Aoki powers Astros over A’s

The Associated Press

Houston’s Nori Aoki, right, celebrates with Jose Altuve after homering in the fifth inning on Friday in Oakland.

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Nori Aoki flexed his muscles in the dugout after hitting his first home run in a Houston uniform. He wanted to make sure his new teammates knew he had plenty of power.

Aoki homered and drove in two runs to help the Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 7-2 Friday night for their third straight win.

“He wanted to make sure we all recognized that he’s plenty strong enough to hit the ball near the upper deck in this ball park,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “He got into it. It was fun to watch him. One of the bigger smiles I’ve seen on his face in his short time here.”

Brian McCann had three RBIs with a two-run double and a sacrifice fly to help Dallas Keuchel (2-0) win in Oakland for the first time in seven games, including six starts.

A’s starter Kendall Graveman took a shutout into the fifth inning, which Aoki ruined with a leadoff homer over the right-field fence.

“I don’t know I just hit it,” Aoki said through an interpreter. “I’m just happy to contribute to the team.”


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