(AP) — Bob Melvin walked in after the game and had a little fun, “Coors Field tonight, huh?” Oakland’s manager joked.
It sure felt like it the way balls were flying out.
Matt Chapman hit two home runs for the second straight day, connecting for the tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning to lead theAthletics past the Houston Astros in a 7-6 home run derby of sorts Thursday night.
The teams combined for a Coliseum record 10 home runs, five by each team. Four players hit two home runs: Chapman and teammate Matt Olson along with Houston’s Michael Brantley and Carlos Correa. Since 1908, it marked the fifth time in major league history four players hit at least two home runs, with Minnesota and Baltimore also doing so on April 20 this year.
“That was pretty cool. I’ve never seen the ball carry like that here. It was like we were playing on a normal park,” Chapman said. “That was a rarity. I’ve never seen this park play like that. Usually it’s pretty cold here and the ball doesn’t travel, but that was nice.”
The 10 homers topped the previous record of eight combined for the run-down venue also home to the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. The A’s and Astros were the last to total eight together, on Aug. 19, 2018.
With the game tied at 6, Chapman led off the eighth with a homer off Chris Devenski (2-2). Chapman recorded his fourth career two-homer game a day after hitting two against Giants. Liam Hendriks kept the Astros from clearing the fences in the ninth for his 14th save.
“They hit the most important one at the right time,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “We hit some big ones. It was a little bit of 2019 home run derby with the ball flying out of the ballpark everywhere.”
Olson hit a three-run homer and solo shot. Correa homered leading off the fifth and seventh innings for Houston, the second giving him 100 for his career. Brantley hit solo drives in the sixth and eighth innings, tying the game with the second.