Correa’s 2-HR day leads way vs. A’s

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HOUSTON — The Astros continued their dominance of the A’s on Thursday afternoon, getting a pair of two-run homers from Carlos Correa and five innings of one-run ball from starter Brad Peacock to win the series finale, 6-1, at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros (54-26) beat the A’s for the 17th time in their past 19 meetings, and they have won eight of 10 overall heading into a weekend series against the Yankees in Houston. They are 28 games over .500 for the first time since late in the 2001 season.

Peacock (5-1) needed 106 pitches to finish five innings, issuing six walks to go with seven strikeouts. He allowed a run in the fourth before Correa hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning off Oakland starter Daniel Gossett (1-3). Correa had a 435-foot blast, according to Statcast™, off the batter’s eye in center field in the sixth that made it 5-1.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Two for the Showrrea: Gossett had sent down 11 of the first 12 batters he faced before Correa walloped a 3-2 pitch with two outs in the fourth and sent it into the Astros’ bullpen in right-center for a two-run homer that put Houston ahead, 2-1. That extended Correa’s streak of reaching base safely to a career-high 17 consecutive games.

Great escape: The A’s had a chance to pounce on the Astros when they loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth. After allowing singles by Ryon Healy and Matt Olson and walking Josh Phegley to load the bases with no outs, Peacock struck out Jaycob Brugman and got Adam Rosales to hit into a fielder’s choice that pushed home a run. He got Franklin Barreto to fly out to right with the bases loaded for the third out.

Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

Jane Lee has covered the A’s for MLB.com since 2010.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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