Canha's two-run single helps A's rally past Astros 6-4

HOUSTON (AP) The Oakland Athletics continued their late-inning magic on Thursday, and it helped them to a series win over the Houston Astros.

Mark Canha's two-RBI single in Oakland's three-run eighth inning lifted the Athletics to the 6-4 victory. The Athletics fell behind early but cut the lead to one with a three-run fifth. An RBI double by Matt Chapman tied it with no outs in eighth before Canha's single off Chris Devenski (2-2) with one out made it 6-4.

Canha's hit landed in the corner of left field and the Astros challenged the ruling that the ball was fair, but the call was upheld.

It was another big eighth inning for the A's, who lead the majors with 69 runs in the inning this season. This one helped them take three out of four against the Astros. They've won eight games this season when trailing after seven innings, which is also the most in the majors.

''When you do it so many times, you have confidence doing it,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''And it was different guys today, too. At this point, it's a true team effort and that's powerful when you have 25 guys contributing.''

Nick Martini had three hits and drove in two runs for the Athletics, who are 19-5 in their last 24 games but still trail the first-place Astros by eight games in the AL West.

Yusmeiro Petit (3-2) allowed one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Ryan Buchter took over for the eighth and made back-to-back nifty plays to pitch a perfect inning.

The first one came when a comebacker by Yuli Gurriel hit him on the thigh and rolled away from the mound. He chased it down and made a barehanded throw that beat Gurriel to first. Two pitches later, Buchter mishandled a dribbler by Josh Reddick before scooping it up and flipping it to first for the out.

Melvin said 6-foot-5 first baseman Matt Olson helps make those kinds of plays easier.

''The glove flip was big, but that's what happens when you have a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman over there,'' he said.

Lou Trivino struck out two in the ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.

Alex Bregman drove in two with a double in the third and Tony Kemp's two-run homer made it 4-0 in the fourth.

''We knew coming in they were playing well and we see why,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said of the Athletics. ''They did a lot more right than we did during the series. They completed games, made us work and kind of wore us out and came up with big at-bats when they needed to. We got outplayed this series.''

Oakland starter Trevor Cahill went 3 2/3 innings in his first start since June 2 after spending more than a month on the disabled list with an Achilles injury. He allowed three runs on three hits and walked three.

Houston's Charlie Morton allowed six hits and three runs in 4 1/3 innings.

Khris Davis extended his career-long hitting streak to 14 games with a single to get things going in the eighth, and Olson followed with a single. The double by Chapman to left field scored Davis to tie it at 4.

Cahill walked Kemp and Springer in the third, and both moved up a base on a wild pitch before scoring on the double by Bregman.

Max Stassi singled with two outs in the fourth to chase Cahill. He was replaced by Chris Hatcher, who was greeted by the two-run homer by Kemp.

Chad Pinder and Canha hit consecutive singles to start the fifth inning before Jonathan Lucroy walked to load the bases. The Athletics cut the lead to 4-2 on a double to right field by Martini.

Stephen Piscotty hit an RBI double with one out to end Morton's day.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: INF Marwin Gonzalez returned after missing a game after taking a cleat to the left wrist on Tuesday night. ... SS Carlos Correa (back stiffness) will have to go on a rehabilitation assignment before he comes off the disabled list, so he will not play before the All-Star break.

STAR-STUDDED JERSEY HANDOUT

Houston Texans star J.J. Watt presented the Astros with their All-Star jerseys in a pregame ceremony. Watt, a three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, handed out the jerseys to Jose Altuve, Bregman, George Springer, Justin Verlander and Hinch, who will manage the AL team. Right-hander Gerrit Cole, who also made the team, was not involved in the ceremony because he is away from the team following a death in his family.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Edwin Jackson (1-0, 2.45 ERA) will start for Oakland in the opener of a three-game series against the Giants on Friday night. Jackson needs one win to reach 100 for his career.

Astros: Houston's Dallas Keuchel (6-8, 3.95) opposes Detroit's Mike Fiers (6-5, 3.65) when the Astros and Tigers open a three-game series on Friday night. Keuchel has won three straight decisions after dropping his previous three, and Fiers, who threw Houston's last no-hitter in 2015, won his last start after losing his previous two decisions.

