Alex Bregman's grand slam highlights Astros slugfest

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Collin McHugh has had a few close calls on the mound - nothing like this line drive he somehow dodged with an acrobatic maneuver that allowed the Astros to turn a nifty double play behind him.

The ball hit by Kendrys Morales in the second inning of Houston's 9-1 win against the Athletics on Tuesday night skimmed in front of McHugh's face as his body bent backward and went parallel to the ground, reminiscent to the old Limbo dance. The ball touched the tip of the pitcher's ring finger, a much better option than his head or jaw - ''probably the best place it could have hit me.''

''I saw the ball come off the bat but I was in a weird fielding position so I kind of like whiffed on it with my glove and then by that time I was just already falling over so it was like, I just kept going and the ball just kept tracking,'' McHugh said. ''It would have tested how strong my jaw is for sure. Thankfully we were able to get a double play out of it. Routine, just how you draw it up. ... I don't know if it gets much closer than that.''

Alex Bregman hit a grand slam and Josh Reddick connected for a two-run homer against his former team in the Astros' majors-best 10th straight win.

Bregman's second career grand slam gave McHugh (3-1) all the run support he needed on the way to winning his third straight start. Bregman's other slam came May 14, 2017, at the Yankees.

''I'm hitting the softest .300 in baseball,'' Bregman said. ''I need to start driving the baseball. It was a step in the right direction today.''

McHugh allowed two hits over six scoreless innings, struck out five and walked two. The A's avoided the shutout, getting a sacrifice fly from Morales in the ninth against Reymin Guduan.

George Springer opened the game with a full-count drive. Reddick connected in the second inning following Yuli Gurriel's single for his first home run of the season.

''It's always fun to come back, and to see how much I get booed,'' Reddick, with the A's from 2012-16, said before the game.

Springer also had a leadoff homer April 1 at Texas. He drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth that made it 4-0 before Bregman doubled that score.

A's starter Marco Estrada (0-2) saw his career-high losing streak reach seven after losing his final five decisions of 2018 with Toronto.

''That was really bad. I brought my worst game to a very good lineup,'' Estrada said. ''Obviously that's not going to cut it. Can't go out there with missing the spots like I was today. Just not going to work against anybody.''

Reddick finished with three hits as Houston improved to 4-0 against the A's so far. The Astros have won eight of 10 in Oakland - and their 7-2 mark in 2018 at the Coliseum was the A's worst home record in the rivalry for one season.

Estrada fell behind from the start on a night Nick Hundley earned a rare start catching the right-hander despite starter Josh Phegley's hot bat. Phegley, with his nine-game hitting streak, will be back in the lineup Wednesday.

A BREAK AT LAST

The A's whirlwind opening stretch has finally gotten a little easier. After opening the season in Japan last month and returning home, they just had their first true off day Monday following what was supposed to be 18 straight games before Saturday's rainout at Texas. Oakland gets another day off Thursday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: 1B Matt Olson, injured in the Japan series and nearing the one-month mark since undergoing right hand surgery, took his first swings with a fungo bat. The next progression in his rehab will be using a regular bat, followed by hitting off a tee. ''It'll be a progression from this point, soft toss and tee, but I think we're right on schedule with him,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''I know he's pretty eager to start swinging a bat and face some pitching, but it's going to be a little bit more time before we do that.'' ... OF Nick Martini (sprained right knee) is doing baseball activities and will begin taking more live batting practice on the field.

SAFE HAVEN

With April as World Autism Month, the A's on Tuesday unveiled a sensory room in one of the center-field suites. The quiet, peaceful space provides fans of all ages with autism, Down syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, dementia or other conditions a calming and soothing spot where they can deal with sensory issues.

UP NEXT

Astros: LHP Wade Miley (1-1, 3.45 ERA) is 5-1 with a 1.40 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 17 walks in six career starts vs. the A's.

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (2-1, 3.18) took the loss April 5 at Houston, but is coming off a 10-3 win at Baltimore last Wednesday.

