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With the two best games of his career coming on consecutive days Dustin Brown Jersey , designated hitter Evan Gattis has quickly transformed into the Astros‘ hottest hitter – and their current good luck charm.

He’s got a franchise record to prove it, too.

Gattis hit two home runs, including the first of back-to-back shots with Marwin Gonzalez during a seven-run second inning, and the streaking Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 13-5 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win.
One night after homering and setting a career high with five RBIs, Gattis drove in five again, becoming the first player in franchise history to drive in five in consecutive games.

”It was fun to watch our guys respond to his continued damage at-bats,” Houston manager AJ Hinch said. ”They’re taking his helmet off and rubbing it all over themselves and they’re trying to get as close to him as they can. They want whatever he’s eating, whatever he’s doing during the games.”

Jake Marisnick also homered, Carlos Correa had a two-run triple and Yuli Gurriel had three hits and three RBIs to help Gerrit Cole (8-1) win his sixth straight decision.

Gattis had a sacrifice fly in the first inning, hit a three-run home run off A’s starter Paul Blackburn (1-1) in the second then went deep again with a solo blast off Emilio Pagan in the seventh. Gattis also walked in the eighth.

”He’s white hot,” Cole said. ”Just a great approach right now. He’s obviously put the team on his back a little bit.”

Gattis’ 10 RBIs in two games also ties an Astros record, but the big slugger wouldn’t say he’s necessarily locked in at the plate.

”It never feels like it,” Gattis said. ”You’re about to go hit a ball with a stick and you’re going to get out 70 percent of the time. You have to enjoy the good stuff if you’re going to get mad about the negatives in the game.”

Cole allowed a season-high four runs over six uneven innings, including two home runs Womens Samuel Girard Jersey , but benefited from the early cushion. The AL leader in strikeouts fanned six and yielded six hits with two walks.

That gives Houston three eight-game winners – Cole, Thursday’s starter Justin Verlander (8-2) and Tuesday’s winner Lance McCullers (8-3).

”Some undesirable results a couple times,” Cole said. ”Fastball command wasn’t poor but it wasn’t as sharp.”

The defending World Series champs moved a season-high 19 games over .500. This is Houston’s longest winning streak since taking seven in a row from Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2017.

Oakland outfielder Jake Smolinski became the first A’s position player to pitch in a game since utility player Tyler Ladendorf on June 3, 2016. Smolinski allowed a leadoff double to Max Stassi and a two-run home run to Marisnick in the ninth, then retired the next three batters.

”The one thing you really want is don’t get hurt and throw the ball over the middle of the plate, and he did exactly that,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ”He was up for it. He’s up for just about anything.”

Khris Davis homered twice for Oakland, his 18th and 19th of the season. Stephen Piscotty also went deep.

The Astros flexed their defensive muscle in the eighth after Matt Olson reached on an error. Marisnick made a leaping catch in center to rob Matt Chapman of a home run, then threw to second baseman Tony Kemp, who relayed to first to double up Olson.


Blackburn retired only four batters and allowed eight runs before departing in the second.


Athletics: Chapman made another handful of stellar defensive plays at third base, one night after getting hit in the left hand by a 92.3 mph fastball from Astros reliever Collin McHugh.


Verlander (8-2, 2.58 ERA) makes his 15th start in the series finale for Houston on Thursday. Among qualifying pitchers, Verlander leads the majors in ERA and is second in innings pitched (93 1/3) and third in strikeouts (113). Right-hander Frankie Montas (3-0 Brent Burns Jersey , 1.25) goes for Oakland.

A day after saying he may need surgery on both heels that would require an eight-to-10-month recovery, Yoenis Cespedes missed the Mets’ 7-6 Subway Series loss Saturday because of body soreness and New York’s front office did not publicly comment on his startling health revelation.

Cespedes homered in Friday’s win over the Yankees, his first game since May 13 after two months on the disabled list caused by with a strained right hip flexor.

The 32-year-old, a two-time All-Star, revealed after the game that calcification on his heels has bothered him for 15 years and caused the lower body injuries that have limited him to 119 games in 1 1/2 seasons since he signed a $110 million, four-year contract.

Mets manager Mickey Callaway was unable answer whether Cespedes will need an operation.

”I think that it’s something that is probably a good question for the doctors as far as if he needs surgery or not,” Callaway said. ”We are aware of his heels issues and that they get painful, especially when he has long periods of time that he hasn’t done much. And then he starts coming back, his heels get pretty sore. He’s been battling that for 15 years.”

Callaway also would not give an opinion as to whether Cespedes should have surgery sooner than later.

”I think that’s another probably question for doctors,” he said. ”I’d hate to speculate on something I’m not very educated on. I wish I could give you more on that.”

General manager Sandy Alderson took a leave of absence on June 26 following the reoccurrence of cancer, and the team’s baseball operations are being run by a trio of his top aides. Assistant general manager John Ricco, who spoke to reporters before Friday’s game, was not at the ballpark Saturday, spokesman Harold Kaufman said. Special assistant Omar Minaya Authentic Louis Domingue Jersey , Alderson’s predecessor, was to be at the stadium but did not speak with reporters.

After the game, the Mets announced the trade of closer Jeurys Familia to Oakland for a pair of prospects, infielder William Toffey and right-hander Bobby Wahl plus $1 million in international signing bonus pool allocation. While the announcement included quotes from Mets officials, no one from the front office was available to discuss the trade with media.

Cespedes was to have been a designated hitter in the first two games of the weekend series and possibly play the outfield Sunday. He went 2 for 4 with a walk and two runs scored Friday but felt sore after running to first on an eighth-inning groundout.

”He came in pretty sore today, and we’re not going to start him,” Callaway said. ”That’s concerning.”

Asked whether Cespedes’ heels, hips or legs were sore, Callaway responded: It’s all interconnected. He’s just sore. He ran that ball out, that ground-ball out, and he came back and he was really sore.”

Callaway said Cespedes will seek an additional medical opinion. After the game, Callaway said ”it became pretty evident before the game that he wasn’t going to be available.”

Cespedes is hitting .262 with nine homers and 29 RBIs in 38 games. In an effort to increase flexibility and avoid leg problems, he took to yoga during the offseason and reported to spring training trimmer.

”The cause of my problems are my heels because when I feel some pain on my heels, I started to modify my walking Alex Pietrangelo Jersey Kids , my running or even my standing,” he said through a translator on Friday night, his first public comments since going on the DL.

”The only way that I can avoid my heels to keep from bothering me or getting me hurt is having surgery,” he said. ”I’m still thinking about it because the recovery process takes over eight to 10 months.”

Cespedes said he didn’t know whether he would be able to make it through the rest of the season.

”I’ve been playing like this for the last 15 years, but as time goes by it’s getting worse and worse,” he said.

Cespedes spent much of his layoff at the Mets’ training complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and was upset by criticism.

”I found some things on social media, which, honestly, I don’t care, but it shows that people don’t know how hard I worked down there to get back,” he said.

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