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Straily pitches gem as A's keep edge atop AL West

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Dan Straily was so good Saturday he rode a stationary bike after his sparkling outing. He needed more work.

Straily pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie homered as the A's won for the seventh time in nine games to remain on top of the AL West. They began the day with a half-game lead over Texas.

"I guess it's a good thing when you have to ride the bike after the game," Straily said. "I had good fastball command and it helped set up my other pitches."

Straily (9-7) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked one in his third consecutive victory. The right-hander has a 1.50 ERA over 18 innings during his winning streak.

Dan Otero allowed a run in the eighth, but Sean Doolittle got four outs for his first save in four chances, completing the five-hitter.

"That was awesome," Doolittle said of Straily. "He was in control all day long. That was a really big start. It was only a one-run lead but it kind of seemed like the game was in hand with him on the mound."

Doolittle said he was a little more ramped up for his second career save as well.

"It's a different beast going out there for the save," he said. "That was a rush for sure."

Brandon Barnes had a run-scoring fielder's choice for Houston's only run. The major league-worst Astros have dropped nine of 12.

Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer (4-2) pitched six stellar innings, allowing one run and seven hits.

Straily retired his last nine hitters and 12 of his final 13 batters. He allowed one runner to reach third and he was stranded when Jonathan Villar was thrown out at second by Cespedes trying to stretch his single.

"With them being an aggressive team, which you can see all over the field, sometimes it can help if I can match that aggressiveness," Straily said.

Matt Dominguez hit a leadoff double in the fifth, but Straily struck out Chris Carter and Brett Wallace, and Matt Pagnozzi grounded out to shortstop.

Oberholtzer gave up Cespedes' 22nd homer leading off the fourth. After Nate Freiman singled, Oberholtzer retired nine of his final 11 hitters.

"He pitched very well," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "He left the one pitch up to Cespedes and Cespedes put a charge into it but overall he did a tremendous job of battling and kept us right there."

Lowrie connected with two out in the seventh against Josh Zeid.

Wallace doubled with one out in the eighth and eventually scored on Barnes' slow grounder to the pitcher. Barnes stole second and then tried to take third, but Doolittle stepped off the mound and easily threw him out.

"I couldn't believe he tried to go again," A's catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "It was a tie game and he's a fast guy. We did the inside move and he was running again. Good for us."

Notes

  • A's LHP Hideki Okajima cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento.
  • A's OF Coco Crisp was given a scheduled day off.
  • RHP Bartolo Colon (14-6, 2.90) starts the series finale on Sunday for the Athletics. He's lost his last three decisions.
  • Cespedes is hitting .393 (11 for 28) in September.
  • The Astros will send RHP Paul Clemens (4-4, 5.91) to the mound on Sunday. Clemens is making his third start after 30 relief appearances.
  • Astros OF Robbie Grossman (strained oblique) missed his fourth consecutive game and remains day-to-day.
  • RHP Edgar Gonzalez (right shoulder strain) was added to the roster at Double-A Corpus Christi and was scheduled to pitch an inning on Saturday.
  • Houston C Carlos Corporan (concussion) played five innings for the Hooks on Friday night and was in the starting lineup again Saturday.
  • Carter leads the AL with 189 strikeouts.
  • The Astros recalled INF Brandon Laird, OF Jim Paredes, RHP David Martinez and RHP Rhiner Cruz from Triple-A Oklahoma City. All will be available on Sunday.
 
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Dan Straily tosses seven innings of 2-hit ball with seven strikeouts for Oakland, which maintains its division lead. (USATSI)
Dan Straily tosses seven innings of 2-hit ball with seven strikeouts for Oakland, which maintains its division lead. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

D. Straily
IP 7.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 7
Houston

B. Oberholtzer
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 0
K 5
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jonathan Villar, SS4010001 .276
Jose Altuve, 2B4010010 .277
Trevor Crowe, RF4000001 .248
Jason Castro, DH4000021 .276
Matt Dominguez, 3B3010010 .239
Chris Carter, LF3000021 .219
Brett Wallace, 1B3110011 .232
Matt Pagnozzi, C2000001 .100
   a-Marc Krauss, PH1010000 .174
Brandon Barnes, CF2001100 .243
Totals3015117  
a-singled for Pagnozzi in the 8th
Batting
2B - Matt Dominguez (21, Straily), Brett Wallace (13, Otero)
RBI - Brandon Barnes (39)
SB - Brandon Barnes (11, 2nd base off Doolittle/Suzuki)
CS - Brandon Barnes (11, 3rd base by Doolittle/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Trevor Crowe 1
E - Matt Dominguez (13, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Oberholtzer (L,4-2) 6711051 2.65
Josh Zeid 1311001 5.82
Lo Chia-Jen 1000000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Oberholtzer 100-69, Josh Zeid 21-15, Lo Chia-Jen 6-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Oberholtzer 4-9, Josh Zeid 1-2
Batters Faced - Brett Oberholtzer 25, Josh Zeid 6, Lo Chia-Jen 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jed Lowrie, SS4121000 .290
Chris Young, CF4020002 .197
Josh Donaldson, 3B4020003 .297
Yoenis Cespedes, LF4121013 .236
Nate Freiman, 1B3010011 .282
   Daric Barton, 1B1000000 .216
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4010001 .258
Derek Norris, DH3000033 .230
   a-Seth Smith, PH-DH1000000 .239
Michael Choice, RF2000001 .143
   b-Brandon Moss, PH-RF1000000 .247
Kurt Suzuki, C3000000 .228
Totals34210205  
a-flied out for Norris in the 8th
b-flied out for Choice in the 7th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (15, Oberholtzer), Josh Donaldson (34, Zeid)
HR - Jed Lowrie (11, Zeid), Yoenis Cespedes (22, Oberholtzer)
RBI - Jed Lowrie (62), Yoenis Cespedes (64)
2-OUT RBI - Jed Lowrie (20)
SB - Yoenis Cespedes (7, 3rd base off Oberholtzer/Pagnozzi)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Yoenis Cespedes 1
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Straily (W,9-7) 7200170 4.15
Dan Otero (H,6) 0.2211000 1.41
Sean Doolittle (S,1) 1.1100000 3.41
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 103-67, Dan Otero 19-13, Sean Doolittle 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 8-5, Dan Otero 1-1
Batters Faced - Dan Straily 23, Dan Otero 4, Sean Doolittle 4
Game Information
Attendance - 20340
Game Time - 2:54
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Al Porter