Gattis does it again: 2 HRs, 5 RBIs in Astros 13-5 win

Houston Astros' Evan Gattis flips his helmet after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics' Danny Coulombe during the seventh inning of a baseball ga

Houston Astros' Evan Gattis flips his helmet after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics' Danny Coulombe during the seventh inning of a baseball ga

Oakland Athletics pitcher Paul Blackburn (58) hands the ball to manager Bob Melvin as he is removed during the second inning of the team's baseball ga

Oakland Athletics pitcher Paul Blackburn (58) hands the ball to manager Bob Melvin as he is removed during the second inning of the team's baseball ga

Houston Astros' Evan Gattis, right, celebrates with Carlos Correa (1) after hitting a three-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Emilio Pagan during th

Houston Astros' Evan Gattis, right, celebrates with Carlos Correa (1) after hitting a three-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Emilio Pagan during th

CORRECTS TO TRIPLE, INSTEAD OF DOUBLE - Houston Astros' Carlos Correa follows through on a two-run triple off Oakland Athletics' Paul Blackburn during

CORRECTS TO TRIPLE, INSTEAD OF DOUBLE - Houston Astros' Carlos Correa follows through on a two-run triple off Oakland Athletics' Paul Blackburn during

Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole follows through on a delivery to an Oakland Athletics batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday,

Houston Astros pitcher Gerrit Cole follows through on a delivery to an Oakland Athletics batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday,

Houston Astros' Evan Gattis, right, celebrates with Yuli Gurriel (10) and Josh Reddick, left, after hitting a three-run home run off Oakland Athletics

Houston Astros' Evan Gattis, right, celebrates with Yuli Gurriel (10) and Josh Reddick, left, after hitting a three-run home run off Oakland Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Evan 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 Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 13-5 on Wednesday night for their seventh straight win.

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.

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.

One night after homering and setting a career-high with five RBIs, Gattis had another huge day at the plate. He drove in five again, becoming the first player in franchise history to drive in five in consecutive games.

The Astros' slugger 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.

Gattis' 10 RBIs in two games also ties an Astros record.

Cole allowed allowed a season-high four runs over six uneven innings, including two home runs, 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).

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.

TRAINER'S ROOM

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.

UP NEXT

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, 1.25) goes for Oakland.

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