A's Spank Astros in Wire-to-wire Win, Make MLB History in Process

That's one way to bounce back. 

A night after the AL West-leading Houston Astros pasted the A's 15-0, Oakland returned the favor Tuesday at Minute Maid Park and beat Houston 21-7.

The A's clubbed six home runs, including two apiece from Sean Murphy and Matt Olson. Tuesday marked the first time in the A's century-plus of existence that the team scored 20 or more runs, compiled 20 or more hits and hit at least six home runs in a single game, according to STATS LLC. 

That wasn't the only history the A's made Tuesday, either. According to the Elias Stats Bureau, Oakland became the fifth team in MLB history -- and the first since 2013 -- to win by 14 or more runs after losing by 15-plus in their previous game. 

Oakland's offensive output also would have placed it middle of the pack ... among NFL offenses after Week 1. 

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Tuesday's win evened up the A's four-game series with the Astros at a game apiece, and Houston has only outscored Oakland by a single run in the last two contests.

The journey was just slightly less straightforward than the outcome.  

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