The Astros continue to shine as they beat the A’s 5-1

June 21, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick, left, slides to score behind Oakland Athletics catcher Josh Phegley during the sixth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND– The Houston Astros continued their mastery of the Oakland A’s at the Coliseum as they beat the A’s 5-1 Wednesday night. The A’s Sean Manaea and Houston’s Mike Fiers were locked in a pitcher’s duel for the first five innings of the game. The Astros broke through in the sixth when they sent eight men to bat and scored three runs on five hits, all singles. Fiers went six-plus innings, and the Houston bullpen allowed the A’s just one run and one hit the rest of the way.

Sean Manaea was cruising along with a two-hit shutout through the first five innings against Houston. The Astros, with the best record in the American League, touched Manaea for five hits and three runs in the sixth. Jose Altuve led off the inning with a single. Carlos Correa also singled sending Altuve to third. Correa advanced to second when the throw from the outfield missed the cutoff man. The next hitter Evan Gattis, who loves to kill the A’s, singled to drive in Altuve and Correa. Gattis went to second on a single by Yuli Gurriel and then scored on a single by Jake Marisnick. The A’s failed to score in their half of the six and now trail 3-0. Sean Manaea night was over as Bob Melvin brought in Ryan Madson to pitch in the top of the seventh.

The A’s scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to send Fiers to the showers. Yonder Alonso led off the inning with a double to right. Ryon Healy walked to put men on at first nd second. Astros’ manager A.J.Hinch brought in lefty Tony Sipp to pitch to Jaycob Brugman. Brugman hit into a fielder’s choice, and that allowed Alonso to advance to third. Stephen Vogt, pinch-hitting for Rajai Davis, hit a slow roller that Jose Altuve had to field and Altuve threw to the pitcher for the out, Alonso scored on the play. Houston still leads 3-1 after seven innings of play.

The Astros scored an insurance run in the top of the eighth. With one out, Yuli Furriel singled to left. Third baseman Alex Bregman followed with another single to left sending Gurriel to third. Gurriel scored on a sacrifice fly. Houston’s Carlos Correa hit a solo homer with two out in the top of the ninth off Josh Smith. It was Correa’s 14th of the year and upped Houston’s lead to 5-1. The A’s failed to score in the bottom of the ninth and fall to Houston for the third game in a row.

Game Notes-Mike Fiers was the winning pitcher, and his record is now 5-2. Fiers is 4-0 in his last five starts. The Astros have now won 9 straight games at the Oakland Coliseum and 14 of the last 15 against the A’s. The Astros are now 49-24, and that is the best record in all of baseball.

The A’s are now ten games under .500 with a record of 31-41 and have lost three in a row. Houston will o for the sweep Thursday. Righty David Paulino (1-0, 5.03 ERA) will pitch for the Astros, and the A’s will counter with Jesse Hahn. Hahn pitched well against the Yankees last week, and he is 3-4 with a 3.56 ERA. The A’s leave after the game for a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox and then off to Houston to play the Astros for three more.

The line score for Oakland was one run on four hits and one error. It was the 67th error of the year for Oakland.Houston’s line was five runs on ten hits and one error.

Time of game was three hours and six minutes and a small crowd of 12,277 people watched the A’s lose for the 41st time this year.

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