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By Jerry Feitelberg
The Oakland A’s beat the Houston Astros 4-3 at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night. The A’s snapped the Astros’ six-game winning streak and with the win, moved just 1 1/2 games behind the Astros for first-place in the AL West.
The A’s sent Edwin Jackson to do the pitching. Jackson gave up a run in the bottom of the second. Astros’ All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa singled leading off to get things going. Correa advanced to second on a passed ball. Marwyn Gonzalez groundout to first and that allowed Correa to go to third. Astros’ first baseman big Tyler White also grounded out, and Correa scored on the play. The Astros led 1-0 after two complete.
The A’s put three runs on the board in the top of the third. With two out, Astros’ starter Charlie Morton walked Jed Lowrie. He then hit Khris Davis with a pitch to put two men on with two out. A’s first baseman Matt Olson blasted his 24th home run of the year off the facade of the second deck in right field.
The Astros tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. The Astros loaded the bases with two out. A’s manager Bob Melvin left Jackson in to face Alex Bregman. Bregman doubled down the left field line to drive in two, and the game was tied at three apiece.
The game was now a contest between the two bullpens. Shawn Kelly got the final out of the fifth, and he pitched a scoreless sixth as well. Fernando Rodney and Jeurys Familia held the Astros scoreless in the seventh and eighth. The Astros ‘pen did the same to the A’s until the top of the ninth. Astros closer Roberto Osuna struck out Marcus Semien for the first out of the ninth. Ramon Laureano worked Osuna for a walk. Jonathan Lucroy singled to men on at first and second. Left Fielder Nick Martini doubled to deep right-center field. Laureano scored. Lucroy would have scored, but the ball bounced over the wall for a ground-rule double. Osuna retired Matt Chapman and Jed Lowrie to end the threat.
Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for the A’s. Treinen set the Astros down 1-2-3 to secure the A’s 4-3 win.
Game Notes: With the win, the A’s are now 80-53, and the Astros are now 81-53.
Jeurys Familia was the winning pitcher, and Roberto Osuna took the loss.
The A’s announced the Brett Anderson was being placed on the 10-day DL due to a forearm strain in his left arm. His teammate, Sean Manaea, also went on the DL with rotator cuff tendinitis in his left shoulder. He went to an orthopedic doctor in LA for a second opinion. It is not known when he will return to action. The A’s recalled Ryan Dull from Nashville to take his spot on the roster.
The A’s announced that Frankie Montas will face Seattle Thursday night. Mike Fiers will pitch on Friday, and Daniel Mengden will start on Saturday.
Up Next: The A’s and Astros conclude their series Wednesday at 11:10 am PDT.
Trevor Cahill (5-3, 3.44 ERA) will start for the A’s Wednesday, and the Astros’ Dallas Keuchal will be his opponent. Cahill has not pitched well on the road this year, and the A’s are hoping for a reversal of fortune.