth to help Houston win its second straight game after losing the previous two.

The Athletics went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base overall as they were shut out a night after losing 3-2 in the series opener.

''We're struggling a little bit,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''This can be a tough place for us sometimes. When you look at their staff, all the way down, it doesn't matter who they run out there.''

Miley didn't allow more than one runner in an inning until the fourth when Stephen Piscotty singled with no outs and Kendrys Morales walked with two outs. But the Athletics came away empty-handed when Mark Canha grounded out.

Miley was replaced after a single by Chad Pinder left runners on first and second with two outs in the sixth. Harris took over and struck out Morales to end the threat.

ASTROWORLD

Grammy-nominated rapper Travis Scott threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Scott, whose latest album was titled ''Astroworld,'' also released a limited-edition hat line with the Astros on Saturday. The hats, which feature the Astros' ''H'' logo came in navy, black and brown and featured stars drawn in his handwriting on the front and the words: ''Wish you were here,'' which was the name of his last tour, on the back.

The coveted New Era caps, which were available at the stadium for $40, sold out in a matter of minutes and were being offered on Ebay Saturday night for as much as $300.

His pitch wasn't quite as big of a hit as the caps, though, as it bounced wide right of the batter's box.

THEY SAID IT

Miley on his catcher: ''Chirinos was outstanding back there. He made me believe that I can get people out with changeups and curveballs, so that was fun. It was definitely fun working with him.''

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (2-1, 3.00 ERA), who threw a no-hitter for Houston in 2015, will pitch Sunday. Fiers has not allowed a run in his last two starts spanning 12 innings and got the win against the Red Sox in his last outing when he permitted five hits and struck out three in six innings.

Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (1-0, 1.35) is scheduled to start for Houston in the series finale after allowing two hits and one run in 6 2/3 innings to beat Texas his last time out.

