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Moss powers A's past Astros 13-1

By RICK EYMER
Associated Press
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) A warm day helped Brandon Moss reach another milestone and it helped Jeff Samardzija enjoy even more run support.

Moss hit a grand slam and the Oakland Athletics gave Samardzija more run support than he has had all season in a 13-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday.

''I didn't realize it went over the fence,'' Moss said. ''I thought it was going to be a sacrifice fly. Then I saw it bounce around and was shocked. That's not a home run at night. Being a day game, the ball carries better.''

Jed Lowrie had three hits and drove in a run for the A's, who have the best record (63-38) in baseball and are a season-best 25 games over .500.

Chris Carter hit a home run for the Astros, who fell to 2-4 since the All-Star break.

Samardzija (2-1) gave up a leadoff single to Jose Altuve and then retired 10 straight before Carter's 20th home run put Houston on the board. He did not walk a batter and struck out six.

He retired 12 of 13 following Carter's blast. Carter was the lone Astro to get past second base against Samardzija, who received a combined 13 runs of support over his final six starts with the Cubs.

''I was just trying to get quick innings and not keep the defense out there very long,'' Samardzija said. ''I wanted to keep them in hitting rhythm. When you get a lead like that, you just take a deep breath.''

Samardzija was 2-7 with the Cubs despite a 2.83 ERA. He entered with the third-lowest run support in the majors at 3.05 runs per outing.

''I'm having a lot of fun playing here,'' Samardzija said. ''I just attacked the zone and threw a lot of fastballs.''

Scott Feldman (4-8) lost his straight start, lasting 5 1-3 innings. He allowed six runs and nine hits, walking five and striking out four.

''He battled but at the same time they did a tremendous job of hitting with runners in scoring position,'' Astros manager Bo Porter said. ''That's pretty much what was the difference in the ballgame.''

Feldman allowed at least six runs for just the third time this season but for the second time in three starts. He has allowed 16 runs and 27 hits over his last 17 2-3 innings.

''It was a battle for him all day,'' Porter said. ''Early in the game he really had his breaking ball working, and they started laying off and made him come back into the zone.''

The A's were ahead 4-1 entering the sixth inning when Moss hit his third grand slam of the season.

''You want to cash them in with runners on base,'' Moss said. ''It was a situation where the guy had to make a good pitch and I hit it. I had the bases loaded in the at-bat before and ended up hitting a weak grounder to first.''

Stephen Vogt added a three-run double in the eighth. Josh Reddick, who had two doubles, added a sacrifice fly.

Donaldson and Derek Norris, who had three hits, each drove in runs in the third. Sogard scored on a wild pitch. Crisp's sacrifice fly in the fourth put the A's ahead, 4-1.

NOTES: RHP Jim Johnson was designated for assignment before the game, ending a short, tumultuous relationship with the A's fans, who have booed him since opening day. ... A's OF Yoenis Cespedes (sprained right thumb) could return to the starting lineup on Friday. ... A's INF Alberto Callaspo (right hamstring strain) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on Saturday. .. RHP Jason Hammel (0-2, 9.00) is scheduled to make his third start for the A's against the Rangers in Texas on Friday. ... LHP Dallas Keuchel (9-6, 3.29) starts for the Astros at home against Miami, which begins a 10-day, 10-game homestand, the longest of the season. ... Samardzija improved to 21-3 lifetime when receiving at least three runs of support.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

B. Moss
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 4
Oakland

J. Samardzija
IP 8.0
H 5
ER 1
BB 0
K 6
 

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Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Altuve, 2B4020020.338.374.441
Robbie Grossman, RF-CF4010023.204.320.309
Chris Carter, DH4111002.213.288.480
Marc Krauss, LF4010001.178.271.305
Jon Singleton, 1B4000011.179.263.340
Matt Dominguez, 3B4000011.236.282.367
Carlos Corporan, C3010000.256.299.427
Enrique Hernandez, CF-SS3000001.295.358.410
Marwin Gonzalez, SS2000000.271.323.394
   L.J. Hoes, RF1000001.174.231.303
Scott Feldman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Anthony Bass, P0000000.000.000.000
   Josh Zeid, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3316106    
Batting
HR - Chris Carter (20, Samardzija)
RBI - Chris Carter (45)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - M. Gonzalez-Singleton
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman (L,4-8) 5.1966540 4.60
Anthony Bass 1.2233101 6.33
Josh Zeid 1344000 6.97
IBB - Moss by Scott Feldman
WP - Scott Feldman (4), Anthony Bass (2)
HBP - Donaldson (by Anthony Bass), Moss (by Josh Zeid)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 117-68, Anthony Bass 32-19, Josh Zeid 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 5-6, Anthony Bass 3-2, Josh Zeid 1-2
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 29, Anthony Bass 9, Josh Zeid 7
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Coco Crisp, CF4111002.278.377.422
   Craig Gentry, CF0000000.271.330.307
John Jaso, DH4000124.284.362.461
Josh Donaldson, 3B3221100.245.326.457
   Nick Punto, PR-3B0100000.208.300.286
Brandon Moss, LF3214113.266.347.526
Derek Norris, C4231100.302.404.486
Stephen Vogt, 1B5023003.357.387.519
   Nate Freiman, PR-1B0100000.219.265.406
Jed Lowrie, SS5131002.243.321.355
Josh Reddick, RF4121012.238.303.376
Eric Sogard, 2B3200202.198.270.228
Jeff Samardzija, P0000000.176.167.265
   Evan Scribner, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3513141264    
Batting
2B - Stephen Vogt (5, Zeid), Josh Reddick 2 (6, Feldman)
HR - Brandon Moss (23, Bass)
SF - Coco Crisp (5), Josh Reddick (1)
RBI - Coco Crisp (32), Josh Donaldson (72), Brandon Moss 4 (71), Derek Norris (39), Stephen Vogt 3 (21), Jed Lowrie (40), Josh Reddick (25)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Donaldson (21), Derek Norris (19), Jed Lowrie (13)
SB - Josh Donaldson (4, 2nd base off Feldman/Corporan), Eric Sogard (8, 3rd base off Feldman/Corporan)
Team LOB - 8
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija (W,4-8) 8511061 2.80
Evan Scribner 1100000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 101-70, Evan Scribner 16-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 7-11, Evan Scribner 2-1
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 29, Evan Scribner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 22759
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Adam Hamari, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez