Pinder, Davis lead Athletics to 8-3 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) After making a habit of late comebacks this season, the Oakland Athletics enjoyed building an early lead and holding onto it.

Chad Pinder hit a three-run homer and Khris Davis added three RBIs as the A's jumped on Lance McCullers Jr. early and cruised to an 8-3 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.

The A's lead the majors with 67 runs in the eighth inning or later and entering the game they'd scored the winning run in the eighth or later in nine of their last 21 wins.

''Not always coming back from behind and just winning a ballgame when we were ahead. We can do that, too,'' Davis said with a smile.

Davis, who extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games, put the A's up 2-0 with a double in a three-run first. Pinder made it 6-0 when he connected off McCullers (10-4) for his ninth homer in the fourth.

Oakland manager Bob Melvin said this was a much-needed win after his team rallied from a 4-0 deficit to tie it in the ninth on Tuesday night before losing 6-5 on a bizarre play in the 11th inning.

''It shows you the grit these guys have,'' he said. ''That's a demoralizing loss to be able to come back as far as we did last night and get beat in the fashion that we did. ... To be able to jump on their starting pitching right away showed me a lot from these guys to just move past what happened (Tuesday).''

Oakland starter Chris Bassitt (2-3) yielded five hits and three runs in five innings for his second straight win after losing his first three decisions.

Yuli Gurriel drove in two runs for Houston, and Tyler White hit a solo homer that cut the deficit to 6-3 in the fifth.

McCullers allowed four hits and six runs while walking five in four-plus innings for his first loss since May 26. It came after a stellar outing last time out, when he whiffed a career-high 12 while permitting just three hits and a run in seven innings of an 11-4 win over the White Sox.

''You could just tell he was battling himself,'' manager AJ Hinch said. ''He just didn't have it. ... So, little bit of mechanics, a little bit of approach but more of it just he just couldn't throw the ball where he wanted to.''

Things went wrong for McCullers quickly when he walked two batters with one out in the first. The A's took a 2-0 lead when both runners scored on the double by Davis. A single by Stephen Piscotty sent Davis to third and he scored on a sacrifice fly by Matt Chapman.

McCullers plunked Chapman to start the fourth before walking Mark Canha. Oakland pushed the lead to 6-0 on the homer by Pinder to left field.

Bassitt retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced, and the Astros didn't get a hit until Alex Bregman's single with nobody out in the fourth. Jose Altuve singled before Gurriel's two-run single cut the margin to 6-2.

Emilio Pagan worked two scoreless innings after Bassitt's exit.

Marcus Semien doubled with one out in the sixth and scored on a two-out triple by Davis to push the lead to 7-3. Oakland made it 8-3 on an RBI single by Josh Phegley in the ninth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: INF Marwin Gonzalez sat out after taking a cleat to the left wrist Tuesday night. He is day-to-day. ... SS Carlos Correa (back stiffness) ramped up his activity and said he's feeling good and believes he is inching closer to a return.

Athletics: Piscotty exited in the middle of the fifth inning after being hit by a pitch on the left wrist in the top of the inning. The team said his wrist was bruised and Melvin said X-rays were negative.

DEMOTED

Houston optioned reliever Ken Giles to Triple-A Fresno, a night after he appeared to curse at Hinch when he was lifted from the game. Despite that, the Astros insisted the move was about baseball and not the right-hander's behavior.

''We need to get his pitching right,'' Hinch said. ''He's had an up-and-down season. He's had signs that things are good. He's had some bad games. He's had some meltdowns. But we need to get him right. He's not right and we've got to get him right mentally and physically to make sure he's a good contributor to a `pen.''

Left-hander Cionel Perez was recalled from Double-A Corpus Christi to take Giles' roster spot and allowed two hits and a run over 1 2/3 innings in his major league debut.

DERBY BOUND

Bregman was named to the Home Run Derby field on Wednesday night. He will be the fifth Astros player to compete in the contest, joining Lance Berkman and Jeff Bagwell, who made four appearances each, Moises Alou and Glenn Davis.

''I've watched it a bunch,'' Bregman said. ''I don't know if I've ever dreamed about being in it but definitely looking forward to it.''

UP NEXT

Oakland RHP Trevor Cahill (1-2, 2.77 ERA) will come off the disabled list to start against Charlie Morton (11-2, 2.83) in the series finale Thursday. Cahill has struggled on the road this season, going 0-2 with a 5.66 ERA. Morton has won four of his last five starts.

