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Astros defeat Athletics on Hoes' home run in 12th

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics hit balls hard all night that stayed inside the fences, so imagine their surprise when Houston connected when it counted.

L.J. Hoes hit a home run with one out in the top of the 12th, and the Astros beat the A's 3-2 on Tuesday night for their first victory in four tries at the Coliseum this year.

The Astros also earned their first three-game winning streak against the A's in franchise history.

Oakland has been impressed with the strides made by its AL West opponent.

"They're a big-league club. They're going to win, they're going to compete," catcher John Jaso said. "I was surprised [it went out]. I thought it would hit off the wall."

Hoes connected off Fernando Abad (2-4). The baseball-leading A's (61-38) missed several chances to move a season-high 25 games over .500.

Earlier in the day, Hoes' mother, Gale, asked her son to hit a home run for her as she celebrated her birthday.

"It's a really good feeling considering it was my mom's birthday, and that was the last thing she told me to do, to get a homer for her," Hoes said. "To be able to do that for her was a special thing."

Pinch-hitter Jaso hit a two-out single in the 11th and Jed Lowrie drew a walk from Jose Veras, who was replaced by Darin Downs (2-1).

Jose Altuve hit a one-out single in the 10th and tried to steal second. Initially called safe, A's manager Bob Melvin challenged that second baseman Nick Punto tagged him in time. The call was overturned in 1 minute, 3 seconds.

That ended a franchise-record 28 consecutive steals by Altuve without being caught.

Chad Qualls finished for his 11th save in 13 opportunities.

Jed Lowrie tied the game on a sixth-inning sacrifice fly.

Houston's Chris Carter hit a two-run single in the third against his former team and also had a pair of doubles. The Astros couldn't capitalize on his two-out double in the eighth off Luke Gregerson.

Scott Kazmir, who had won his previous two starts and was going for victory No. 12 on the year, struck out six in seven innings. He allowed seven hits and two runs in a duel of lefty starters.

Altuve led off the game with a single up the middle, but center fielder Craig Gentry threw him out at second trying to stretch it for extra bases.

Brett Oberholtzer, making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 12, remained winless in four starts against the A's dating to last season. He didn't strike out a batter for the first time in 13 starts this year.

"Obes did a great job, seven strong innings against a really strong Oakland lineup, and our bullpen obviously did a tremendous job just keeping it right there," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "All those guys passed the baton from one guy to the next."

Astros first baseman Jesus Guzman returned after sitting out Sunday's series finale against the White Sox because of back spasms

When Houston last visited the Coliseum in April, Porter left the dugout in the third to yell at Lowrie moments after the No. 2 hitter flied out following two inside pitches.

Lowrie said the situation dictated that he try to bunt, and it was too early in the game not to look to score even after the A's scored seven runs in the first and led 8-0 after two.

"I respect the game of baseball, and I will leave it at that," Porter said beforehand. "I know it's completely behind me, it's completely behind our team, and it's not even something I would want to drum back up."

Astros outfielder George Springer missed his second straight game with soreness in his right knee and quadriceps.

Notes

Gentry stole his 17th and 18th bases in the A's third. ... The game drew 22,908, a strong showing for a weeknight against the Astros. ... RF Josh Reddick returned from a second stint on the disabled list because of a right knee injury but didn't start. He entered as a pinch-hitter leading off the eighth and stayed in the game. ... A foot issue is keeping Oakland's Stephen Vogt from catching right now. ... A's All-Star 3B Josh Donaldson won the Heart and Hustle Award again. "Those are probably as good of words as you can come up with for him," Melvin said. "He's dirty all the time."

