Astros hit MLB-record 6 HRs in 2 innings, beat A's 15-0

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros showed how powerful their lineup can be for a second straight game.

Zack Greinke struck out five in six strong innings, Robinson Chirinos and Yordan Alvarez each homered twice as Houston hit a major league-record six home runs in the first two innings, and the high-scoring Astros routed the Oakland Athletics 15-0 Monday night for their fifth straight victory.

Monday's offensive outburst, combined with Sunday's 21-1 win over Seattle, helped the Astros set a franchise record for runs scored in consecutive games with 36.

''We were just incredibly explosive again tonight in a game that had a really good feel in the beginning,'' Houston manager AJ Hinch said. ''We ambushed Mike (Fiers). I don't know how to describe it. We came out locked in and did a ton of damage. He made some mistakes, and we didn't let him get away with really any of them.''

Helped by six of their seven total homers, Houston raced to an 11-0 lead after two innings. The seven shots matched a franchise record for homers in a game set Sept. 9, 2000, against the Chicago Cubs.

Chirinos capped the first with a two-run homer and hit a three-run shot in the seventh. He added an RBI single in a five-run second inning.

''It's really special when you see a team put up that many runs in back-to-back games,'' Chirinos said. ''It says a lot about the approach and the talent we have on this team.''

Alex Bregman started the offensive display with a three-run homer, and Alvarez followed with a solo shot into the second deck in right field.

Alvarez hit his second solo shot into the third deck in right field in the second inning. Alvarez has 24 home runs, an Astros' rookie record, and has 72 RBIs in his first 71 games, which is tied for second-most in major league history with Ted Williams (1939) and Rudy York (1937), and trailing Walt Dropo's 80 (1949-50).

''We thought this guy was going to be very impactful, but this is beyond belief or anything that people could have expected,'' Hinch said. ''He's doing historic things in a middle of a lineup. He's completely comfortable in the big leagues. . It's incredible to see the production.''

Jose Altuve hit a two-run homer to left to start the scoring in the second, and Michael Brantley followed with a solo blast to right that chased Mike Fiers (14-4). Brantley's homer was his 21st, a career high.

The Astros extended their lead over Oakland to 10 1/2 games in the AL West. They remain tied with the New York Yankees for the best record in the majors.

Greinke (15-5) retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced. He allowed just two hits and didn't walk a batter.

Houston's offensive exploits spoiled Fiers' try at a piece of A's history. The right-hander had won 12 straight decisions and was bidding to match Hall of Famer Catfish Hunter's run in 1973 for the best since the club moved to the Bay Area.

''I feel like I didn't make the pitches I needed to make, and that's what happens when you don't make them,'' Fiers said. ''They weren't missing any mistakes.''

Fiers allowed a career-high nine runs on nine hits in one-plus innings. He allowed a career-high five home runs.

''He missed his spots a few times, and they are a home run hitting club,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''It's amazing how many runs they have scored the last two nights. They got on him early, and he didn't have an answer for that.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: OF Ramon Laureano was out of the lineup a second straight day after leaving Saturday's game with cramps in his right leg.

Astros: 1B Yuli Gurriel was out of the lineup for a third straight game with a sore left hamstring, but he took ground balls and ran prior to the game. ... Correa fielded ground balls and took batting practice Monday.

A'S ROSTER MOVES

Oakland promoted LHP Jesus Luzardo and recalled RHP Daniel Mengden from Triple-A Las Vegas. To open up a spot on the 40-man roster for Luzardo, Oakland recalled OF Luis Barrera from Double-A Midland and placed him on the 60-day disabled list.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Tanner Roark (9-8, 3.86 ERA) starts Tuesday looking to continue his solid work since being acquired at the trade deadline. Roark has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his six starts with the Athletics.

Astros: LHP Wade Miley (13-4, 3.35) starts Tuesday looking to rebound after yielding five runs without recording an out in his last start Thursday against the Mariners.

