Bregman homers for 2nd straight day, Astros beat A’s again

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros trots around the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at RingCentral Coliseum on April 02, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros trots around the bases after hitting a three-run home run against the Oakland Athletics in the third inning of a Major League Baseball game at RingCentral Coliseum on April 02, 2021 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) (2021 Getty Images)

OAKLAND, Calif. – 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.

Kyle Tucker hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh as Houston added an insurance run — and it was an important one, as Chad Pinder connected for a two-run homer in the bottom half.

Houston's José Altuve reached base in all five of his plate appearances, with three hits and two walks.

“Well Altuve’s obviously hot. The guy behind him is even hotter," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Brantley, who had three hits for the second straight game.

The Astros have scored 17 runs in their first two games.

“I feel really good. The only thing I'm trying to do right now is get on base," Altuve said. “Obviously I have great hitters behind me ... I feel I need to get on base and let them do the rest.”

Left-hander Jesús Luzardo (0-1) struck out eight with one walk over five innings, surrendering the two homers among his eight hits and five runs.