Houston Astros power up to beat Oakland A’s 

click to enlarge The A’s Josh Donaldson, left, tumbles across home plate to score a run as Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro, right, looks for the ball during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, July 28, 2014, in Houston. - DAVID J. PHILLIP/AP
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  • The A’s Josh Donaldson, left, tumbles across home plate to score a run as Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro, right, looks for the ball during the second inning of a baseball game Monday, July 28, 2014, in Houston.

HOUSTON -- After scoring six runs in the last four games, Houston's offense went on a homer spree.

Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each hit a home run as the Houston Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 7-3 win over the A's on Monday night.

Carter hit a monstrous three-run shot to center field in the third to give the Astros a lead, and Castro and Krauss went back-to-back in the sixth, with Castro's homer a two-run shot.

Krauss' homer found the upper deck in right field and chased A's starter Jesse Chavez (8-7). Two batters later, Dominguez sent a drive onto the railroad tracks in left field off reliever Dan Otero.

"We've been going through our offensive woes and, again, to see the middle of the lineup swing the bat the way they swung it tonight was exciting," Houston manager Bo Porter said.

The last time Houston hit three home runs in an inning was June 5, 2013, against Baltimore.

The Astros were coming off a three-game sweep at the hands of Miami.

Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer (3-7) won for the first time since May 30, giving up three runs and eight hits with two strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.

"For me and Castro, it was the same game plan," Oberholtzer said. "Just attack them, throw the ball in and stay away from the big innings."

Chavez allowed a season-high six runs and five hits with five strikeouts in 5¹/³ innings.

"I thought he was throwing the ball really well, real similar to how he did last time out," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "I think the Carter at-bat affected the way things went from there."

The three home runs allowed were a career high. Chavez had allowed three home runs in his last 11 starts combined.

"To sum up the whole day, it was three pitches and one walk," Chavez said. "That can't happen when you have the lead, and it's something that has been my Achilles heel, giving back the runs they get for me and not being able to get through six."

Stephen Vogt had two hits, including a solo home run in the third into the upper deck in right to give the A's a 2-0 lead. Jed Lowrie and Josh Donaldson each added two hits for Oakland.

Derek Norris gave the A's a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI single, and Yoenis Cespedes tied it at 3 with a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

NOTE: Outfielder Craig Gentry was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand, and the A's promoted OF Billy Burns from Double-A Midland. Gentry was injured Sunday at Texas after being hit by a pitch.

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