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  • W: Z. Greinke (15-5)L: M. Fiers (14-4)
  • HR: HOU - R. Chirinos 2 (17), M. Brantley (21), J. Altuve (26), A. Bregman (35), Y. Alvarez 2 (24)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS20000000.275.359.496.8550.0
F. Barreto SS20000020.102.120.245.365-1.0
R. Grossman RF40000010.246.340.355.695-0.5
M. Chapman 3B20000020.253.346.518.865-1.0
S. Neuse 3B20000020.130.231.174.405-1.0
M. Olson 1B10000000.272.357.539.8960.0
C. Herrmann LF20100010.202.280.274.5530.5
M. Canha CF10000000.269.393.520.9130.0
a- C. Pinder PH-CF20100001.236.285.419.7042.0
S. Brown LF-1B30000013.385.429.564.993-0.5
K. Davis DH20100002.217.285.375.6601.0
b- S. Murphy PH-DH00000100.222.300.556.8561.0
J. Profar 2B30000014.216.298.416.714-0.5
J. Phegley C30000002.246.289.420.7090.0
  • a-grounded out for Canha in the 5th
  • b-walked for Davis in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF31100000.295.385.571.9572.0
K. Tucker RF-1B20000011.286.318.571.890-0.5
J. Altuve 2B32321000.307.365.555.91910.0
G. Stubbs LF21100001.214.290.286.5762.0
M. Brantley LF32211001.323.383.525.9078.0
J. Marisnick CF10000101.240.298.427.7251.0
A. Bregman SS21131100.299.418.5841.0029.0
M. Straw PR-SS20000002.253.364.308.6720.0
Y. Alvarez DH52222002.316.409.6731.08212.0
A. Diaz 1B-2B42100001.265.337.452.7893.0
A. Toro-Hernandez 3B42200002.255.356.490.8466.0
R. Chirinos C42362000.236.342.445.78717.0
J. Reddick RF-CF-RF40100011.267.311.393.7040.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Pinder (19)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Brown, J. Profar 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 3B - A. Toro-Hernandez (2)
    • HR - J. Altuve (26), M. Brantley (21), A. Bregman (35), Y. Alvarez 2 (24), R. Chirinos 2 (17)
    • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (65), M. Brantley (85), A. Bregman 3 (103), Y. Alvarez 2 (72), R. Chirinos 6 (55)
    • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos 3 (23)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Toro-Hernandez, J. Reddick
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Semien-Chapman-Olson; Profar-Barreto-Brown; Profar-Neuse-Brown)
    • E - F. Barreto (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Toro-Hernandez-Altuve-Diaz; Straw-Diaz-Tucker)
    • E - J. Altuve (12)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers (L, 14-4)1.09990153.971.22-19.5
    P. Blackburn5.086510211.002.111.0
    L. Trivino1.00000105.341.533.5
    R. Buchter1.00001002.901.462.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fiers (L, 14-4)1.0
    P. Blackburn5.0
    L. Trivino1.0
    R. Buchter1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Greinke (W, 15-5)6.02000502.991.0028.5
    B. Abreu2.01001300.000.675.5
    C. Perez1.000002010.001.444.0
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Greinke (W, 15-5)6.0
    B. Abreu2.0
    C. Perez1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - P. Blackburn
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 50-32, P. Blackburn 76-46, L. Trivino 6-5, R. Buchter 16-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 1-1, P. Blackburn 14-1, L. Trivino 1-0, R. Buchter 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 12, P. Blackburn 24, L. Trivino 2, R. Buchter 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 73-50, B. Abreu 32-21, C. Perez 14-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 7-6, B. Abreu 1-1
    • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 20, B. Abreu 7, C. Perez 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK84-60
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    HOU95-50
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS20000000.275.359.496.8550.0
    F. Barreto SS20000020.102.120.245.365-1.0
    R. Grossman RF40000010.246.340.355.695-0.5
    M. Chapman 3B20000020.253.346.518.865-1.0
    S. Neuse 3B20000020.130.231.174.405-1.0
    M. Olson 1B10000000.272.357.539.8960.0
    C. Herrmann LF20100010.202.280.274.5530.5
    M. Canha CF10000000.269.393.520.9130.0
    a- C. Pinder PH-CF20100001.236.285.419.7042.0
    S. Brown LF-1B30000013.385.429.564.993-0.5
    K. Davis DH20100002.217.285.375.6601.0
    b- S. Murphy PH-DH00000100.222.300.556.8561.0
    J. Profar 2B30000014.216.298.416.714-0.5
    J. Phegley C30000002.246.289.420.7090.0
    Total29030011012-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Semien SS2
    F. Barreto SS2
    R. Grossman RF4
    M. Chapman 3B2
    S. Neuse 3B2
    M. Olson 1B1
    C. Herrmann LF2
    M. Canha CF1
    a- C. Pinder PH-CF2
    S. Brown LF-1B3
    K. Davis DH2
    b- S. Murphy PH-DH0
    J. Profar 2B3
    J. Phegley C3
    Total29
    • a-grounded out for Canha in the 5th
    • b-walked for Davis in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF31100000.295.385.571.9572.0
    K. Tucker RF-1B20000011.286.318.571.890-0.5
    J. Altuve 2B32321000.307.365.555.91910.0