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  • W: C. Bassitt (2-3)L: L. McCullers (10-4)
  • HR: OAK - C. Pinder (9), HOU - T. White (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Fowler CF60000023.241.273.380.652-1.0
M. Semien SS32100211.253.309.372.6815.5
J. Lowrie 2B31200201.290.362.501.8635.0
K. Davis DH51230015.250.327.513.8398.5
S. Piscotty RF20100000.259.322.446.7682.0
M. Olson 1B20000011.240.327.458.785-0.5
M. Chapman 3B32110010.252.344.438.7824.5
M. Canha 1B-LF41000114.258.333.459.7931.5
C. Pinder LF-RF31231211.253.323.456.77910.5
J. Phegley C50110012.216.268.459.7281.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF40000001.249.332.419.7510.0
    A. Bregman SS41200000.285.385.531.9163.0
    J. Altuve 2B41100001.334.399.479.8784.0
    Y. Gurriel 3B40120000.304.335.438.7743.0
    J. Reddick RF40100001.265.338.406.7441.0
    E. Gattis DH40000001.245.302.493.7950.0
    K. Tucker LF40100002.222.300.278.5781.0
    T. Federowicz C40000011.192.222.308.530-0.5
    T. White 1B21111100.200.368.333.7027.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Semien (19), K. Davis (19)
      • 3B - K. Davis
      • HR - C. Pinder (9)
      • SF - M. Chapman
      • RBI - K. Davis 3 (63), M. Chapman (27), C. Pinder 3 (21), J. Phegley (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Davis (26), J. Phegley (3)
      BATTING
      • HR - T. White
      • RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (48), T. White
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (14)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - K. Tucker
      • DP - (Altuve-Bregman-White)
      • E - J. Altuve (5), A. Bregman (12)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Bassitt (W, 2-3)5.05331113.381.3113.5
      E. Pagan2.01000003.541.235.0
      R. Dull1.00000004.501.283.0
      R. Buchter1.01000002.041.302.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Bassitt (W, 2-3)5.0
      E. Pagan2.0
      R. Dull1.0
      R. Buchter1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. McCullers (L, 10-4)4.04665113.771.15-7.5
      B. Peacock1.23110203.120.990.0
      T. Sipp1.10000302.110.984.5
      C. Perez1.22112205.402.40-1.0
      W. Harris0.11000104.091.27-0.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. McCullers (L, 10-4)4.0
      B. Peacock1.2
      T. Sipp1.1
      C. Perez1.2
      W. Harris0.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bassitt 85-55, E. Pagan 27-16, R. Dull 10-7, R. Buchter 12-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bassitt 8-6, E. Pagan 2-4, R. Dull 2-1, R. Buchter 1-2
      • Batters Faced - C. Bassitt 21, E. Pagan 7, R. Dull 3, R. Buchter 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. McCullers 2 (10)
      • HBP - L. McCullers 2 (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 87-48, B. Peacock 30-19, T. Sipp 19-13, C. Perez 43-26, W. Harris 7-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 9-3, B. Peacock 1-1, T. Sipp 1-0, C. Perez 2-1
      • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 24, B. Peacock 7, T. Sipp 4, C. Perez 9, W. Harris 2
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HOU62-33
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Fowler CF60000023.241.273.380.652-1.0
      M. Semien SS32100211.253.309.372.6815.5
      J. Lowrie 2B31200201.290.362.501.8635.0
      K. Davis DH51230015.250.327.513.8398.5
      S. Piscotty RF20100000.259.322.446.7682.0
      M. Olson 1B20000011.240.327.458.785-0.5
      M. Chapman 3B32110010.252.344.438.7824.5
      M. Canha 1B-LF41000114.258.333.459.7931.5
      C. Pinder LF-RF31231211.253.323.456.77910.5
      J. Phegley C50110012.216.268.459.7281.5
      Total36810817918-----
      HITTERSAB
      D. Fowler CF6
      M. Semien SS3
      J. Lowrie 2B3
      K. Davis DH5
      S. Piscotty RF2
      M. Olson 1B2
      M. Chapman 3B3
      M. Canha 1B-LF4
      C. Pinder LF-RF3
      J. Phegley C5
      Total36
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Springer CF40000001.249.332.419.7510.0
        A. Bregman SS41200000.285.385.531.9163.0
        J. Altuve 2B41100001.334.399.479.8784.0
        Y. Gurriel 3B40120000.304.335.438.7743.0
        J. Reddick RF40100001.265.338.406.7441.0
        E. Gattis DH40000001.245.302.493.7950.0
        K. Tucker LF40100002.222.300.278.5781.0
        T. Federowicz C40000011.192.222.308.530-0.5
        T. White 1B21111100.200.368.333.7027.0
        Total343731117-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Semien (19), K. Davis (19)
          • 3B - K. Davis
          • HR - C. Pinder (9)
          • SF - M. Chapman
          • RBI - K. Davis 3 (63), M. Chapman (27), C. Pinder 3 (21), J. Phegley (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Davis (26), J. Phegley (3)
          BATTING
          • HR - T. White
          • RBI - Y. Gurriel 2 (48), T. White
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Altuve (14)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - K. Tucker
          • DP - (Altuve-Bregman-White)
          • E - J. Altuve (5), A. Bregman (12)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Bassitt (W, 2-3)5.05331113.381.3113.5
          E. Pagan2.01000003.541.235.0
          R. Dull1.00000004.501.283.0
          R. Buchter1.01000002.041.302.0
          Total9.0733111---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Bassitt (W, 2-3)5.0
          E. Pagan2.0
          R. Dull1.0
          R. Buchter1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. McCullers (L, 10-4)4.04665113.771.15-7.5
          B. Peacock1.23110203.120.990.0
          T. Sipp1.10000302.110.984.5
          C. Perez1.22112205.402.40-1.0
          W. Harris0.11000104.091.27-0.5
          Total9.01088791---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. McCullers (L, 10-4)4.0
          B. Peacock1.2
          T. Sipp1.1
          C. Perez1.2
          W. Harris0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bassitt 85-55, E. Pagan 27-16, R. Dull 10-7, R. Buchter 12-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bassitt 8-6, E. Pagan 2-4, R. Dull 2-1, R. Buchter 1-2
          • Batters Faced - C. Bassitt 21, E. Pagan 7, R. Dull 3, R. Buchter 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. McCullers 2 (10)
          • HBP - L. McCullers 2 (7)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. McCullers 87-48, B. Peacock 30-19, T. Sipp 19-13, C. Perez 43-26, W. Harris 7-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. McCullers 9-3, B. Peacock 1-1, T. Sipp 1-0, C. Perez 2-1
          • Batters Faced - L. McCullers 24, B. Peacock 7, T. Sipp 4, C. Perez 9, W. Harris 2
          • 9TH INNING
            Phegley singled to right, Chapman scored, Pinder to third83
          • 6TH INNING
            Davis tripled to deep center, Semien scored73
          • 5TH INNING
            White homered to left63
          • 4TH INNING
            Gurriel singled to deep right, Bregman and Altuve scored62
            Pinder homered to left, Chapman and Canha scored60
          • 1ST INNING
