Álvarez hits 2 HRs, drives in 5 runs as Astros beat A’s 9-6

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Oakland Athletics Chad Pinder, left, is tagged out at home by Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado, right, during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON (AP) — Yordan Álvarez hit two homers and drove in five runs, José Altuve drove in the go-ahead run with a single, and the Houston Astros rallied to beat the Oakland Athletics 9-6 for their fifth straight win. Álvarez, who was activated off the paternity list on Monday, hit a two-run homer to center in the first and had a three-run shot to left in the fifth to tie the game at 6-all and end the night for Oakland starter Chris Bassitt. Alvarez had his second multi-homer game of the season, with the last coming against the New York Yankees on May 6.