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Corporan, Astros sink A's in 11

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Two days after homering in the eighth inning to break up Yu Darvish's no-hitter, Houston's Carlos Corporan came up with another timely late hit.

Just like that, the Astros have a winning streak and their first series win in nearly two months.

Corporan hit an RBI double off reliever Sean Doolittle in the 11th inning to drive in Jose Altuve, lifting Houston to a 2-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

"I was ready for the fastball and he threw it," Corporan said. "As soon as I hit it I thought it's either a homer or a double and we're going to score."

Corporan's hit came after Oakland nearly won the game in the bottom of the 10th when Houston left fielder Robbie Grossman made a leaping grab of Chris Young's deep fly at the fence.

It's the first time the Astros have had back-to-back wins since June 15-16 when they took three of four from the Chicago White Sox. That's also the last time Houston won a series.

"That was a big hit by Corporan," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "He's actually got big hits all year. You look at the year [catcher Jason] Castro's having, a lot of that credit goes to Corporan being a great backup and giving him opportunities to take days off."

Jose Altuve singled with one out Doolittle (3-4) and was headed for third on Corporan's double to left-center when Young bobbled the ball. Altuve alertly rounded third and scored the tiebreaking run while Corporan was caught in a rundown between second and third.

Corporan had entered the game as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the ninth.

"We've been playing pretty good," Corporan said. "Things are going our way now. It's our turn."

Chris Carter homered and Jonathan Villar added two hits for the Astros. Houston has won the first two games of this series after dropping 11 of the first 12 between the two division rivals.

Lucas Harrell (6-13) pitched one inning for the win while Josh Fields earned his second save.

Yoenis Cespedes singled and scored Oakland's run. The A's have dropped nine of 13 and fell two games behind first-place Texas in the West.

"It just seemed like it was frustrating from the beginning and got more frustrating as the game went on," said A's manager Bob Melvin, who was ejected in the eighth inning after arguing a close play at third base.

"You have to try and put that away and keep your wits about you and not get frustrated."

Houston won despite Oakland getting the tying run on base in the bottom of the 11th.

Eric Sogard hit a leadoff double but Fields struck out Alberto Callaspo, Jed Lowrie and Josh Reddick to end it.

Carter, the former A's first baseman, homered off A's starter Jarrod Parker leading off the seventh. It's Carter's third in his last five games.

Brandon Moss' RBI double in the seventh off Houston reliever Phil Humber tied it.

Both starting pitchers were stellar but left with no decision.

Houston's Jarred Cosart, the first pitcher in franchise history to begin his career with five consecutive starts of five-plus innings while allowing two or fewer runs, kept the A's silent early. He allowed only one runner past first base through six innings and didn't give up a fly ball out until Josh Donaldson's sinking liner to center leading off the fifth.

The Astros also backed him with solid defense. Houston turned a double play to end the third, and center fielder Brandon Barnes made a running catch near the wall to rob Seth Smith of extra bases in the sixth.

Parker pitched a career-best 8 1/3 innings for Oakland and had six strikeouts. The right-hander faced just two over the minimum through the fifth and made his only mistake came in the seventh when he gave up Carter's team-leading 22nd home run of the season.

Melvin was ejected in the eighth after arguing a call by third base umpire Doug Eddings.

Sogard doubled leading off the inning but was thrown out on a close play trying to advance on Nate Freiman's deep fly to center. Melvin scampered out of the dugout to dispute the call before getting tossed.

Notes

  • Castro's single in the ninth extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12 games.
  • Carter's home run was his first against his former club. He was traded to Houston in the offseason as part of Oakland's deal to acquire Lowrie.
  • A's C John Jaso still has not been cleared to resume baseball activities but the team is hopeful he can return this season. Jaso met with a concussion specialist in Pittsburgh earlier this week.
  • CF Coco Crisp was held out of the lineup after getting a cortisone injection in his wrist on Tuesday.
  • The Astros called up INF Marwin Gonzalez from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned RHP Jorge DeLeon down.
  • Houston traded minor league LHP Travis Blackley to Texas in exchange for a player to be named later and cash considerations.
 
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Jose Altuve scores the go-ahead run for the Astros, who win the first two games of the series against the A's. (USATSI)
Jose Altuve scores the go-ahead run for the Astros, who win the first two games of the series against the A's. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Parker
IP 8.1
H 8
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
Houston

C. Carter
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Robbie Grossman, LF5010012 .243
Brett Wallace, 1B4010031 .216
   a-Jake Elmore, PH-1B1000000 .237
Jose Altuve, 2B5120001 .283
Jason Castro, C4010023 .272
   Carlos Corporan, C1011000 .252
Chris Carter, DH5111020 .211
Matt Dominguez, 3B3000101 .228
Brandon Barnes, CF4000020 .238
L.J. Hoes, RF4010001 .240
Jonathan Villar, SS4030001 .254
Totals402112110  
a-fouled out for Wallace in the 11th
Batting
2B - Carlos Corporan (4, Doolittle)
HR - Chris Carter (22, Parker)
RBI - Carlos Corporan (17), Chris Carter (56)
CS - L.J. Hoes (1, 2nd base by Parker/Vogt), Jonathan Villar (4, 2nd base by Parker/Vogt)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brandon Barnes 1
DP - Altuve-Villar-Wallace, Altuve-Villar-Wallace-Barnes-Dominguez
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarred Cosart 6300140 1.15
Philip Humber (BS,2) 1.1311010 9.49
Kevin Chapman 1.2000000 0.00
Lucas Harrell (W,6-13) 1000000 5.30
Josh Fields (S,2) 1100020 6.85
WP - Jarred Cosart (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarred Cosart 99-58, Philip Humber 25-17, Kevin Chapman 11-7, Lucas Harrell 13-7, Josh Fields 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarred Cosart 9-4, Philip Humber 2-1, Kevin Chapman 1-3
Batters Faced - Jarred Cosart 21, Philip Humber 7, Kevin Chapman 4, Lucas Harrell 3, Josh Fields 4
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4010112 .255
Seth Smith, DH3000002 .244
   a-Nate Freiman, PH-DH1000001 .267
   b-Jed Lowrie, PH-DH1000011 .285
Josh Reddick, RF5010022 .215
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4110001 .231
Brandon Moss, 1B4011010 .240
Josh Donaldson, 3B4010001 .297
Stephen Vogt, C4000021 .250
Chris Young, CF4000002 .189
Eric Sogard, SS4020000 .273
Totals3817117  
a-flied out for Smith in the 8th
b-struck out for Freiman in the 11th
Batting
2B - Brandon Moss (12, Humber), Eric Sogard 2 (21, Humber)
RBI - Brandon Moss (54)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Chris Young 1
DP - Sogard-Callaspo-Moss
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jarrod Parker 8.1811161 3.87
Ryan Cook 0.2000010 2.03
Grant Balfour 1100020 1.91
Sean Doolittle (L,3-4) 1211010 2.92
WP - Ryan Cook (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Jarrod Parker 97-66, Ryan Cook 8-6, Grant Balfour 22-14, Sean Doolittle 22-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jarrod Parker 10-6, Ryan Cook 1-0
Batters Faced - Jarrod Parker 31, Ryan Cook 2, Grant Balfour 4, Sean Doolittle 4
Game Information
Attendance - 18278
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth