OAKLAND — The A’s and Astros combined to hit ten home runs. One solo blast into the dry night air after another, the game’s outcome felt it’d just come down to whichever team’s hand landed on top last.
The A’s had the last hand, beating their AL West rivals 7-6 on Thursday night.
Mike Fiers entered the game with a nine-game win streak and a 2.12 ERA over his last 17 starts. He hadn’t given up more than three earned runs since April 20th with just three multi home run games this year, never allowing more than two.
The hot air inflated and popped that bubble quickly. Fiers sailed through his first three innings, keeping his pitch count low — until the home run barrage struck in the fourth. Carlos Correa took a changeup deep for a two-run home run. Carlos Correa did the honors in the next inning, then Michael Brantley and Correa again.
Lucky for Fiers, his teammates were also taking advantage of the dry heat. Matt Olson had a two home-run game, his first a three-run shot and his second preceding Matt Chapman’s 453-foot blast (and he’d hit another one, too, in the eighth inning). Corban Joseph hit his first career home run, even.
All the runs scored via home run.