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OAK53-41
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HOU62-34
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  • W: Y. Petit (3-2)L: C. Devenski (2-2)S: L. Trivino (4)
  • HR: HOU - T. Kemp (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Martini LF50320020.250.250.375.6256.0
M. Semien SS50100013.253.308.372.6803.5
S. Piscotty RF50110024.258.320.441.7621.0
K. Davis DH41100134.250.328.509.8371.5
M. Olson 1B41100104.240.328.456.7843.0
M. Chapman 3B41110003.252.343.439.7824.0
C. Pinder 2B41100012.253.322.452.7741.5
M. Canha CF41220010.262.336.460.7964.5
J. Lucroy C31000101.242.297.315.6122.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF-RF21000200.248.333.417.7503.0
    A. Bregman 3B40120001.285.384.530.9144.0
    J. Altuve 2B40100011.333.398.476.8740.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40100000.304.334.436.7701.0
    J. Reddick RF-LF30000102.262.337.401.7381.0
    E. Gattis DH30000111.242.301.488.7890.5
    M. Gonzalez SS40000011.224.302.350.652-0.5
    M. Stassi C31100020.255.339.465.8041.0
    a- T. White PH10000010.194.359.323.682-0.5
    T. Kemp LF22121100.297.392.432.82511.0
    J. Marisnick CF0000-000.192.236.359.000-
    b- K. Tucker PH10000000.211.286.263.5490.0
    • a-struck out for Stassi in the 9th
    • b-grounded out for Marisnick in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Martini 2 (2), M. Semien (20), M. Chapman (16)
    • RBI - N. Martini 2 (3), S. Piscotty (44), M. Chapman (28), M. Canha 2 (36)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Bregman (30)
    • HR - T. Kemp (3)
    • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (61), T. Kemp 2 (17)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Kemp 2 (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Semien (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - T. Kemp (7)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - M. Canha
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Harris-Gonzalez-Gurriel)
    • E - J. Altuve (6)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Cahill3.23333303.101.031.5
    C. Hatcher1.01112014.701.73-1.0
    Y. Petit (W, 3-2)2.11000103.361.0712.5
    R. Buchter (H, 8)1.00000001.931.233.0
    L. Trivino (S, 4)1.00000201.310.9411.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Cahill3.2
    C. Hatcher1.0
    Y. Petit (W, 3-2)2.1
    R. Buchter (H, 8)1.0
    L. Trivino (S, 4)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Morton4.16332502.961.153.5
    C. McHugh1.20001200.990.723.0
    J. Smith (H, 5)1.00000104.321.043.5
    C. Devenski (L, 2-2) (BS, 3)0.14330002.451.01-12.0
    W. Harris1.21000203.891.243.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Morton4.1
    C. McHugh1.2
    J. Smith (H, 5)1.0
    C. Devenski (L, 2-2) (BS, 3)0.1
    W. Harris1.2
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Cahill (6)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cahill 83-46, C. Hatcher 31-17, Y. Petit 17-12, R. Buchter 8-5, L. Trivino 14-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cahill 4-4, C. Hatcher 2-1, Y. Petit 2-3, R. Buchter 2-1, L. Trivino 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Cahill 17, C. Hatcher 6, Y. Petit 7, R. Buchter 3, L. Trivino 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 104-65, C. McHugh 31-18, J. Smith 9-5, C. Devenski 25-16, W. Harris 21-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 3-5, W. Harris 3-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Morton 21, C. McHugh 6, J. Smith 3, C. Devenski 5, W. Harris 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK53-41
    0000300306110
    HOU62-34
    002200000451
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    N. Martini LF50320020.250.250.375.6256.0
    M. Semien SS50100013.253.308.372.6803.5
    S. Piscotty RF50110024.258.320.441.7621.0
    K. Davis DH41100134.250.328.509.8371.5
    M. Olson 1B41100104.240.328.456.7843.0
    M. Chapman 3B41110003.252.343.439.7824.0
    C. Pinder 2B41100012.253.322.452.7741.5
    M. Canha CF41220010.262.336.460.7964.5
    J. Lucroy C31000101.242.297.315.6122.0
    Total386116031021-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF-RF21000200.248.333.417.7503.0
      A. Bregman 3B40120001.285.384.530.9144.0
      J. Altuve 2B40100011.333.398.476.8740.5
      Y. Gurriel 1B40100000.304.334.436.7701.0
      J. Reddick RF-LF30000102.262.337.401.7381.0
      E. Gattis DH30000111.242.301.488.7890.5
      M. Gonzalez SS40000011.224.302.350.652-0.5
      M. Stassi C31100020.255.339.465.8041.0
      a- T. White PH10000010.194.359.323.682-0.5
      T. Kemp LF22121100.297.392.432.82511.0
      J. Marisnick CF0000-000.192.236.359.000-
      b- K. Tucker PH10000000.211.286.263.5490.0
      Total314541566-----
      • a-struck out for Stassi in the 9th
      • b-grounded out for Marisnick in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Martini 2 (2), M. Semien (20), M. Chapman (16)
      • RBI - N. Martini 2 (3), S. Piscotty (44), M. Chapman (28), M. Canha 2 (36)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (30)
      • HR - T. Kemp (3)
      • RBI - A. Bregman 2 (61), T. Kemp 2 (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Kemp 2 (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Semien (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - T. Kemp (7)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Canha
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Harris-Gonzalez-Gurriel)
      • E - J. Altuve (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Cahill3.23333303.101.031.5
      C. Hatcher1.01112014.701.73-1.0
      Y. Petit (W, 3-2)2.11000103.361.0712.5
      R. Buchter (H, 8)1.00000001.931.233.0
      L. Trivino (S, 4)1.00000201.310.9411.0
      Total9.0544561---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Cahill3.2
      C. Hatcher1.0
      Y. Petit (W, 3-2)2.1
      R. Buchter (H, 8)1.0
      L. Trivino (S, 4)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Morton4.16332502.961.153.5
      C. McHugh1.20001200.990.723.0
      J. Smith (H, 5)1.00000104.321.043.5
      C. Devenski (L, 2-2) (BS, 3)0.14330002.451.01-12.0
      W. Harris1.21000203.891.243.0
      Total9.011663100---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Morton4.1
      C. McHugh1.2
      J. Smith (H, 5)1.0
      C. Devenski (L, 2-2) (BS, 3)0.1
      W. Harris1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Cahill (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cahill 83-46, C. Hatcher 31-17, Y. Petit 17-12, R. Buchter 8-5, L. Trivino 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cahill 4-4, C. Hatcher 2-1, Y. Petit 2-3, R. Buchter 2-1, L. Trivino 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Cahill 17, C. Hatcher 6, Y. Petit 7, R. Buchter 3, L. Trivino 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Morton 104-65, C. McHugh 31-18, J. Smith 9-5, C. Devenski 25-16, W. Harris 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Morton 3-5, W. Harris 3-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Morton 21, C. McHugh 6, J. Smith 3, C. Devenski 5, W. Harris 6
