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With the two best games of his career coming on consecutive days Michael Gallup 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 Cheap M.J. Stewart Jersey , 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, 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 James Washington Game Jersey ,” 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 Tremaine Youth Edmunds Youth Jersey , 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, 1.25) goes for Oakland.

Cordy Glenn had no idea the Buffalo Bills were looking to trade him in the offseason. They pulled off a surprising deal when they found a team that’s determined to upgrade its offensive line.

The Bengals confirmed Wednesday that they’d swung a deal for the offensive tackle, who becomes the key piece in the Bengals’ biggest offseason project. Their offense finished last in the league last season in large part because the line couldn’t protect Andy Dalton or open holes for the running game, which wound up as a franchise worst.

The Bengals confirmed that they swapped first-round draft picks with Buffalo as part of the trade. The Bills moved up nine spots in the first-round draft order by acquiring the No. 12 selection. The Bengals acquired the first of Buffalo’s two first-round picks, 21st overall.

Cincinnati also acquired Buffalo’s fifth-round pick (158th) for the Bengals’ sixth-rounder (187th).

The deal was agreed to on Monday and became official two days later Kerryon Johnson Jersey , after Glenn took his physical. The tackle had no inkling the trade was coming.

”I guess it’s shocking,” Glenn said during a conference call. ”There were just like a lot of different emotions going on. It kind of came out of left field. After that, I was excited.”

Glenn has been a Bills starter since being selected in the second round of the 2012 draft. He was limited to six games last year because of a left foot injury that eventually required surgery. He also hurt his right ankle. Glenn said Wednesday that he’s healing and should be ready for offseason workouts.

When healthy, Glenn has been dominant in both pass protection and run blocking. He was part of a Bills team that led the NFL in yards rushing in both 2015 and `16.

Glenn has three years left on a $65 million contract and is due to make a $9.25 million base salary in the 2018 season.

”They want me here,” Glenn said. ”I think that’s big, just to know you’re wanted somewhere. It’s a great situation for me.”

The trade underscored that the Bengals – who don’t often make such deals – are serious about trying to improve their line.

They took a huge gamble last season that tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher – their top two picks in the 2015 draft – were ready to man both sides of the line. Ogbuehi struggled at right tackle last season and was moved to the left side, replacing Andrew Whitworth. Fisher was elevated to right tackle and got hurt during the season.

Like Whitworth, right guard Kevin Zeitler left in free agency DJ Moore Youth Jersey , leaving two huge holes. The Bengals signed Andre Smith – who was recovering from major arm surgery – to take Zeitler’s spot. It never came together, and the Bengals finished last in the league in offense for the first time.

Marvin Lewis got a two-year contract extension after a second straight losing season, but offensive line coach Paul Alexander was fired. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was given the job full time after taking over three games into last season.

Improving the line is the overriding priority on offense.

”Let’s face it: In this league whatever kind of offense you are, at some point in the game it’s going to come down to situations where they know you’re going to pass and you’ve got to block the edge,” Lazor said on a conference call. ”So I think it’s critical for us. I think it’s a guy who’s proven he can do it.”

AP Sports Writer John Wawrow in Orchard Park, New York, contributed to this report.


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