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Carlos Correa’s two homers lead Houston Astros past Oakland Athletics

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    HOUSTON — Carlos Correa belted a pair of two-run homers in consecutive at-bats and the Houston Astros claimed the rubber match of their three-game series with the Oakland Athletics 6-1 on Thursday at Minute Maid Park.

    Correa finished 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs to help carry the Astros (54-26) to their first home series victory following three consecutive series setbacks. Correa belted both homers, his 15th and 16th, off Oakland starter Daniel Gossett.

    His first blast the opposite way to right-center field landed in the Houston bullpen and erased a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the fourth.

    Gossett (1-3) retired the first 10 batters he faced before Astros left fielder Josh Reddick hit a one-out double to left two batters before Correa delivered his two-out blast for a 2-1 lead.

    After the Astros loaded the bases with no outs yet failed to score in the fifth inning, Correa chased Gossett with a 435-foot shot to center in the sixth, driving home Jose Altuve, whose double to right-center scored Reddick.

    Reddick finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and scored twice. Evan Gattis went 2-for-4.

    Right-hander Brad Peacock (5-1) struggled with his control, issuing six walks over five innings. But he allowed just two hits and totaled seven strikeouts, surrendering his lone run on a fielder’s choice grounder by Adam Rosales in the fourth.

    The Athletics (35-44) managed only three additional hits off the Houston bullpen and fell to 2-10 against the Astros this season.

    Gossett allowed five runs and seven hits in five-plus innings.

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    NOTES: Athletics 1B Yonder Alonso was unavailable with lingering soreness after fouling a ball off his right knee in the eighth inning on Wednesday night. Alonso, who is the best chance to represent Oakland in the All-Star Game, remains day-to-day. … Astros RHP Charlie Morton (right lat strain) threw a bullpen on Thursday and will pitch again on Sunday, either for Houston in its series finale against the Yankees, or during a third rehab start. … Athletics RHP Chris Bassitt pitched without issue during a rehab appearance for High-A Stockton on Wednesday night. Bassitt, who worked one inning, underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2016.

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