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Houston1 2 0 5 0 0 1 0 0 990
Oakland0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 140
  W: C. McHugh (3-1)   L: M. Estrada (0-2)
7:07 PM PT8:07 PM MT9:07 PM CT10:07 PM ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 PM MST9:07 PM EST9:37 PM VEN6:07 UAE (+1)9:07 PM CT, April 16, 2019
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 12,270

Astros look for 10th win in a row when they visit Athletics

According to STATS
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Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics

  1. Houston has won nine in a row, sweeping the Mariners, Yankees, and Athletics. The Astros are averaging 5.8 runs and slugging .550 in that stretch -- they averaged 2.1 runs while slugging .363 in their first seven games of the season.
  2. The Athletics have produced at least 10 hits in seven straight games, their longest streak since 2013 (eight straight). They have scored at least seven runs in five consecutive games, their longest streak since 2013 (five straight).
  3. Since last season, the Astros are 15-7 against the Athletics, outscoring them 133-86. Oakland has a 5.56 ERA against Houston since last season, its highest against any opponent.
  4. Jose Altuve is on a seven-game hitting streak, batting .448 with six home runs. In his first nine games he hit just .229 with one home run. Of his seven home runs this season, six have been solo shots, tied with Khris Davis for most in MLB.
  5. Over his last 162 games, Khris Davis has hit 57 home runs and driven in 139 RBI, which both lead MLB (since April 5, 2018). The only other Athletics with such numbers in a 162-game span in franchise history are Mark McGwire and Jimmie Foxx.
  6. The trio of Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, and Carlos Correa are hitting a combined .319 with 10 home runs. The rest of the team is hitting .264 with 13 home runs.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/16/2019 thru 4/17/2019
(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Oakland Athletics hope to see the other side of right-hander Collin McHugh when the Houston Astros visit to open a two-game series on Tuesday night in Oakland, Calif.

McHugh limited the A's to one run and three hits over six innings in a 3-2 win when the clubs met in Houston on April 5.

The victory triggered a nine-game winning streak for the Astros, while at the same time started the A's on a four-game skid and a 4-5 trip.

McHugh (2-1, 2.65) has won both his home starts this season, but lost at Tampa Bay in his only road outing.

Those results are consistent with a brilliant career home record (33-17, 3.55), as opposed to an average road ledger (23-22, 4.14).

The 31-year-old has gone 9-1 with a 2.73 ERA in 18 games, including 12 starts, against the A's in his career. But most of that success has come at home; he's just 2-1 with a 4.98 ERA in six appearances, four as a starter, in Oakland.

McHugh's two victories this season not only have come at home, but have come in games in which he pitched just six innings and then watched the bullpen hold on for one- and two-runs wins.

The Houston bullpen has been among the American League's best this season, going 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA.

"It's going to be different for us this year," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of a season without innings-eater Dallas Keuchel, who left in free agency. "We're going to be more like the Rays. I don't mean with an opener. I mean getting a pitcher out at around 90 pitches. I can do that with (Brad) Peacock, (Wade) Miley and McHugh."

McHugh threw a season-high 94 pitches in his win over Oakland.

He'll be paired this time with A's right-hander Marco Estrada (0-1, 4.87), who didn't face the Astros in Oakland's recent trek to Houston.

He's faced the Astros 14 times in his career, eight times as a starter, going 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA.

While the A's are happy to get McHugh on their home turf Tuesday, they're equally happy to get Estrada another home start.

While never earning a decision, he pitched effectively in all three of his previous Oakland starts, allowing a total of five earned runs in 16 1/3 innings.

The A's won six of 10 on their opening homestand, but then lost four straight to begin their just completed nine-game trip. The first three of those losses came at Houston, two by one run.

Oakland rebounded to win four straight before losing 9-8 Sunday at Texas when it appeared a five-run lead had them primed to complete a winning trip.

"That's a game we normally don't lose," A's manager Bob Melvin assured reporters after the game. "We just had one guy (Joakim Soria) get whacked around a little bit in the eighth inning."

Oakland hasn't had the same amount of success as the Astros out of its bullpen this season. A's relievers have compiled a 4.39 ERA so far.

The game tips off an eight-game homestand for the A's. The Astros, meanwhile, will be seeking to continue the perfect start of an eight-game trip, coming off three straight wins at Seattle.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 16, 2019

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