Davis’ 2 Homers Not Enough, A’s Drop Fifth Straight in Houston 9-4

April 28, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics’ Khris Davis (2) hits a home run as Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis reaches for the pitch during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, April 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

By Matthew T.F. Harrington

Two home runs from Khris Davis weren’t enough for the Oakland A’s to snap a four-game losing streak Friday night in Houston, with the Astros erasing a 3-0 deficit to win 9-4. Jharel Cotton (2-3, 5.00 ERA) gave up 6 runs over 4 1/3 innings for the A’s, being outdueled by Charlie Morton (2-2, 4.50 ERA) and his 10 K’s.

Davis continued his red-hot 2017 season, launching a three-run shot in the top of the first inning for his 8th homer of the year. The Astros erased the 3-0 lead though with Carlos Beltran, Yuli Gurriel and Evan Gattis all plating runs.

Davis took Morton deep again in the top of the 3rd, this time with the bases empty to give Oakland a 4-3 lead. It’d be the last run Morton gave up on the night, finishing the game with 7 innings, 5 hits and a dozen punchouts.

Cotton, however, yielded a single in the bottom of the 4th, then couldn’t escape the fifth inning after giving up an RBI single to Evan Gattis and watching as Ryan Dull let an inherited runner score on a sacrifice fly by Alex Bregman. Cotton’s night was over after 4 1/3 innings and six runs, half earned, while striking out four.

Dull closed out the rest of the 5th inning, then made way for longman Cesar Valdez to close out the final three innings of the game with Oakland down 6-4. Gurriel tagged Valdez for a solo homer in the bottom of the 7th, then Carlos Correa doubled in a pair in the 8th to hand Houston the decisive lead. For Houston, former Athletic Luke Gregerson and Ken Giles pitched scoreless innings to hand Oakland a fifth-straight loss.

The A’s will call on Andrew Triggs to right the ship Saturday. Triggs recently fell victim to an 11-1 drubbing from the Seattle Mariners Sunday in what has otherwise been a surprising start. The reliever turned starter has gone 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA this season. He’s opposed by Joe Musgrove for Houston.

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