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A’s rack up 25 hits, 6 HRs in 21-7 win over Astros

HOUSTON — Matt Olson and Sean Murphy both homered twice, and the Oakland Athletics tagged Wade Miley for seven runs in the first inning and scored a season high in a 21-7 rout of the Houston Astros on Tuesday.

After being blanked in a lopsided loss on Monday, Oakland recovered to win its seventh of nine and remained ahead of Cleveland for the second AL wild-card spot.

The Astros were coming off a 21-1 win over Seattle on Sunday and a 15-0 thrashing of Oakland in which they hit seven homers on Monday. It was the first time the Athletics had been shut out since May 9.

But on Tuesday, the A’s had a season-best 25 hits and built a 7-0 lead in the first inning without an extra-base knock. They tied a season high with six homers after not hitting any in their previous two games.

The 25 hits by Oakland mark their most in a nine-inning game since they recorded 25 on June 14, 1969, against the Boston Red Sox — a game that also featured a 21-7 final score, according to ESPN Stats & Information

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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