Verlander 200th W, Astros 5 HRs, top A's 9-4 to avoid sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Once they got behind closed doors in the clubhouse, the Houston Astros showered Justin Verlander with champagne.

No, it wasn't for helping them avoid a sweep at the Coliseum. But that was a nice benefit, too.

Verlander pitched just well enough to earn his 200th career win and the Astros hit five home runs, beating the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Sunday to retake sole possession of the AL West lead.

''That was one of the tougher wins I had to get this season,'' Verlander said. ''Our boys swung the bats and that made for a great day.''

The surging A's had won the first two games at the Coliseum to tie shaky Houston atop the division. But Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run homer in the third inning and Evan Gattis, Alex Bregman, Marwin Gonzalez and Martin Maldonado later homered for the defending World Series champions. Maldonado also tripled and doubled.

''What a great way to get Verlander his 200th,'' Bregman said. ''We hand the ball to JV and he wins. He got us going in the right direction. He battled his head off for us.''

Verlander (12-8), who has not given up more than four runs in any of his 20 career games against the A's, entered the day with a major league-leading 1.74 ERA on the road. Matt Chapman and Khris Davis hit solo homers off Verlander in the first inning, and Davis added his 36th homer, a two-run drive, in the third that made it 4-all.

Gattis put the Astros ahead for good in the fourth with his 24th home run.

''I'm guessing this won't be his last win,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said of Verlander. ''You just look at his numbers. He's something special.''

Verlander gave up four runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six but gave up three home runs and has allowed 25 this season. He became the 114th pitcher with at least 200 career wins.

''When you reach a milestone, you look back, understand and relish what you've done,'' the 35-year-old Verlander said. ''I look around from when I started and realized it's a long journey. From age 21 to now, mentally, it's been a process.''

Brad Peacock took over for Verlander in the sixth, with two runners on and one out. He struck out Stephen Piscotty on a full count, walked Marcus Semien and got Mark Canha swinging on a 2-2 pitch. Four Houston relievers shut down the A's on one hit over 3 2/3 innings.

The Astros won for the second time in nine games. The Athletics had won 13 of their past 16 games to draw even with Houston.

After allowing six runs in three previous August starts combined, Sean Manaea (11-9) gave up six in four-plus innings against the Astros.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: 2B Jose Altuve (right knee) began a rehab assignment Sunday for Triple-A Fresno at Tacoma, going 1 for 3 with a strikeout and hit by pitch. ... C Brian McCann (right knee) went 0 for 3 and caught six innings on Saturday night for the Grizzlies.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Gerrit Cole (11-5, 2.71) starts for Houston at Seattle on Monday night.

Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (8-6, 3.38) takes the mound against Texas Monday night.

