Another night, another record barrage for the Houston Astros.
Barely 24 hours after putting up 21 runs against the Seattle Mariners, the Astros' bats went right back to work Monday, this time against the Oakland Athletics. Houston wasted no time, either, becoming the first team in major-league history to hit six home runs in the first two innings of a game, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Astros third baseman Alex Bregman got things started off Athletics starter Mike Fiers with a long three-run shot, his 35th of the season. Designated hitter Yordan Alvarez followed with a mammoth 429-foot homer for his 23rd of the campaign, breaking Carlos Correa's team rookie record.
In the second inning, Alvarez provided the highlight of the night when he crushed his second homer of the game into the uncharted territory of Minute Maid Park's right-field third deck.
Alvarez became only the second player to reach the third deck. The Milwaukee Brewers' Jeromy Burnitz did it in 2000 - the ballpark's inaugural season, according to Astros historian Mike Acosta.
Fiers - a former Astro - was on the mound for most of the damage. He came into Monday's start having not lost in an Athletics record-tying 21 straight starts but was shelled for nine earned runs and five of the six homers in just one-plus inning of work.
Michael Brantley, Robinson Chirinos, and Jose Altuve also homered for the Astros during the first two innings. Chirinos added a second dinger in the seventh, giving Houston a franchise record-tying seven home runs.
Houston held on to win its club-record 56th home game, 15-0. The Astros have outscored their opponents 36-1 over their last two games, and in the process joined the 1933 Giants as the second team since at least 1908 to score 15-plus runs while allowing one or fewer in consecutive contests, according to Sarah Langs of MLB.com.
The Astros are also the first team since the 1953 Boston Red Sox to win consecutive games by at least 15 runs, according to Elias Sports Bureau.