      • 8TH INNING
        Canha singled to deep left, Olson and Chapman scored64
        Chapman doubled to deep left, Davis scored, Olson to third44
      • 5TH INNING
        Piscotty reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lucroy scored, Martini to third34
        Martini doubled to deep right center, Pinder and Canha scored, Lucroy to third24
      • 4TH INNING
        Kemp homered to left, Stassi scored04
      • 3RD INNING
        Bregman doubled to left center, Kemp and Springer scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • W. Harris Pitching:
        • N. Martini: Ball, Martini doubled to left center
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Semien safe at first on 2nd baseman Altuve fielding error, Martini to third
        • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Olson grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • Lou Trivino relieved Ryan Buchter
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • Tyler White hit for Max Stassi
        • T. White: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
        • Kyle Tucker hit for Jake Marisnick
        • K. Tucker: Ball, Tucker grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jake Marisnick in center field
        • Chris Devenski relieved Joe Smith
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis singled to left
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Olson singled to right, Davis to second
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chapman doubled to deep left, Davis scored, Olson to third
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Ball, Pinder flied out to left
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Canha singled to deep left, Olson and Chapman scored
        • Will Harris relieved Chris Devenski
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Canha out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Yusmeiro Petit
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Gurriel grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Joe Smith relieved Collin McHugh
        • N. Martini: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martini struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Ball, Semien flied out to deep right
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty flied out to left
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Petit Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Springer flied out to deep right
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Bregman lined out to center
        • J. Altuve: Altuve singled to center, Altuve out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • C. McHugh Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pinder struck out looking
        • M. Canha: Ball, Canha flied out to center
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lucroy lined out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Petit Pitching:
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez fouled out to third
        • M. Stassi: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Kemp grounded out to catcher
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pinder singled to right
        • M. Canha: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Canha singled to right, Pinder to second
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lucroy walked, Pinder to third, Canha to second
        • N. Martini: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martini doubled to deep right center, Pinder and Canha scored, Lucroy to third
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Semien grounded out to third
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lucroy scored, Martini to third
        • Collin McHugh relieved Charlie Morton
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Olson walked, Piscotty to second
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Chapman fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Hatcher Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Altuve grounded out to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gurriel flied out to left
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Chris Hatcher
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Gattis grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Reddick out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Olson flied out to center
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Chapman grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to catcher
        • M. Stassi: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Stassi singled to center
        • Chris Hatcher relieved Trevor Cahill
        • T. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp homered to left, Stassi scored
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Bregman grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lucroy flied out to left
        • N. Martini: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Martini reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • M. Semien: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
        • S. Piscotty: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Piscotty lined out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stassi struck out swinging
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp walked
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Kemp stole second, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
        • A. Bregman: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kemp to third, Springer to second on wild pitch, Bregman doubled to left center, Kemp and Springer scored
        • J. Altuve: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Altuve lined out to center
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel reached on an infield single to shortstop, Bregman to third
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Reddick flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chapman lined out to right
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Pinder grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Canha struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to first
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick flied out to left
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gattis walked
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Gonzalez grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Morton Pitching:
        • N. Martini: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martini struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien doubled to left
        • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
        • M. Olson: Olson lined out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Bregman lined out to center
        • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)