Stephen Ellison

A's Bats Silenced in Lopsided Loss to Astros

OAKLAND (AP) Alex Bregman hit a grand slam, Josh Reddick connected for a two-run homer against his former team, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 9-1 on Tuesday night for their majors-best 10th straight win.

Bregman's second career grand slam gave Collin McHugh (3-1) all the run support he needed on the way to winning his third straight start. Bregman's other slam came May 14, 2017, at the Yankees.

McHugh allowed two hits over six scoreless innings, struck out five and walked two. The A's avoided the shutout getting a sacrifice fly from Kendrys Morales in the ninth against Reymin Guduan.

George Springer opened the game with a full-count drive. Reddick connected in the second inning following Yuli Gurriel's single for his first home run of the season.

"It's always fun to come back, and to see how much I get booed," Reddick, with the A's from 2012-16, said before the game.

Springer also had a leadoff homer April 1 at Texas. He drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth that made it 4-0 before Bregman doubled that score.

A's starter Marco Estrada (0-2) saw his career-high losing streak reach seven after losing his final five decisions of 2018 with Toronto.

Reddick finished with three hits as Houston improved to 4-0 against the A's so far. The Astros have won eight of 10 in Oakland - and their 7-2 mark in 2018 at the Coliseum was the A's worst home record in the rivalry for one season.

Estrada fell behind from the start on a night Nick Hundley earned a rare start catching the right-hander despite starter Josh Phegley's hot bat. Phegley, with his nine-game hitting streak, will be back in the lineup Wednesday.

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