The Astros used two big innings Monday to pull away for an 11-4 win over the Athletics.
Houston turned a 4-0 deficit into a one-run lead when it recorded seven hits and plated five runs in the bottom of the third inning.
The Astros carried that 5-4 advantage into the eighth. Then, infielder Alex Bregman hit an opposite field, three-run homer that barely cleared the fence and Tyler White followed with a three-run shot of his own to push Houston’s lead to seven.
— Houston Astros (@astros) August 28, 2018
Bregman and White both finished the game with four RBIs a piece. Houston ace Gerrit Cole allowed four runs in six innings on the mound to pick up the victory. Astros reliever Joe Smith pitched a scoreless ninth inning to secure the win.
Brett Anderson was charged with the loss after he lasted 2 2/3 innings on the mound and allowed five runs. Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman both tallied two RBIs in the losing effort.
The Astros moved to 81-50 on the year and extended their lead in the American League West to 2 ½ games with the win. The A’s fell to 79-53.
Stud of the night
Orioles designated hitter Trey Mancini tallied five RBIs and scored two runs against the Blue Jays. Baltimore came out on top 7-0.
TREY-RUN HOMER! @TreyMancini belts a 3-run homer for a 4-0 lead. pic.twitter.com/TsCdWXX66g
— Orioles on MASN (@masnOrioles) August 28, 2018
Dud of the night
Giancarlo Stanton went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts in the Yankees’ 6-2 loss to the White Sox.
Mets outfielder Michael Conforto crushed a home run to deep centerfield off of Cubs starter Jon Lester in the second inning.
Conforto CRUSHES a HOME RUN off of Lester!
Stream Live: https://t.co/fzMsDxvkr8 pic.twitter.com/qfis6UQgpu
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) August 28, 2018
Mets (58-73) at Cubs (77-53) — New York and Chicago will continue their series at Wrigley Field on Tuesday in a game that could turn into a pitcher’s duel. Ace Jacob deGrom is set to take the mound for the Mets while Cole Hamels will start for the Cubs. Hamels has registered a 4-0 record with a 0.79 ERA in four starts since he was acquired by Chicago before the trade deadline.