Bang! Bang! Astros thump away vs Oakland, return to ALCS

Three years after a sign-stealing scheme propelled the Astros to their first championship, Houston's star-studded lineup did little during the regular season to quiet criticism it could only hit when cheating. Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead, three-run homer after Michael Brantley's two-run shot in the fourth inning, helping the Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 11-6 on Thursday to end their home-run heavy AL Division Series in four games. ''We didn't show this too much during the season, but this lineup can do this every night,'' left fielder Kyle Tucker said.


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