    G. Stubbs LF21100001.214.290.286.5762.0
    M. Brantley LF32211001.323.383.525.9078.0
    J. Marisnick CF10000101.240.298.427.7251.0
    A. Bregman SS21131100.299.418.5841.0029.0
    M. Straw PR-SS20000002.253.364.308.6720.0
    Y. Alvarez DH52222002.316.409.6731.08212.0
    A. Diaz 1B-2B42100001.265.337.452.7893.0
    A. Toro-Hernandez 3B42200002.255.356.490.8466.0
    R. Chirinos C42362000.236.342.445.78717.0
    J. Reddick RF-CF-RF40100011.267.311.393.7040.5
    Total3915171472212-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Pinder (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Brown, J. Profar 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 3B - A. Toro-Hernandez (2)
      • HR - J. Altuve (26), M. Brantley (21), A. Bregman (35), Y. Alvarez 2 (24), R. Chirinos 2 (17)
      • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (65), M. Brantley (85), A. Bregman 3 (103), Y. Alvarez 2 (72), R. Chirinos 6 (55)
      • 2-Out RBI - R. Chirinos 3 (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Toro-Hernandez, J. Reddick
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Semien-Chapman-Olson; Profar-Barreto-Brown; Profar-Neuse-Brown)
      • E - F. Barreto (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Toro-Hernandez-Altuve-Diaz; Straw-Diaz-Tucker)
      • E - J. Altuve (12)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (L, 14-4)1.09990153.971.22-19.5
      P. Blackburn5.086510211.002.111.0
      L. Trivino1.00000105.341.533.5
      R. Buchter1.00001002.901.462.0
      Total8.0171514227---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (L, 14-4)1.0
      P. Blackburn5.0
      L. Trivino1.0
      R. Buchter1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Greinke (W, 15-5)6.02000502.991.0028.5
      B. Abreu2.01001300.000.675.5
      C. Perez1.000002010.001.444.0
      Total9.03001100---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Greinke (W, 15-5)6.0
      B. Abreu2.0
      C. Perez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - P. Blackburn
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 50-32, P. Blackburn 76-46, L. Trivino 6-5, R. Buchter 16-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 1-1, P. Blackburn 14-1, L. Trivino 1-0, R. Buchter 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 12, P. Blackburn 24, L. Trivino 2, R. Buchter 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 73-50, B. Abreu 32-21, C. Perez 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 7-6, B. Abreu 1-1
      • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 20, B. Abreu 7, C. Perez 3
      • 7TH INNING
        Chirinos homered to left center, Diaz and Toro-Hernandez scored014
      • 2ND INNING
        Chirinos singled to center, Toro-Hernandez scored011
        Alvarez homered to right010
        Brantley homered to right center09
        Altuve homered to left center, Springer scored08
      • 1ST INNING
        Chirinos homered to left center, Diaz scored06
        Alvarez homered to right center04
        Bregman homered to left center, Altuve and Brantley scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • Cionel Perez relieved Bryan Abreu
        • F. Barreto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Barreto struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grossman flied out to center
        • S. Neuse: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Neuse struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Sean Murphy hit for Khris Davis
        • S. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Murphy walked
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Phegley grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Murphy out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Lou Trivino
        • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Marisnick walked
        • M. Straw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Straw flied out to center
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Alvarez grounded into double play second to third to first, Marisnick out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • B. Abreu Pitching:
        • S. Neuse: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Neuse struck out swinging
        • C. Herrmann: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Herrmann struck out swinging
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Pinder doubled to left center
        • S. Brown: Brown flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Blackburn Pitching:
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Diaz safe at first on shortstop Barreto throwing error
        • A. Toro-Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Toro-Hernandez singled to right center, Diaz to second
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Ball, Chirinos homered to left center, Diaz and Toro-Hernandez scored
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Foul, Reddick singled to left center
