Entering play on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park, the Astros led all of baseball with 57 home runs. In their 6-4 win over the Oakland Athletics, they hit one early to grab the lead, and then sealed it with a pair late.
Chris Carter gave the Astros a 2-0 lead when he followed Colby Rasmus’ second inning leadoff double with his seventh home run of the season. Then, with his team holding a 3-2 lead in the eighth Rasmus followed Jake Marisnick’s walk with his eighth home run. Later in the inning, Jason Castro went deep for the fifth time.
Oakland rallied in the ninth against Luke Gregerson. The first three Athletics reached base with Brett Lawrie knocking in a run to cut the Houston lead to three, but with runners at the corners and nobody out, Mark Canha grounded into a double play. That made it 6-4. Following an Eric Sogard walk, Gregerson was lifted and Pat Neshek struck out Billy Burns to end the game.
The win gets the Astros to 26-14, which is the best 40-game start in franchise history.
Roberto Hernandez earned his second win of the season, surrendering just two runs over six innings, while Sonny Gray needed 104 pitches to get through five innings for the Athletics. He allowed three runs.
Tony Sipp and Chad Qualls faced the minimum in the seventh and eighth innings.
Evan Gattis had two hits in four at bats for the Astros. He singled home a run fifth. Jose Altuve, Castro and Rasmus added multi hit games.
Josh Redick knocked in Oakland’s first run of the night with a double in the third. Max Muncy hit a sixth inning solo home run, his second of the year.
Lawrie had three hits for the Athletics, who fall to 14-27 on the season, while Muncy and Burns added a pair.