A's hold off Houston 7-6 in a home run derby with 10 homers

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Bob Melvin walked in after the game and had a little fun, ''Coors Field tonight, huh?'' Oakland's manager joked.

It sure felt like it the way balls were flying out.

Matt Chapman hit two home runs for the second straight day, connecting for the tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning to lead theAthletics past the Houston Astros in a 7-6 home run derby of sorts Thursday night.

The teams combined for a Coliseum record 10 home runs, five by each team. Four players hit two home runs: Chapman and teammate Matt Olson along with Houston's Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa. Since 1908, it marked the fifth time in major league history four players hit at least two home runs, with Minnesota and Baltimore also doing so on April 20 this year.

''That was pretty cool. I've never seen the ball carry like that here. It was like we were playing on a normal park,'' Chapman said. ''That was a rarity. I've never seen this park play like that. Usually it's pretty cold here and the ball doesn't travel, but that was nice.''

The 10 homers topped the previous record of eight combined for the run-down venue also home to the NFL's Oakland Raiders. The A's and Astros were the last to total eight together, on Aug. 19, 2018.

With the game tied at 6, Chapman led off the eighth with a homer off Chris Devenski (2-2). Chapman recorded his fourth career two-homer game a day after hitting two against Giants. Liam Hendriks kept the Astros from clearing the fences in the ninth for his 14th save.

''They hit the most important one at the right time,'' Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. ''We hit some big ones. It was a little bit of 2019 home run derby with the ball flying out of the ballpark everywhere.''

Olson hit a three-run homer and solo shot. Correa homered leading off the fifth and seventh innings for Houston, the second giving him 100 for his career. Brantley hit solo drives in the sixth and eighth innings, tying the game with the second.

Olson notched his sixth career multihomer game and second this year on an uncharacteristically hot night when each starting pitcher surrendered four home runs. Chapman hit a tiebreaking homer estimated at 453 feet leading off the sixth before Olson's second of the night and No. 25 of the season.

Corban Joseph connected for his first major league homer in the fourth after first-pitch temperature read 82 degrees.

Alex Bregman hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth to put Houston ahead only for Olson to answer in the bottom half. Joseph hit the first pitch from Aaron Sanchez for his first home run three batters later.

Fiers started the game with a walk to George Springer then retired the next 10 Astros batters in order before Brantley's two-out single in the fourth for the first Houston hit then Bregman followed with his 29th homer.

Brantley homered to tie the game in the sixth before the slugging Matts did their thing for the A's.

Fiers allowed six hits and five earned runs pitching into the seventh, matching his career high surrendering four homers. He has won nine straight decisions and is unbeaten over 18 starts since pitching his no-hitter against the Reds on May 7. The right-hander has no-decisions in each of his four starts against his former Astros club this season.

''Guys were swinging,'' he said. ''There were no cheap homers.''

Sanchez worked 5 1/3 innings in his third start since joining the Astros from Toronto at the trade deadline. He gave up six runs on seven hits.

Even with the loss, Houston (78-44) owns the best 122-game record in franchise history, topping the 1998 club that was 75-47.

Jake Diekman (1-6) recorded the last out of the eighth for his first victory with Oakland.

SWEET REUNION

A's first base coach Al Pedrique was instrumental as an Astros special assistant in 2007 when he helped convince the Houston front office to sign Venezuelan countryman Jose Altuve at age 16.

All these years later, they sat in the Astros dugout before the series opener catching up and sharing some laughs and smiles.

Altuve worked out just fine, all right.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Mark Canha, who was filling in at CF with Ramon Laureano hurt, hit his left hand on the wall Wednesday at San Francisco and missed Thursday. Melvin hoped he would be back in the lineup Friday night if the soreness had subsided. Chad Pinder started in center. ... LHP Sean Manaea will pitch again Sunday for Triple-A Las Vegas as he nears closer to returning for the first time since having shoulder surgery last September. Manaea, who also experienced some soreness in his right side during a June simulated game, struck out 10 over 5 2/3 innings for the victory with Las Vegas at Omaha on Tuesday. ... RHP Marco Estrada, on the 60-day injured list with a lower back strain, is set to work four innings and about 65 pitches Friday for Las Vegas in his rehab. ... LHP prospect Jesus Luzardo, back after being sidelined by a strained pitching shoulder, allowed six hits and five runs - four earned - in 3 1/3 innings for Las Vegas on Thursday night.

