For the second consecutive game, the Astros set an MLB record.

The bad kind.

By striking out 13 times during an 8-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Friday at Minute Maid Park, the Astros became the first club in 90 years to record four consecutive games with at least 13 strikeouts at any point during the season.

The Astros have struck out 56 times in 129 at-bats (43.4 percent).

In addition, first baseman Brett Wallace set a record for the most strikeouts (11) in the first four games of a season. Wallace, who’s 1-for-14, eclipsed Pat Burrell’s 2001 mark of 10 with Philadelphia.

The Astros’ hit list:

Sunday vs. Rangers – 8-2, win 13 strikeouts

Tuesday vs. Rangers – 7-0, loss 15 strikeouts

Wednesday vs. Rangers – 4-0, loss 15 strikeouts

Friday vs. A’s – 8-3, loss 13 strikeouts


Oakland righthander Dan Straily set a career high Friday with 11 Ks, becoming the fourth consecutive starter who’s faced the Astros who’s either tied or set a career high in strikeouts. Straily told the Oakland media he prepared for the Astros by watching footage of Rangers starter Yu Darvish, who came one out away from throwing a perfect game Tuesday against the struggling team.

Astros rightfielder Rick Ankiel went 0-for-4 against the A’s with four strikeouts, while Wallace was 0-for-4 with three Ks.

Jose Altuve (7-for-16), Justin Maxwell (.286 batting average) and Marwin Gonzalez (.429) are the only regular Astros posting decent early numbers; Altuve’s clearly been the Astros’ best player.

The majority of the Astros’ starters are alternately being over-aggressive at the plate or failing to barrel up balls in their strike zone.