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Fuld's homer in 9th lifts A's over Astros 5-4

By KRISTIE RIEKEN
AP Sports Writer
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HOUSTON (AP) The Oakland Athletics have rallied to win game after game this season after trailing late.

So it was no surprise that they did it again on Wednesday night thanks to Sam Fuld's tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning that gave Oakland a 5-4 victory over the Houston Astros.

It was their major league-leading 12th win this season when behind after seven innings and they've scored 28 runs against the Astros in the ninth this year.

The A's trailed by one entering the ninth before Eric Sogard's RBI single, and Fuld's two-out shot off Chad Qualls (1-4) landed in the seats in right field to put Oakland up 5-3.

Fuld, who entered on a 0-for-9 skid, finished three hits, including a double.

''They've played several games like that this year where they've fought like crazy, been down, gone back and forth and then found enough with some great at-bats at the end to get it done,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''Not quite the first time they've done that.''

Oakland is one game behind the Los Angeles Angels for the AL West lead. The A's have won five of eight entering a four-game series against the Angels following a five-game losing streak.

''Certainly wasn't our best baseball game, but shoot, you can't be picky at this point,'' Fuld said. ''We'll take any win we can get. Sometimes it's the sort of win that can kind of get momentum going, knowing we can win without playing our best.''

Fuld's home run was just his third this season.

''We've seen him do a lot of things,'' Melvin said. ''He can beat you defensively with his legs. Certainly with his bat you don't expect him to hit home runs that put you ahead, but he's a great fit for us.''

Qualls has been solid for the Astros this season, but has struggled against the Athletics, allowing 11 runs in six appearances against the team.

''I don't think I've ever really had an opponent that's been as rough as the A's,'' he said. ''I feel like I've been throwing the ball well this year, but every time the A's come to town they have my number. You look back on it and I thought I threw the ball pretty well and the scoreboard just doesn't dictate that at all.''

Dan Otero (8-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings for the win. Eric O'Flaherty allowed a solo homer to Chris Carter with two outs in the ninth before retiring Dexter Fowler for his first save since May 2013.

Houston trailed 2-1 in the seventh after Coco Crisp's solo home run in the top of the inning, then tied it on Robbie Grossman's RBI single.

Jose Altuve's big league-leading 181st hit put Houston on top 3-2. The groundball single rolled just out of reach of a diving Alberto Callaspo and into shallow right field. Altuve also swiped two bases, giving him an AL-high 49 steals.

Jonny Gomes' sacrifice fly put Oakland ahead 1-0 in the sixth.

Oakland starter Drew Pomeranz, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, allowed one run - none earned - and three hits in 5 1-3 innings in his first major league appearance since June 16. He struck out seven.

Houston's Brad Peacock also lasted 5 1-3 innings, allowing one run, four hits and five walks.

Carter has 33 homers this season. He has homered in three straight games and has hit 20 home runs since July 1.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Melvin said he expects SS Jed Lowrie (broken right index finger) to be ready for an injury rehabilitation assignment this weekend if there are no issues the next two days. INF Nick Punto (hamstring) is getting better, but is behind Lowrie because he still isn't able to run at full speed.

Astros: Reliever Darin Downs (strained muscle on his right side) is to start a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi on Friday and is expected to pitch there on Sunday.

UP NEXT

The Astros open a four-game series against Texas on Thursday, with Collin McHugh scheduled to pitch against Nick Tepesch. Oakland travels to start a four-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Sonny Gray opposes C.J. Wilson in the opener on Thursday.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