            Chapman hit sacrifice fly to left, Davis scored, Piscotty to second30
            Davis doubled to deep center, Semien and Lowrie scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • C. Perez Pitching:
            • M. Olson: Olson grounded out to third
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chapman singled to right
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Canha struck out on foul tip
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pinder walked, Chapman to second
            • Will Harris relieved Cionel Perez
            • J. Phegley: Phegley singled to right, Chapman scored, Pinder to third
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Buchter relieved Ryan Dull
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Ball, Reddick grounded out to second
            • E. Gattis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gattis flied out to left
            • K. Tucker: Ball, Foul, Foul, Tucker singled to center
            • T. Federowicz: Federowicz flied out to deep right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Cionel Perez relieved Tony Sipp
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Phegley popped out to first
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fowler grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Semien walked
            • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Lowrie singled to left center, Semien to second
            • K. Davis: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Dull relieved Emilio Pagan
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike swinging, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve flied out to deep right
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • T. Sipp Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • M. Canha: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Canha grounded out to third
            • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Pagan Pitching:
            • T. Federowicz: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Federowicz popped out to first
            • T. White: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, White grounded out to pitcher
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Springer flied out to deep center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Peacock Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Semien doubled to deep left
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie grounded out to second, Semien to third
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis tripled to deep center, Semien scored
            • Tony Sipp relieved Brad Peacock
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Olson struck out looking
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Emilio Pagan relieved Chris Bassitt
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick singled to center
            • E. Gattis: Gattis flied out to deep left
            • K. Tucker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Tucker flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Piscotty hit by pitch
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Chapman reached on fielder's choice to third, Piscotty to second on 2nd baseman Altuve fielding error
            • Brad Peacock relieved Lance McCullers
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Canha popped out to second
            • C. Pinder: Pinder singled to left, Piscotty out at home, Chapman to third
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Phegley struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • Matt Olson at first base
            • T. Federowicz: Federowicz flied out to right
            • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, White homered to left
            • G. Springer: Springer flied out to deep right
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman singled to right center
            • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Chapman hit by pitch
            • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Canha walked, Chapman to second
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pinder homered to left, Chapman and Canha scored
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Phegley flied out to deep center
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Fowler grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Semien: Semien safe at first on shortstop Bregman fielding error
            • J. Lowrie: Pickoff attempt, Lowrie singled to right center, Semien to second
            • K. Davis: Ball, Semien to third, Lowrie to second on wild pitch, Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman singled to center
            • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Altuve singled to center, Bregman to third
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Altuve stole second, Gurriel singled to deep right, Bregman and Altuve scored
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick flied out to left
            • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gattis grounded out to third, Gurriel to second
            • K. Tucker: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Tucker grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Lowrie out at second
            • S. Piscotty: Foul, Foul, Foul, Piscotty grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • K. Tucker: Strike swinging, Tucker flied out to left
            • T. Federowicz: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Federowicz struck out swinging
            • T. White: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, White walked
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, White out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pinder walked
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Phegley grounded out to catcher, Pinder to second
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Fowler flied out to deep right
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick lined out to left
            • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Gattis grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. McCullers Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike swinging, Fowler grounded out to third
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Semien to second on wild pitch, Ball, Lowrie walked
            • K. Davis: Ball, Davis doubled to deep center, Semien and Lowrie scored
            • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty singled to center, Davis to third
            • M. Chapman: Chapman hit sacrifice fly to left, Davis scored, Piscotty to second
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Canha grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer flied out to deep right
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bregman grounded out to third
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Foul, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)