Cor­rea has 2 HRs, 4 RBIs in win over A’s

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Sports - By Kristie Rieken AP SPORTS WRITER

HOUS­TON — Car­los Cor­rea suc­cinctly summed up his big day which led the Hous­ton Astros to yet an­other win on Thurs­day.

“It’s al­ways good to hit a home run,” he said. “It’s even bet­ter to hit two.”

Cor­rea’s two homers and four RBIs gave the Astros a 6-1 vic­tory over the Oak­land Ath­let­ics to im­prove their MLB-best record to 54-26.

Cor­rea’s two-run shot in the fourth put the Astros up 2-1. He ex­tended the lead to 5-1 with a two-run homer to straight­away cen­ter field with no outs in the sixth in­ning to chase rookie Daniel Gos­sett (1-3).

“The first time through the or­der he was re­ally tough,” man­ager A.J. Hinch said of Gos­sett. “Our guys looked like the sec­ond time around we re­ally went out with a plan to hunt some pitches and we didn’t miss them. Ob­vi­ously when our guys get pitches to hit that they’re look­ing for they can do some dam­age.”

It was the fourth ca­reer mul­ti­home run game for Cor­rea, who has reached safely in a ca­reer-high 17 straight games, and his first this sea­son.

The vic­tory im­proves Hous­ton to 10-2 against the Ath­let­ics this sea­son and 17-2 against them since July 20, 2016.

Hous­ton starter Brad Pea­cock (5-1) al­lowed two hits, one run and struck out seven but lasted only five in­nings af­ter ty­ing a ca­reer high by walk­ing six.

Gos­sett, who was mak­ing his fourth ma­jor league start, al­lowed seven hits and five runs in five in­nings for his sec­ond loss to the Astros in 10 days.

“I wasn’t get­ting ahead very well ... 1-0, 2-0 to ev­ery bat­ter,” Gos­sett said. “I’ve got to throw more pitches in the zone so stuff will hap­pen. It’s just qual­ity of pitches late in the game.”

Josh Red­dick had two hits, scored twice and drove in a run with a sac­ri­fice fly in the sev­enth.

The Ath­let­ics went 0 for 7 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion and left 11 on base as they lost for the sec­ond straight day.

Adam Rosales grounded into a force out to drive Oak­land’s only run in the fourth in­ning.

Gos­sett didn’t al­low a baserun­ner un­til Red­dick dou­bled with one out in the fourth in­ning. He re­tired Jose Al­tuve be­fore Cor­rea’s 15th homer this sea­son landed in the bullpen in right field to give Hous­ton a 2-1 lead.

Red­dick sin­gled to start Hous­ton’s sixth be­fore scor­ing on a dou­ble by Al­tuve to push the lead to 3-1 be­fore Cor­rea’s sec­ond home run.

Trainer’s room — Ath­let­ics: Man­ager Bob Melvin ex­pects RHP Jharel Cot­ton to start on Satur­day af­ter his sched­uled start on Thurs­day was pushed back be­cause of a blis­ter on his right thumb . ... Melvin said he hoped that 1B Yon­der Alonso would be back in the lineup on Fri­day af­ter sit­ting out on Thurs­day af­ter foul­ing a ball off his right knee the night be­fore.

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