Houston Astros started the month of September with a 4-8 mark, diminishing Houston’s chances of the playoffs greatly. Now with a win on Sunday, the Astros would complete a 5-1 road trip and be under two games out of the final Wild Card spot.
Evan Gattis made sure the Astros got that fifth win on the road with two home runs in a 6-5 win on Wednesday afternoon at Oakland Coliseum — completing the sweep of the Athletics.
Collin McHugh did his job on the mound, allowing two earned runs over 5 2/3 innings.
The Astros didn't intentionally break through against former Houston prospect Daniel Mengden until the sixth inning.
Each team scratched out a run in the first five innings. The A's run came on a Brett Eibner's double that scored Danny Valencia from second. Houston tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth after a pair of walks to Marwin Gonzalez and Jason Castro and a wild pitch. Jake Marisnick ground out to short, allowing Gonzalez to score.
Houston took the lead back in the sixth with hits from Jose Altuve (single), Carlos Correa (double), and Evan Gattis (home run) — taking a 4-1 lead.
Houston added a run in the seventh and eighth to pad their lead. George Springer doubled, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout -- the play was reviewed and the call was confirmed with Springer safe.
Gattis hit his second home run of the game and 30th home run on the season in the eighth.
The A's made things interesting by scoring a few runs late but Houston was able to close out the game with a strike'em out, throw 'em out from Luke Gregson to Jason Castro to end the game.