S. Fuld
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Houston

C. Carter
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Coco Crisp, DH5221003.253.347.399
Sam Fuld, CF-RF5132012.261.343.367
Josh Donaldson, 3B3110101.253.342.460
Stephen Vogt, 1B4000123.313.343.496
Brandon Moss, LF-RF-LF3010220.248.341.462
Derek Norris, C4000136.275.368.434
Josh Reddick, RF2010010.257.314.437
   a-Jonny Gomes, PH-LF1011000.241.335.346
   Craig Gentry, PR-CF0100000.261.323.295
Alberto Callaspo, 2B3000104.238.303.309
   Andy Parrino, SS0000000.167.244.333
Eric Sogard, SS-2B3011101.219.308.276
Drew Pomeranz, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dan Otero, P0000000.000.000.000
   Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals33510579    
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Reddick in the 6th
Batting
2B - Sam Fuld (13, Peacock), Brandon Moss (20, Peacock)
HR - Coco Crisp (9, Chapman), Sam Fuld (3, Qualls)
SF - Jonny Gomes (7)
RBI - Coco Crisp (44), Sam Fuld 2 (26), Jonny Gomes (37), Eric Sogard (18)
2-OUT RBI - Sam Fuld 2 (13)
SB - Craig Gentry (20, 2nd base off Qualls/Corporan)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Donaldson-Sogard-Vogt
E - Eric Sogard (7, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Pomeranz 5.1310170 2.66
Ryan Cook (BS,2) 1122030 3.30
Fernando Abad (BS,1) 0.1100010 1.58
Dan Otero (W,8-1) 1.1200230 2.21
Eric O'Flaherty (S,1) 1211001 1.76
IBB - Marisnick by Dan Otero
WP - Ryan Cook (2)
HBP - Dominguez (by Ryan Cook)
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Pomeranz 82-52, Ryan Cook 22-14, Fernando Abad 10-6, Dan Otero 38-20, Eric O'Flaherty 8-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Pomeranz 6-4, Dan Otero 1-0, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1
Batters Faced - Drew Pomeranz 21, Ryan Cook 5, Fernando Abad 2, Dan Otero 8, Eric O'Flaherty 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Robbie Grossman, LF4021111.215.330.325
Jose Altuve, 2B5111003.332.370.435
Chris Carter, DH5121013.229.298.519
Dexter Fowler, CF5020013.274.376.409
Jesus Guzman, 1B2000011.193.267.260
   a-Jon Singleton, PH-1B1000111.185.297.370
Matt Dominguez, 3B2100021.222.263.343
Jake Marisnick, RF3000121.231.262.276
Carlos Corporan, C4110023.240.297.373
Gregorio Petit, SS2010010.295.326.477
   b-Marwin Gonzalez, PH-SS2000025.264.312.386
Brad Peacock, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kevin Chapman, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jose Veras, P0000000.000.000.000
   Chad Qualls, P0000000.000.000.000
   Mike Foltynewicz, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals35493314    
a-struck out for Guzman in the 6th
b-struck out for Petit in the 7th
Batting
2B - Gregorio Petit (5, Pomeranz)
HR - Chris Carter (33, O'Flaherty)
SH - Matt Dominguez (1)
RBI - Robbie Grossman (31), Jose Altuve (44), Chris Carter (78)
2-OUT RBI - Robbie Grossman (14), Jose Altuve (19), Chris Carter (19)
SB - Jose Altuve 2 (49, 3rd base off Cook/Norris), Jesus Guzman (3, 2nd base off Pomeranz/Norris)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dexter Fowler 1
DP - Petit-Altuve-Guzman, Petit-Altuve-Guzman-Petit-Altuve-Singleton
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Peacock 5.1411560 5.13
Kevin Chapman 1211001 7.82
Jose Veras 1.2000020 4.84
Chad Qualls (L,1-4; BS,4) 0.2433001 3.55
Mike Foltynewicz 0.1000210 5.59
WP - Brad Peacock (6)
HBP - Donaldson (by Brad Peacock)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Peacock 108-61, Kevin Chapman 16-10, Jose Veras 15-9, Chad Qualls 17-13, Mike Foltynewicz 16-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Peacock 2-6, Jose Veras 1-1, Chad Qualls 2-0
Batters Faced - Brad Peacock 24, Kevin Chapman 5, Jose Veras 4, Chad Qualls 6, Mike Foltynewicz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 14791
Game Time - 3:43
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Toby Basner, Second Base - Mike DiMuro, Third Base - Mike Estabrook