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  • W: C. McHugh (3-1)L: M. Estrada (0-2)
  • HR: HOU - J. Reddick (1), G. Springer (5), A. Bregman (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF-RF42121213.265.346.515.8619.5
J. Altuve 2B30100123.328.378.6721.0501.0
a- A. Diaz PH-2B10000013.217.250.478.728-0.5
A. Bregman 3B-SS51141005.302.397.472.8699.0
M. Brantley LF30100002.297.357.438.7952.0
T. Kemp LF10000000.200.333.320.6530.0
C. Correa SS40000004.288.373.500.8730.0
b- J. Marisnick PH-CF10000010.333.400.519.919-0.5
Y. Gurriel 1B-3B43200100.295.343.492.8356.0
J. Reddick RF-1B52321010.319.360.404.7649.5
T. White DH20000312.241.371.276.6472.5
R. Chirinos C21010101.250.378.556.9334.0
HITTERSAB
G. Springer CF-RF4
J. Altuve 2B3
a- A. Diaz PH-2B1
A. Bregman 3B-SS5
M. Brantley LF3
T. Kemp LF1
C. Correa SS4
b- J. Marisnick PH-CF1
Y. Gurriel 1B-3B4
J. Reddick RF-1B5
T. White DH2
R. Chirinos C2
  • a-struck out for Altuve in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Correa in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Grossman LF40000022.245.310.340.650-1.0
M. Semien SS31000101.325.391.519.9102.0
M. Chapman 3B20000000.286.367.557.9240.0
c- C. Pinder PH-3B20100010.315.333.556.8890.5
K. Davis DH20100010.270.316.6891.0060.5
d- M. Canha PH-DH10100000.231.459.462.9212.0
K. Morales 1B30010002.200.302.267.5691.0
S. Piscotty RF30100123.240.321.427.7481.0
J. Profar 2B40000014.181.231.319.550-0.5
R. Laureano CF10000200.254.296.403.6992.0
N. Hundley C30000022.103.133.103.237-1.0
  • c-singled for Chapman in the 7th
  • d-singled for Davis in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - G. Springer (5), A. Bregman (2), J. Reddick
  • SF - R. Chirinos
  • RBI - G. Springer 2 (14), A. Bregman 4 (7), J. Reddick 2 (2), R. Chirinos (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 4 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer (8), A. Bregman 2 (2)
BATTING
  • SF - K. Morales
  • RBI - K. Morales (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Piscotty (4), J. Profar (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. McHugh (W, 3-1)6.02002501.960.8326.5
J. James2.00001306.301.306.5
R. Guduan0.121110027.009.00-4.0
C. Devenski0.20000103.001.500.5
PITCHERSIP
C. McHugh (W, 3-1)6.0
J. James2.0
R. Guduan0.1
C. Devenski0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Estrada (L, 0-2)3.15773126.851.31-10.5
L. Hendriks1.21112311.691.220.5
F. Rodney1.010001010.292.572.5
R. Buchter1.02112106.002.33-1.5
Y. Petit1.00000102.000.673.5
J. Soria1.00001009.722.042.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. McHugh 89-52, J. James 29-18, R. Guduan 16-7, C. Devenski 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. McHugh 6-1, J. James 1-2, R. Guduan 2-1, C. Devenski 0-1
  • Batters Faced - C. McHugh 20, J. James 8, R. Guduan 4, C. Devenski 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 69-39, L. Hendriks 41-22, F. Rodney 17-10, R. Buchter 30-15, Y. Petit 12-7, J. Soria 18-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 2-7, L. Hendriks 1-1, R. Buchter 1-1, Y. Petit 0-1, J. Soria 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 19, L. Hendriks 9, F. Rodney 4, R. Buchter 7, Y. Petit 3, J. Soria 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF-RF42121213.265.346.515.8619.5
J. Altuve 2B30100123.328.378.6721.0501.0
a- A. Diaz PH-2B10000013.217.250.478.728-0.5
A. Bregman 3B-SS51141005.302.397.472.8699.0
M. Brantley LF30100002.297.357.438.7952.0
T. Kemp LF10000000.200.333.320.6530.0
C. Correa SS40000004.288.373.500.8730.0
b- J. Marisnick PH-CF10000010.333.400.519.919-0.5
Y. Gurriel 1B-3B43200100.295.343.492.8356.0
J. Reddick RF-1B52321010.319.360.404.7649.5
T. White DH20000312.241.371.276.6472.5
R. Chirinos C21010101.250.378.556.9334.0
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HITTERSAB
G. Springer CF-RF4
J. Altuve 2B3
a- A. Diaz PH-2B1
A. Bregman 3B-SS5
M. Brantley LF3
T. Kemp LF1
C. Correa SS4
b- J. Marisnick PH-CF1
Y. Gurriel 1B-3B4
J. Reddick RF-1B5
T. White DH2
R. Chirinos C2
Total35
  • a-struck out for Altuve in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Correa in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Grossman LF40000022.245.310.340.650-1.0
M. Semien SS31000101.325.391.519.9102.0
M. Chapman 3B20000000.286.367.557.9240.0
c- C. Pinder PH-3B20100010.315.333.556.8890.5
K. Davis DH20100010.270.316.6891.0060.5
d- M. Canha PH-DH10100000.231.459.462.9212.0
K. Morales 1B30010002.200.302.267.5691.0
S. Piscotty RF30100123.240.321.427.7481.0
J. Profar 2B40000014.181.231.319.550-0.5
R. Laureano CF10000200.254.296.403.6992.0
N. Hundley C30000022.103.133.103.237-1.0
Total2814104914-----
HITTERSAB
R. Grossman LF4
M. Semien SS3
M. Chapman 3B2
c- C. Pinder PH-3B2
K. Davis DH2
d- M. Canha PH-DH1
K. Morales 1B3
S. Piscotty RF3
J. Profar 2B4