UP NEXT

RHP Justin Verlander (15-4, 2.82 ERA) pitches for the Astros looking to win his sixth straight decision over seven starts while the A's counter with RHP Tanner Roark (7-8, 4.06) in his third start since being acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline.

---

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports

Copyright 2019 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
HOU78-44
000211110670
OAK69-52
00040201X780
  • W: J. Diekman (1-6)L: C. Devenski (2-2)S: L. Hendriks (14)
  • HR: HOU - M. Brantley 2 (18), C. Correa 2 (19), A. Bregman (29), OAK - C. Joseph (1), M. Olson 2 (25), M. Chapman 2 (29)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF30000102.295.380.581.9611.0
J. Altuve 2B40000011.303.364.555.919-0.5
M. Brantley LF43322000.332.389.540.93014.0
A. Bregman 3B41121000.277.405.554.9597.0
Y. Alvarez DH40000010.332.414.6791.093-0.5
C. Correa SS42222000.290.366.579.94512.0
Y. Gurriel 1B30100100.306.343.555.8982.0
R. Chirinos C40000012.229.345.417.762-0.5
J. Reddick RF30000002.266.307.387.6940.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS40000001.270.355.467.8220.0
    R. Grossman LF41100010.251.348.372.7192.5
    M. Chapman 3B43322001.260.343.533.87614.0
    M. Olson 1B42242011.260.345.538.88313.5
    K. Davis DH40000010.227.300.389.689-0.5
    S. Piscotty RF30000110.249.313.408.7220.5
    C. Joseph 2B31211000.429.375.8571.2327.0
    C. Pinder CF30000012.250.296.445.741-0.5
    C. Herrmann C20000110.209.293.299.5920.5
    D. Garneau C00000000.244.350.407.7570.0
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Brantley 2 (18), A. Bregman (29), C. Correa 2 (19)
      • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (74), A. Bregman 2 (79), C. Correa 2 (55)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 2 (37)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Grossman (19)
      • HR - M. Chapman 2 (29), M. Olson 2 (25), C. Joseph
      • RBI - M. Chapman 2 (69), M. Olson 4 (58), C. Joseph (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Joseph
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel; Altuve-Correa)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Semien-Joseph-Olson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Sanchez5.17662345.791.601.5
      H. Rondon1.20000003.721.303.0
      C. Devenski (L, 2-2)1.01110314.421.29-2.5
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Sanchez5.1
      H. Rondon1.2
      C. Devenski (L, 2-2)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers6.06551343.461.117.5
      Y. Petit (H, 22)1.00001002.600.852.0
      B. Treinen (BS, 3)0.21110014.861.56-2.0
      J. Diekman (W, 1-6)0.10000004.861.407.0
      L. Hendriks (S, 14)1.00000001.541.0110.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers6.0
      Y. Petit (H, 22)1.0
      B. Treinen (BS, 3)0.2
      J. Diekman (W, 1-6)0.1
      L. Hendriks (S, 14)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 86-51, H. Rondon 18-11, C. Devenski 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-6, H. Rondon 2-2
      • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, H. Rondon 4, C. Devenski 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 87-59, Y. Petit 14-8, B. Treinen 12-10, J. Diekman 2-2, L. Hendriks 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 8-6, Y. Petit 1-2, J. Diekman 1-0, L. Hendriks 1-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 24, Y. Petit 4, B. Treinen 3, J. Diekman, L. Hendriks 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      HOU78-44
      000211110670
      OAK69-52
      00040201X780
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF30000102.295.380.581.9611.0
      J. Altuve 2B40000011.303.364.555.919-0.5
      M. Brantley LF43322000.332.389.540.93014.0
      A. Bregman 3B41121000.277.405.554.9597.0
      Y. Alvarez DH40000010.332.414.6791.093-0.5
      C. Correa SS42222000.290.366.579.94512.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B30100100.306.343.555.8982.0
      R. Chirinos C40000012.229.345.417.762-0.5
      J. Reddick RF30000002.266.307.387.6940.0
      Total336765237-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Semien SS40000001.270.355.467.8220.0
        R. Grossman LF41100010.251.348.372.7192.5
        M. Chapman 3B43322001.260.343.533.87614.0
        M. Olson 1B42242011.260.345.538.88313.5
        K. Davis DH40000010.227.300.389.689-0.5
        S. Piscotty RF30000110.249.313.408.7220.5
        C. Joseph 2B31211000.429.375.8571.2327.0
        C. Pinder CF30000012.250.296.445.741-0.5
        C. Herrmann C20000110.209.293.299.5920.5
        D. Garneau C00000000.244.350.407.7570.0
        Total317875265-----
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Brantley 2 (18), A. Bregman (29), C. Correa 2 (19)
          • RBI - M. Brantley 2 (74), A. Bregman 2 (79), C. Correa 2 (55)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 2 (37)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Grossman (19)
          • HR - M. Chapman 2 (29), M. Olson 2 (25), C. Joseph
          • RBI - M. Chapman 2 (69), M. Olson 4 (58), C. Joseph (2)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Joseph
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel; Altuve-Correa)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Semien-Joseph-Olson)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          A. Sanchez5.17662345.791.601.5
          H. Rondon1.20000003.721.303.0
          C. Devenski (L, 2-2)1.01110314.421.29-2.5
          Total8.0877265---
          PITCHERSIP
          A. Sanchez5.1
          H. Rondon1.2
          C. Devenski (L, 2-2)1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers6.06551343.461.117.5
          Y. Petit (H, 22)1.00001002.600.852.0
          B. Treinen (BS, 3)0.21110014.861.56-2.0
          J. Diekman (W, 1-6)0.10000004.861.407.0
          L. Hendriks (S, 14)1.00000001.541.0110.0
          Total9.0766235---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers6.0
          Y. Petit (H, 22)1.0
          B. Treinen (BS, 3)0.2
          J. Diekman (W, 1-6)0.1
