Astros snap A’s four-game win streak,three homers beat Oakland 4-1

June 19, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Houston Astros’ George Springer, right, celebrates with Carlos Correa (1) after hitting a home run off Oakland Athletics’ John Axford in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, June 19, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND-The visiting Houston Astros showed the A’s and the fans several reasons why hey have the best record in the American League as they sent the A’s down to defeat 4-1 Monday night at the Coliseum. The A’s starting pitcher Daniel Gossett, making his second career start, pitched very well for Oakland. Gossett, who was routed in Miami last week, went six and 2/3rds innings and allowed six hits and two runs.

He did not walk a batter and struck out six, He deserves a better fate but the Astros’ Brad Peacock, a former Athletic, did a better job as he allowed just four hits and just one run. The Astros’ offense hit three homers that produced all four runs. The ‘Stros came into the game having hit 109 homers and trailed the Yankees by one for the league lead. They now lead the league with 112 as the Yankees were idle on Monday. The Astros bullpen of Will Harris, Chris Devenski, and Ken Giles did not allow a hit over the last 3 and 1/3rd innings of play. The Astros have power, speed, good defense, and pitching. All the ingredients needed to make a winning team.

A’s starter Daniel Gossett was cruising along nicely until the fifth inning. Evan Gattis, who has killed the A’s in the past, led off the inning with his second double of the night. Gossett retired the next two hitters. However, the Astros’ Jake Marisnic, who had two strikes on him, took Gossett deep with a drive that went over 400 feet to give Houston the lead 2-0.

The A’s cut the deficit to just one run in the bottom of the sixth. With one out, Matt Joyce continued his hot hitting with a double to right. Peacock walked Chad Pinder to put men on at first and second with Jed Lowrie coming to bat. Lowrie, who has been a doubles machine this year, came through with a double to right-center-field to drive in Joyce with the A’s first run. Pinder, running all the way from first, was nailed at the plate on a very strong throw from shortstop Carlos Correa, who was the relay man. The A’s trail 2-1 after six complete.

The Astros stretched the lead to 3-1 in the top of the eighth. George Springer, leading off the inning, nailed John Axford for his twentieth home run of the year to give the Astros an insurance run. The Astros scored another run in the top of the ninth. With one out, Derek Fisher, playing left field for Houston, hit his second big fly of the season into the right-field bleachers to make it 4-1 in favor of Houston with the A’s coming up with just three outs left. Houston’s closer Ken Giles retired the A’s in order to secure the win for Brad Peacock, and Giles recorded his seventeenth save.

Game Notes- The Astros, with the win, are now 47-24 for the year, and the A’s are now eight games under .500 with a mark of 31-39. The Astros snapped the A’s modest four-game winning streak.

Game two of the four-game set will feature the A’s, Sonny Gray handling the pitching chores for Oakland. Gray will be seeking his third win of the season. The Astros will counter with Francis Martes who is 1-0 and has an ERA of 5.19.

Time of game was two hours and fifty-six minutes and 10,482 people watched the A’s go down to defeat.

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