R. Laureano CF1
N. Hundley C3
Total28
  • c-singled for Chapman in the 7th
  • d-singled for Davis in the 7th
BATTING
  • HR - G. Springer (5), A. Bregman (2), J. Reddick
  • SF - R. Chirinos
  • RBI - G. Springer 2 (14), A. Bregman 4 (7), J. Reddick 2 (2), R. Chirinos (6)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 4 (6)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer (8), A. Bregman 2 (2)
BATTING
  • SF - K. Morales
  • RBI - K. Morales (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Piscotty (4), J. Profar (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. McHugh (W, 3-1)6.02002501.960.8326.5
J. James2.00001306.301.306.5
R. Guduan0.121110027.009.00-4.0
C. Devenski0.20000103.001.500.5
Total9.0411490---
PITCHERSIP
C. McHugh (W, 3-1)6.0
J. James2.0
R. Guduan0.1
C. Devenski0.2
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Estrada (L, 0-2)3.15773126.851.31-10.5
L. Hendriks1.21112311.691.220.5
F. Rodney1.010001010.292.572.5
R. Buchter1.02112106.002.33-1.5
Y. Petit1.00000102.000.673.5
J. Soria1.00001009.722.042.0
Total9.0999873---
PITCHERSIP
M. Estrada (L, 0-2)3.1
L. Hendriks1.2
F. Rodney1.0
R. Buchter1.0
Y. Petit1.0
J. Soria1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. McHugh 89-52, J. James 29-18, R. Guduan 16-7, C. Devenski 7-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. McHugh 6-1, J. James 1-2, R. Guduan 2-1, C. Devenski 0-1
  • Batters Faced - C. McHugh 20, J. James 8, R. Guduan 4, C. Devenski 2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 69-39, L. Hendriks 41-22, F. Rodney 17-10, R. Buchter 30-15, Y. Petit 12-7, J. Soria 18-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Estrada 2-7, L. Hendriks 1-1, R. Buchter 1-1, Y. Petit 0-1, J. Soria 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 19, L. Hendriks 9, F. Rodney 4, R. Buchter 7, Y. Petit 3, J. Soria 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Morales hit sacrifice fly to right, Semien scored91
  • 7TH INNING
    Chirinos hit sacrifice fly to right, Gurriel scored, Reddick to third90
  • 4TH INNING
    Bregman homered to left center, Reddick, Chirinos and Springer scored80
    Springer walked, Gurriel scored, Reddick to third, Chirinos to second40
  • 2ND INNING
    Reddick homered to right, Gurriel scored30
  • 1ST INNING
    Springer homered to left10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Joakim Soria relieved Yusmeiro Petit
    • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Reddick lined out to shortstop
    • T. White: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, White walked
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos flied out to center
    • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Reymin Guduan relieved Josh James
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
    • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Pinder singled to left, Semien to second
    • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Canha singled to left, Semien to third, Pinder to second
    • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Morales hit sacrifice fly to right, Semien scored
    • Chris Devenski relieved Reymin Guduan
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
    • J. Profar: Profar fouled out to left
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Ryan Buchter
    • T. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp flied out to deep left
    • Jake Marisnick hit for Carlos Correa
    • J. Marisnick: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Gurriel lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. James Pitching:
    • J. Profar: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Profar flied out to right
    • R. Laureano: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Laureano walked
    • N. Hundley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Hundley struck out looking
    • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Grossman grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Ryan Buchter relieved Fernando Rodney
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gurriel singled to right
    • J. Reddick: Foul, Reddick singled to center, Gurriel to second
    • T. White: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, White walked, Gurriel to third, Reddick to second
    • R. Chirinos: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Chirinos hit sacrifice fly to right, Gurriel scored, Reddick to third
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked, White to second
    • Aledmys Diaz hit for Jose Altuve
    • A. Diaz: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Diaz struck out swinging
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded into fielder's choice to third, White out at third
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Josh James relieved Collin McHugh