          L. Hendriks (S, 14)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - A. Sanchez 86-51, H. Rondon 18-11, C. Devenski 16-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Sanchez 7-6, H. Rondon 2-2
          • Batters Faced - A. Sanchez 25, H. Rondon 4, C. Devenski 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 87-59, Y. Petit 14-8, B. Treinen 12-10, J. Diekman 2-2, L. Hendriks 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 8-6, Y. Petit 1-2, J. Diekman 1-0, L. Hendriks 1-2
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 24, Y. Petit 4, B. Treinen 3, J. Diekman, L. Hendriks 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Chapman homered to left67
            Brantley homered to right66
          • 7TH INNING
            Correa homered to left center56
          • 6TH INNING
            Olson homered to right46
            Chapman homered to left center45
            Brantley homered to center44
          • 5TH INNING
            Correa homered to center34
          • 4TH INNING
            Joseph homered to center24
            Olson homered to left center, Grossman and Chapman scored23
            Bregman homered to left, Brantley scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Liam Hendriks relieved Jake Diekman
            • Dustin Garneau catching
            • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa flied out to right
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Gurriel lined out to left
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Blake Treinen relieved Yusmeiro Petit
            • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to right
            • M. Brantley: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Brantley homered to right
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bregman popped out to first
            • Jake Diekman relieved Blake Treinen
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike swinging, Alvarez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Devenski relieved Hector Rondon
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Chapman homered to left
            • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Correa homered to left center
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Mike Fiers
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel walked
            • R. Chirinos: Pickoff attempt, Chirinos popped out to shortstop
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Reddick fouled out to third
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gurriel out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • H. Rondon Pitching:
            • C. Herrmann: Strike looking, Herrmann grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Semien grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Grossman flied out to deep center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley homered to center
            • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to third
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman homered to left center
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Olson homered to right
            • K. Davis: Davis flied out to center
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
            • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph singled to left, Piscotty to second
            • Hector Rondon relieved Aaron Sanchez
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Pinder lined into double play second to shortstop, Piscotty out at second
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Correa homered to center
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gurriel singled to center
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick lined out to center
            • G. Springer: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Springer flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • C. Herrmann: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Herrmann walked
            • M. Semien: Semien grounded into double play third to second to first, Herrmann out at second
            • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Springer grounded out to third
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Altuve struck out looking
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brantley singled to deep center
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Bregman homered to left, Brantley scored
            • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Grossman doubled to deep center
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman reached on fielder's choice to pitcher
            • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Olson homered to left center, Grossman and Chapman scored
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to deep center
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty grounded out to third
            • C. Joseph: Joseph homered to center
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pinder grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Gurriel flied out to center
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Foul, Chirinos lined out to center
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • C. Herrmann: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Herrmann struck out swinging
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien lined out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Foul, Alvarez popped out to third
            • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Correa lined out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty lined out to right
            • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Springer out at second
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Sanchez Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Foul, Semien flied out to center
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Grossman lined out to right
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Chapman singled to right
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)