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  • W: W. Miley (1-1)L: A. Brooks (1-1)
  • HR: HOU - R. Chirinos (1), M. Brantley (2), G. Springer (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Semien SS30000110.302.400.419.8190.5
M. Chapman 3B40000012.268.375.537.912-0.5
S. Piscotty RF30200100.289.385.489.8744.0
K. Davis DH40100003.222.300.556.8561.0
C. Pinder 2B40100012.233.250.400.6500.5
K. Morales 1B30100123.250.400.250.6501.0
M. Canha LF30100113.188.435.375.8101.5
R. Laureano CF40000003.238.256.405.6610.0
N. Hundley C40000012.130.130.130.261-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer DH41221000.324.385.588.9738.0
    J. Altuve 2B40000001.229.270.371.6420.0
    A. Bregman 3B41200000.290.389.419.8083.0
    M. Brantley LF42221001.219.265.438.7029.0
    C. Correa SS40000011.273.333.545.879-0.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40310000.303.361.455.8167.0
    J. Reddick RF40100012.333.360.333.6930.5
    R. Chirinos C31111103.200.333.450.7837.0
    J. Marisnick CF31000124.286.375.500.8751.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Piscotty (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman 2 (2), K. Davis, K. Morales 3 (3), M. Canha 2 (2), R. Laureano
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Gurriel 3 (5)
      • HR - G. Springer (3), M. Brantley (2), R. Chirinos
      • RBI - G. Springer 2 (7), M. Brantley 2 (6), Y. Gurriel, R. Chirinos (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, R. Chirinos, J. Marisnick 4 (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Semien-Pinder-Morales)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Valdez-Altuve-Gurriel)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Brooks (L, 1-1)5.09551224.091.18-4.0
      Y. Petit1.01110012.700.901.0
      L. Hendriks1.00000001.421.423.0
      R. Buchter1.01001202.702.102.0
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Brooks (L, 1-1)5.0
      Y. Petit1.0
      L. Hendriks1.0
      R. Buchter1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Miley (W, 1-1)5.24002402.311.2018.0
      W. Harris0.10000100.000.430.5
      J. James1.00002101.501.001.5
      C. Devenski1.01000103.001.332.5
      F. Valdez1.01000006.001.672.0
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Miley (W, 1-1)5.2
      W. Harris0.1
      J. James1.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      F. Valdez1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Brooks 91-61, Y. Petit 21-13, L. Hendriks 10-5, R. Buchter 22-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Brooks 3-9, Y. Petit 1-2, L. Hendriks 2-1, R. Buchter 1-0
      • Batters Faced - A. Brooks 24, Y. Petit 4, L. Hendriks 3, R. Buchter 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - W. Miley
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 95-56, W. Harris 5-3, J. James 23-11, C. Devenski 18-11, F. Valdez 9-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 8-5, J. James 1-1, F. Valdez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, W. Harris, J. James 5, C. Devenski 4, F. Valdez 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Semien SS30000110.302.400.419.8190.5
      M. Chapman 3B40000012.268.375.537.912-0.5
      S. Piscotty RF30200100.289.385.489.8744.0
      K. Davis DH40100003.222.300.556.8561.0
      C. Pinder 2B40100012.233.250.400.6500.5
      K. Morales 1B30100123.250.400.250.6501.0
      M. Canha LF30100113.188.435.375.8101.5
      R. Laureano CF40000003.238.256.405.6610.0
      N. Hundley C40000012.130.130.130.261-0.5
      Total3206004718-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer DH41221000.324.385.588.9738.0
        J. Altuve 2B40000001.229.270.371.6420.0
        A. Bregman 3B41200000.290.389.419.8083.0
        M. Brantley LF42221001.219.265.438.7029.0
        C. Correa SS40000011.273.333.545.879-0.5
        Y. Gurriel 1B40310000.303.361.455.8167.0
        J. Reddick RF40100012.333.360.333.6930.5
        R. Chirinos C31111103.200.333.450.7837.0
        J. Marisnick CF31000124.286.375.500.8751.0
        Total34611632412-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Piscotty (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman 2 (2), K. Davis, K. Morales 3 (3), M. Canha 2 (2), R. Laureano
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Gurriel 3 (5)
          • HR - G. Springer (3), M. Brantley (2), R. Chirinos
          • RBI - G. Springer 2 (7), M. Brantley 2 (6), Y. Gurriel, R. Chirinos (2)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, R. Chirinos, J. Marisnick 4 (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Semien-Pinder-Morales)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Valdez-Altuve-Gurriel)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Brooks (L, 1-1)5.09551224.091.18-4.0
          Y. Petit1.01110012.700.901.0
          L. Hendriks1.00000001.421.423.0
          R. Buchter1.01001202.702.102.0
          Total8.01166243---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Brooks (L, 1-1)5.0
          Y. Petit1.0
          L. Hendriks1.0
          R. Buchter1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          W. Miley (W, 1-1)5.24002402.311.2018.0
          W. Harris0.10000100.000.430.5
          J. James1.00002101.501.001.5
          C. Devenski1.01000103.001.332.5
          F. Valdez1.01000006.001.672.0
          Total9.0600470---
          PITCHERSIP
          W. Miley (W, 1-1)5.2
          W. Harris0.1
          J. James1.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          F. Valdez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Brooks 91-61, Y. Petit 21-13, L. Hendriks 10-5, R. Buchter 22-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Brooks 3-9, Y. Petit 1-2, L. Hendriks 2-1, R. Buchter 1-0
          • Batters Faced - A. Brooks 24, Y. Petit 4, L. Hendriks 3, R. Buchter 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - W. Miley
          • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 95-56, W. Harris 5-3, J. James 23-11, C. Devenski 18-11, F. Valdez 9-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 8-5, J. James 1-1, F. Valdez 1-1
          • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, W. Harris, J. James 5, C. Devenski 4, F. Valdez 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Chirinos homered to left06
          • 5TH INNING
            Brantley homered to right, Bregman scored05
            Springer homered to left, Marisnick scored03
          • 4TH INNING
            Gurriel doubled to deep left, Brantley scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Framber Valdez relieved Chris Devenski
            • M. Canha: Ball, Canha singled to center
            • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Laureano flied out to right
            • N. Hundley: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Hundley grounded out to second, Canha out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chris Devenski relieved Josh James
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty lined out to left
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis singled to deep left
            • C. Pinder: Pinder popped out to shortstop
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Morales struck out looking
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Buchter relieved Liam Hendriks
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa grounded out to pitcher
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel doubled to deep left
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Chirinos walked
            • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Josh James relieved Will Harris
            • M. Canha: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Canha walked
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Laureano flied out to deep left
            • N. Hundley: Hundley grounded out to second, Canha to second
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Liam Hendriks relieved Yusmeiro Petit
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve fouled out to first
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Chapman grounded out to second
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
            • K. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to center
            • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Pinder singled to center, Piscotty to second
            • Will Harris relieved Wade Miley
            • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Aaron Brooks
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Reddick lined out to left
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos homered to left
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Marisnick grounded out to first
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer flied out to deep right
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • R. Laureano: Laureano grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Hundley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
            • M. Semien: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Semien grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Brooks Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Marisnick walked
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Springer homered to left, Marisnick scored
            • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to center
            • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman reached on an infield single to second
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brantley homered to right, Bregman scored
            • C. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel lined out to left
            • End of the 5th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty singled to center
            • K. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Davis lined out to left
            • C. Pinder: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Piscotty to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
            • M. Canha: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Canha grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Brooks Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Brantley reached on bunt single to pitcher
            • C. Correa: Strike swinging, Correa popped out to shortstop
            • Y. Gurriel: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Gurriel doubled to deep left, Brantley scored
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick grounded out to first, Gurriel to third
            • R. Chirinos: Chirinos flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Hundley flied out to deep right
            • M. Semien: Ball, Semien grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Chapman grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Brooks Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer flied out to deep right
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve flied out to deep left
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bregman lined out to left
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pinder grounded out to shortstop
            • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales singled to left
            • M. Canha: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Laureano popped out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Brooks Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa flied out to left
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel doubled to deep left
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Reddick reached on an infield single to second, Gurriel to third
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Chirinos popped out to second
            • J. Marisnick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Chapman grounded out to third
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty doubled to left center
            • K. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Brooks Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Springer singled to right center
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to second, Springer out at second
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bregman reached on an infield single to second
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)