Evan Gattis hit a three-run homer and drove in five runs, Carlos Correa returned from a four-game absence and homered on the first pitch he saw, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 6-3 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight win.
Lance McCullers Jr. (8-3) struck out five over seven strong innings, allowing two runs and five hits while winning a second straight decision. He surrendered Stephen Piscotty's sacrifice fly in the second and then kept Oakland's powerful order in check.
Correa was back in the lineup at shortstop after missing a series sweep at Texas with soreness in his right side after leaving last Wednesday's game against the Mariners following an at-bat in the seventh inning.
Oakland scored on a wild pitch in the first before the Astros answered against Daniel Mengden (6-6). Correa homered leading off the second. Gattis hit his 11th homer three batters later, and then chased Mengden with a two-run double with two outs in the fifth.
Matt Chapman hit three doubles before being hit by a pitch in the left hand in the eighth by Collin McHugh. Chapman's three doubles matched the Oakland single-game record, done for the 28th time and first since Matt Joyce last Sept. 27.
Ken Giles finished for his 11th save in 11 tries as the World Series champions moved to 6-1 so far this season against the A's.
Both teams left the bases loaded in the fourth.
Mengden was charged with six runs and eight hits.