HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Evan Gattis hit a two-out, two-run homer to left-center field to break a 1-1 tie in the sixth inning to lead the Houston Astros past their AL West rival the Oakland Athletics 6-1 Wednesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. The Astros finished out their homestand with a 7-2 record and continue their best start in franchise history with a 27-14 record after 41 games.
The Astros took two of three games against the Athletics.
Dallas Keuchel (6-0) picked up the victory allowing just one unearned run in 7.0 innings of work with four strikeouts. Oakland starter Jesse Hahn (1-4) took the defeat after allowing three runs on six Astro hits.
“His pitch quality today was excellent,” Astros skipper AJ Hinch said Keuchel. “I love the way that he found ways to not break….He competed pretty well.”
The Astros are now 8-1 when Keuchel starts, including three straight.
“The way people think about the game going into it is Let’s score a run,” Gattis said. “Everybody is just looking for a win. I think it does have a positive impact on how the team thinks going into the game”
The Astros took their first lead in the third inning. Marwin Gonzalez doubled to centerfield to lead off the inning and he advanced to third based on a wild pitch by Hahn. Jake Marisnick’s RBI single plated Gonzalez to give Houston a 1-0 lead.
The A’s made things difficult on Keuchel in the 6th. Billy Butler and Brett Lawrie each reached based on one-out infield singles. After a Josh Phegley flyout, Mark Canha reached on a fielding error by Astros first baseman Chris Carter, scoring Butler to tie the game at 1-1.
Gattis only made it to the plate after George Springer reached on an infield single with two outs in the sixth. Gattis’ homer, his eighth of the season came on a 1-0 pitch from Hahn.
The Astros added three runs of insurance in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Colby Rasmus and a two-run single by Chris Carter.
The Astros begin a seven-game road trip on Thursday as they open a series with the Detroit Tigers who are currently second in the AL Central. Thursday’s game will be a matinee with a 12:08 first pitch as the Astros send right-hander Scott Feldman (3-4, 5.06 ERA) to the mound. The Tigers will counter with southpaw David Price (3-1, 3.40 ERA).
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