OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Alex Bregman hit a three-run homer for his second longball in two games, and the Houston Astros slugged past the Oakland Athletics 9-5 on Friday night. Yuli Gurriel also connected and Michael Brantley added a run-scoring double as Houston jumped out to a big lead again — a night after the Astros won the opener 8-1 behind Zack Greinke’s six shutout innings. Houston’s José Altuve reached base in all five of his plate appearances, with three hits and two walks. The Astros have scored 17 runs in their first two games.
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