 
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L.J. Hoes, who has struggled for most of the season, comes up big in the 12th inning for Houston.  (Getty Images)
L.J. Hoes, who has struggled for most of the season, comes up big in the 12th inning for Houston. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Houston

C. Carter
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Oakland

S. Kazmir
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 6
 
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Altuve, 2B6130010.338.374.444
Enrique Hernandez, CF5000002.296.367.426
Chris Carter, DH5032010.212.287.472
Matt Dominguez, 3B5010013.239.285.373
Jesus Guzman, 1B4000121.203.281.275
Jason Castro, C5000022.222.294.369
Robbie Grossman, RF4020101.200.318.310
L.J. Hoes, LF5111004.178.235.308
Marwin Gonzalez, SS5110021.280.333.407
Brett Oberholtzer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Josh Fields, P0000000.000.000.000
   Tony Sipp, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jose Veras, P0000000.000.000.000
   Darin Downs, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chad Qualls, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals44311329    
Batting
2B - Chris Carter 2 (16, Kazmir)
HR - L.J. Hoes (3, Abad)
RBI - Chris Carter 2 (43), L.J. Hoes (11)
CS - Jose Altuve (4, 2nd base by Otero/Norris)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Oberholtzer-Altuve-Guzman
E - Robbie Grossman (2, Throwing)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Oberholtzer 7622200 4.32
Josh Fields 2000020 4.42
Tony Sipp 1100020 2.45
Jose Veras 0.2100100 6.65
Darin Downs (W,2-1) 0.1000000 5.18
Chad Qualls (S,11) 1000010 1.78
WP - Tony Sipp (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Oberholtzer 99-65, Josh Fields 26-19, Tony Sipp 16-12, Jose Veras 18-8, Darin Downs 1-1, Chad Qualls 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Oberholtzer 5-15, Josh Fields 1-3, Tony Sipp 1-0, Jose Veras 2-0, Darin Downs 1-0, Chad Qualls 2-0
Batters Faced - Brett Oberholtzer 28, Josh Fields 6, Tony Sipp 4, Jose Veras 4, Darin Downs 1, Chad Qualls 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Coco Crisp, DH6000023.280.376.428
Craig Gentry, CF3110000.272.332.309
   a-Josh Reddick, PH-RF2000011.227.293.354
Yoenis Cespedes, LF-CF4010100.251.303.443
Josh Donaldson, 3B4111110.241.318.457
Derek Norris, C4010003.293.396.481
   b-John Jaso, PH-C1010000.280.357.458
Jed Lowrie, SS3011100.238.318.344
Brandon Moss, RF-LF5010003.266.346.524
Nate Freiman, 1B4000010.219.265.406
   c-Stephen Vogt, PH1000000.361.394.529
Nick Punto, 2B5010001.208.300.286
Scott Kazmir, P0000000.000.000.000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dan Otero, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals4228235    
a-struck out for Gentry in the 8th
b-singled for Norris in the 11th
c-grounded out for Freiman in the 12th
Batting
2B - Yoenis Cespedes (23, Oberholtzer), Josh Donaldson (15, Oberholtzer)
SF - Jed Lowrie (6)
RBI - Josh Donaldson (71), Jed Lowrie (38)
SB - Craig Gentry 2 (18, 2nd base off Oberholtzer/Castro)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Craig Gentry 1
DP - Punto-Lowrie-Freiman
E - Josh Donaldson (17, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Kazmir 7721160 2.32
Luke Gregerson 1100000 2.03
Sean Doolittle 1000110 2.76
Dan Otero 1.2200020 2.28
Fernando Abad (L,2-4) 1111001 2.01
Ryan Cook 0.1000000 2.97
WP - Scott Kazmir (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Kazmir 107-67, Luke Gregerson 20-12, Sean Doolittle 16-10, Dan Otero 22-16, Fernando Abad 14-8, Ryan Cook 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Kazmir 5-8, Luke Gregerson 2-1, Dan Otero 2-0, Fernando Abad 2-1, Ryan Cook 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Kazmir 27, Luke Gregerson 4, Sean Doolittle 4, Dan Otero 6, Fernando Abad 4, Ryan Cook 1
Game Information
Attendance - 22908
Game Time - 4:09
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Adam Hamari, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Mike Everitt