        • Lou Trivino relieved Paul Blackburn
        • K. Tucker: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Tucker struck out on foul tip
        • G. Stubbs: Strike looking, Stubbs grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Reddick out at second
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Garrett Stubbs in left field
        • Jake Marisnick in center field
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Phegley lined out to left
        • F. Barreto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Barreto struck out swinging
        • R. Grossman: Grossman grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • P. Blackburn Pitching:
        • J. Marisnick: Marisnick grounded out to third, Stubbs to second
        • M. Straw: Ball, Straw grounded out to pitcher, Stubbs to third
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball
        • In play
      • 5TH INNING
        • Kyle Tucker in right field
        • C. Herrmann: Herrmann singled to left
        • Chad Pinder hit for Mark Canha
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Foul, Pinder reached on fielder's choice to second, Herrmann to second on 2nd baseman Altuve fielding error
        • S. Brown: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Brown struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to deep right, Herrmann to third
        • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Profar lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • P. Blackburn Pitching:
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Chirinos grounded out to third
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to third
        • K. Tucker: Tucker grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Semien grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Grossman lined out to left
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Herrmann in left field
        • Franklin Barreto at shortstop
        • Sheldon Neuse at third base
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman walked
        • Myles Straw ran for Alex Bregman
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Alvarez flied out to center
        • A. Diaz: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to third, Straw to second
        • A. Toro-Hernandez: Toro-Hernandez grounded out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis singled to right
        • J. Profar: Profar lined out to second
        • J. Phegley: Phegley grounded into double play third to second to first, Davis out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • P. Blackburn Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Springer grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Altuve reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded into double play shortstop to third to first, Altuve out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Olson grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Canha: Foul, Strike looking, Canha grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Brown: Brown popped out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Springer reached on an infield single to third
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve homered to left center, Springer scored
        • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley homered to right center
        • Paul Blackburn relieved Mike Fiers
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Alvarez homered to right
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to third
        • A. Toro-Hernandez: Strike looking, Toro-Hernandez tripled to deep left
        • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Chirinos singled to center, Toro-Hernandez scored
        • J. Reddick: Reddick reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Chirinos out at second
        • End of the 2nd (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Greinke Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Semien grounded out to second
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Springer popped out to third
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altuve singled to left center
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Brantley singled to right center, Altuve to third
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman homered to left center, Altuve and Brantley scored
        • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez homered to right center
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Diaz singled to center
        • A. Toro-Hernandez: Strike swinging, Toro-Hernandez grounded out to second, Diaz to second
        • R. Chirinos: Chirinos homered to left center, Diaz scored
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Reddick struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (6 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)