    • Tony Kemp in left field
    • Chad Pinder hit for Matt Chapman
    • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
    • Mark Canha hit for Khris Davis
    • M. Canha: Ball, Canha hit by pitch
    • K. Morales: Morales flied out to left
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Fernando Rodney relieved Liam Hendriks
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Altuve struck out on foul tip
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman fouled out to first
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brantley singled to center
    • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa lined out to left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. McHugh Pitching:
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Laureano walked
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Hundley popped out to shortstop
    • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien fouled out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Hendriks Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel popped out to second
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
    • T. White: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, White walked
    • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos walked, White to second
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. McHugh Pitching:
    • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales flied out to left
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
    • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Profar grounded out to shortstop, Piscotty out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Estrada Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel walked
    • J. Reddick: Foul, Reddick singled to left, Gurriel to second
    • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
    • R. Chirinos: Ball, Chirinos hit by pitch, Gurriel to third, Reddick to second
    • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer walked, Gurriel scored, Reddick to third, Chirinos to second
    • Liam Hendriks relieved Marco Estrada
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
    • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Bregman homered to left center, Reddick, Chirinos and Springer scored
    • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley hit by pitch
    • C. Correa: Foul, Ball, Correa grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Brantley out at second
    • Middle of the 4th (5 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. McHugh Pitching:
    • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Semien grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chapman grounded out to third
    • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Estrada Pitching:
    • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Altuve singled to left
    • A. Bregman: Bregman lined out to left
    • M. Brantley: Brantley flied out to left
    • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Correa popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. McHugh Pitching:
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Laureano popped out to first
    • N. Hundley: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Estrada Pitching:
    • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel reached on an infield single to third
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick homered to right, Gurriel scored
    • T. White: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, White flied out to left
    • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Chirinos flied out to left
    • G. Springer: Springer lined out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. McHugh Pitching:
    • K. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Davis singled to left
    • K. Morales: Strike looking, Morales grounded out to shortstop, Davis out at second
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Piscotty singled to left
    • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Estrada Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer homered to left
    • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bregman fouled out to left
    • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Brantley fouled out to third
    • C. Correa: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Correa fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. McHugh Pitching:
    • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Grossman grounded out to third
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Semien grounded out to third
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman popped out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)