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Athletics rally for 6 runs in 9th, beat Astros 7-4


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HOUSTON (AP) Brandon Moss was having a frustrating night before the ninth inning.

Mired in an 0-for-14 rut, Moss turned things around on one pitch.

He hit a go-ahead single during a six-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Oakland Athletics to a 7-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Josh Reddick homered for the AL West-leading A's and Yoenis Cespedes had three hits, including two doubles.

''It had not been a very good day until that last at-bat,'' Moss said. ''I was just trying to battle, stay on the ball a little bit. Get on base any way I could. If I got a good pitch to hit, hit it hard.''

Oakland trailed 4-1 in the ninth before pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo had a two-run single off closer Chad Qualls (1-2).

After Houston couldn't turn a potential game-ending double play on John Jaso's grounder, Jed Lowrie walked and Cespedes tied it with a single.

Moss ended his slump with the RBI single off Tony Sipp and then Josh Donaldson hit a two-run double off Jose Veras.

''We always have confidence in him,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said of Moss. ''He's played himself into a role here this year where he's getting at-bats against left-handers, too, and doing some damage, and no more than that one right there.''

Evan Scribner (1-0) got the win and Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

''They just found some holes when they needed to and hit the ball on the screws when they needed to,'' Qualls said. ''I just didn't get it done.''

Marwin Gonzalez homered off the left-field foul pole in the first inning to give the Astros a 1-0 lead. Enrique Hernandez had an RBI triple as part of a two-run fifth and an RBI double in seventh to give the Astros the 4-1 lead.

''Any time you lose games in the eighth or ninth inning, those are tough games to lose,'' Houston manager Bo Porter said. ''We were in position to win the ballgame and just were not able to close it out.''

Astros starter Scott Feldman allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He rebounded after one of his worst outings of the season Thursday at Oakland in which he gave up six runs in 5 1-3 innings.

A's starter Jeff Samardzija gave up four runs and six hits with seven strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.

''I'm not happy with how I pitched, but to keep it close and give these guys a chance, sometimes that's all I need,'' Samardzija said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Outfielder Coco Crisp, who has missed the last two games with a neck strain, had an MRI on his neck Monday. The exam showed no changes, A's manager Bob Melvin said.

Astros: Outfielder George Springer, who has been on the disabled list since July 20 with a right quad strain, took batting practice Tuesday. ''It's big to be out here and just to get some swings,'' Springer said.

ON DECK

Right-hander Jason Hammel will try to get his first win with the A's after going 0-3 with a 7.11 ERA in his first three starts since being acquired July 5 from the Cubs. Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel, who is 9-7 with a 3.11 ERA, will try to follow up a solid outing in a 2-0 loss to Miami in the final game of the three-game series Wednesday.

OAKLAND NEVER OUT OF IT

The win Tuesday was the A's sixth this season when trailing after eight innings and was the second time the A's scored at least six runs in the ninth this year after Oakland scored seven runs in the top of the ninth on April 25, also at Houston.

A STREAK CONTINUED AND SNAPPED

Houston second baseman Jose Altuve extended his hitting streak to 11 games with his RBI single in the fifth. The streak is Altuve's second-longest of the season after a 12-game streak from May 8-21. Astros outfielder Robbie Grossman was 0 for his last 13 before a single in the fifth.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Reddick
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Houston

E. Hernandez
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
John Jaso, DH5110001.285.358.465
Jed Lowrie, SS3100210.241.323.357
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5131012.258.306.468
Brandon Moss, RF5111004.260.341.505
Josh Donaldson, 3B4012100.246.328.461
Stephen Vogt, 1B4000112.351.381.530
Derek Norris, C4120104.299.399.473
Josh Reddick, CF4221002.246.305.406
Eric Sogard, 2B3000000.201.273.240
   a-Alberto Callaspo, PH1012000.237.310.310
   Billy Burns, PR0000000.000.000.000
   Nick Punto, 2B0000000.206.298.280
Jeff Samardzija, P0000000.176.167.265
   Dan Otero, P0000000.000.000.000
   Evan Scribner, P0000000.000.000.000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals38711753    
a-singled for Sogard in the 9th
Batting
2B - Yoenis Cespedes 2 (26, Feldman), Josh Donaldson (17, Veras), Josh Reddick (7, Qualls)
HR - Josh Reddick (6, Feldman)
RBI - Yoenis Cespedes (67), Brandon Moss (72), Josh Donaldson 2 (75), Josh Reddick (28), Alberto Callaspo 2 (33)
2-OUT RBI - Yoenis Cespedes (20), Brandon Moss (30), Josh Donaldson 2 (23)
SB - Yoenis Cespedes (3, 3rd base off Feldman/Castro)
Team LOB - 9
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeff Samardzija 6.2644271 2.92
Dan Otero 0.1000100 2.36
Evan Scribner (W,1-0) 1000020 1.69
Sean Doolittle (S,16) 1000010 2.59
IBB - Altuve by Dan Otero
WP - Jeff Samardzija (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 104-63, Dan Otero 9-4, Evan Scribner 9-7, Sean Doolittle 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 8-4, Dan Otero 1-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 27, Dan Otero 2, Evan Scribner 3, Sean Doolittle 3
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Jose Altuve, 2B3011100.343.378.449
Marwin Gonzalez, SS4111012.273.321.401
Chris Carter, DH3000110.212.291.474
Jason Castro, C4010020.226.293.384
Marc Krauss, LF4000032.191.274.336
   L.J. Hoes, LF0000000.170.226.295
Jon Singleton, 1B3100112.172.266.337
Matt Dominguez, 3B4000000.231.275.363
Robbie Grossman, RF4110021.192.304.287
Enrique Hernandez, CF3122000.289.357.434
Scott Feldman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Josh Fields, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chad Qualls, P0000000.000.000.000
   Tony Sipp, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jose Veras, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals32464310    
Batting
2B - Enrique Hernandez (4, Samardzija)
3B - Enrique Hernandez (2, Samardzija)
HR - Marwin Gonzalez (5, Samardzija)
RBI - Jose Altuve (33), Marwin Gonzalez (15), Enrique Hernandez 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Enrique Hernandez (4)
SB - Robbie Grossman (4, 2nd base off Samardzija/Norris)
CS - Jose Altuve (6, 2nd base by Samardzija/Norris)
Team LOB - 4
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman 7511311 4.39
Josh Fields (H,5) 1000010 4.08
Chad Qualls (L,1-2; BS,3) 0.2455110 3.19
Tony Sipp 0111000 2.56
Jose Veras 0.1100100 6.00
IBB - Vogt by Jose Veras
WP - Chad Qualls (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 95-59, Josh Fields 18-12, Chad Qualls 22-15, Tony Sipp 7-4, Jose Veras 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 5-15, Josh Fields 1-1, Chad Qualls 1-0, Jose Veras 1-0
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 29, Josh Fields 3, Chad Qualls 7, Tony Sipp 1, Jose Veras 3
Game Information
Attendance - 16940
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Cory Blaser, Second Base - Jim Joyce, Third Base - Marvin Hudson