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  • W: J. Verlander (12-8)L: S. Manaea (11-9)
  • HR: HOU - M. Gonzalez (11), M. Maldonado (7), E. Gattis (24), A. Bregman (24), Y. Gurriel (8), OAK - K. Davis 2 (36), M. Chapman (17)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer CF51210020.249.333.430.7633.0
A. Bregman 3B52321000.280.384.522.90510.0
Y. Gurriel 2B-1B41131022.280.311.407.7197.0
C. Correa SS40100011.253.340.448.7880.5
T. White 1B40100021.294.388.600.9880.0
T. Kemp LF00000000.280.365.429.7940.0
M. Gonzalez LF-2B41111012.239.322.387.7095.5
E. Gattis DH41111011.236.294.489.7835.5
J. Reddick RF40000021.243.311.398.709-1.0
M. Maldonado C43311000.222.281.357.63813.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    N. Martini LF41100001.300.419.443.8612.0
    M. Chapman 3B31111111.276.363.506.8696.5
    J. Lowrie 2B40000023.270.349.464.813-1.0
    K. Davis DH42332000.259.333.565.89814.0
    M. Olson 1B40100020.242.327.452.7790.0
    S. Piscotty RF40000012.251.311.439.750-0.5
    M. Semien SS30100110.263.322.386.7081.5
    M. Canha CF40000024.247.321.434.756-1.0
    J. Lucroy C30100001.235.293.316.6091.0
    a- C. Pinder PH10000010.245.328.421.749-0.5
    • a-struck out for Lucroy in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Maldonado (17)
    • 3B - M. Maldonado
    • HR - A. Bregman (24), Y. Gurriel (8), M. Gonzalez (11), E. Gattis (24), M. Maldonado (7)
    • RBI - G. Springer (59), A. Bregman 2 (77), Y. Gurriel 3 (61), M. Gonzalez (47), E. Gattis (71), M. Maldonado (38)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (28), Y. Gurriel 3 (22), E. Gattis (25)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Correa, J. Reddick
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Chapman (17), K. Davis 2 (36)
    • RBI - M. Chapman (45), K. Davis 3 (98)
    • 2-Out RBI - K. Davis 3 (37)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lowrie, M. Canha 3 (3), J. Lucroy
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Gurriel-Correa-White)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Lowrie-Semien-Olson; Semien-Lowrie-Olson)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Verlander (W, 12-8)5.17441632.650.9313.0
    B. Peacock (H, 8)0.20001203.191.040.0
    R. Pressly1.01000103.211.232.5
    H. Rondon1.00000002.361.093.0
    J. Smith1.00000103.480.923.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Verlander (W, 12-8)5.1
    B. Peacock (H, 8)0.2
    R. Pressly1.0
    H. Rondon1.0
    J. Smith1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Manaea (L, 11-9)4.09660523.701.07-5.5
    L. Trivino1.00000001.651.053.0
    S. Kelley0.21000203.030.930.0
    R. Buchter0.10000003.421.410.0
    E. Pagan3.03330433.711.185.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Manaea (L, 11-9)4.0
    L. Trivino1.0
    S. Kelley0.2
    R. Buchter0.1
    E. Pagan3.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - B. Peacock (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 101-69, B. Peacock 19-10, R. Pressly 13-9, H. Rondon 6-3, J. Smith 14-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-5, R. Pressly 1-1, H. Rondon 1-2, J. Smith 2-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 23, B. Peacock 3, R. Pressly 4, H. Rondon 3, J. Smith 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 67-46, L. Trivino 8-5, S. Kelley 15-12, R. Buchter 5-3, E. Pagan 47-31
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 3-3, L. Trivino 1-1, E. Pagan 2-3
    • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 20, L. Trivino 2, S. Kelley 3, R. Buchter, E. Pagan 12
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF51210020.249.333.430.7633.0
    A. Bregman 3B52321000.280.384.522.90510.0
    Y. Gurriel 2B-1B41131022.280.311.407.7197.0
    C. Correa SS40100011.253.340.448.7880.5
    T. White 1B40100021.294.388.600.9880.0
    T. Kemp LF00000000.280.365.429.7940.0
    M. Gonzalez LF-2B41111012.239.322.387.7095.5
    E. Gattis DH41111011.236.294.489.7835.5
    J. Reddick RF40000021.243.311.398.709-1.0
    M. Maldonado C43311000.222.281.357.63813.0
    Total38913950118-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      N. Martini LF41100001.300.419.443.8612.0
      M. Chapman 3B31111111.276.363.506.8696.5
      J. Lowrie 2B40000023.270.349.464.813-1.0
      K. Davis DH42332000.259.333.565.89814.0
      M. Olson 1B40100020.242.327.452.7790.0
      S. Piscotty RF40000012.251.311.439.750-0.5
      M. Semien SS30100110.263.322.386.7081.5
      M. Canha CF40000024.247.321.434.756-1.0
      J. Lucroy C30100001.235.293.316.6091.0
      a- C. Pinder PH10000010.245.328.421.749-0.5
      Total34484321012-----
      • a-struck out for Lucroy in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Maldonado (17)
      • 3B - M. Maldonado
      • HR - A. Bregman (24), Y. Gurriel (8), M. Gonzalez (11), E. Gattis (24), M. Maldonado (7)
      • RBI - G. Springer (59), A. Bregman 2 (77), Y. Gurriel 3 (61), M. Gonzalez (47), E. Gattis (71), M. Maldonado (38)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman (28), Y. Gurriel 3 (22), E. Gattis (25)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Correa, J. Reddick
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Chapman (17), K. Davis 2 (36)
      • RBI - M. Chapman (45), K. Davis 3 (98)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Davis 3 (37)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Lowrie, M. Canha 3 (3), J. Lucroy
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Gurriel-Correa-White)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Lowrie-Semien-Olson; Semien-Lowrie-Olson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Verlander (W, 12-8)5.17441632.650.9313.0
      B. Peacock (H, 8)0.20001203.191.040.0
      R. Pressly1.01000103.211.232.5
      H. Rondon1.00000002.361.093.0
      J. Smith1.00000103.480.923.5
      Total9.08442103---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Verlander (W, 12-8)5.1
      B. Peacock (H, 8)0.2
      R. Pressly1.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      J. Smith1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Manaea (L, 11-9)4.09660523.701.07-5.5
      L. Trivino1.00000001.651.053.0
      S. Kelley0.21000203.030.930.0
      R. Buchter0.10000003.421.410.0
      E. Pagan3.03330433.711.185.0
      Total9.013990115---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Manaea (L, 11-9)4.0
      L. Trivino1.0
      S. Kelley0.2
      R. Buchter0.1
      E. Pagan3.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Peacock (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Verlander 101-69, B. Peacock 19-10, R. Pressly 13-9, H. Rondon 6-3, J. Smith 14-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Verlander 4-5, R. Pressly 1-1, H. Rondon 1-2, J. Smith 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Verlander 23, B. Peacock 3, R. Pressly 4, H. Rondon 3, J. Smith 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 67-46, L. Trivino 8-5, S. Kelley 15-12, R. Buchter 5-3, E. Pagan 47-31
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 3-3, L. Trivino 1-1, E. Pagan 2-3
      • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 20, L. Trivino 2, S. Kelley 3, R. Buchter, E. Pagan 12
      • 8TH INNING
        Gonzalez homered to right center94
      • 7TH INNING
        Bregman homered to center84
        Maldonado homered to left center74
      • 5TH INNING
        Springer reached on an infield single to third, Maldonado scored64
      • 4TH INNING
        Gattis homered to left54
      • 3RD INNING
        Davis homered to right center, Martini scored44
        Gurriel homered to left, Springer and Bregman scored42
        Bregman singled to shallow right center, Maldonado scored, Springer to second12
      • 1ST INNING
        Davis homered to left center02
        Chapman homered to center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • E. Pagan Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Foul, Maldonado grounded out to third
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Bregman: Bregman flied out to left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Joe Smith relieved Hector Rondon
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Semien grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Canha grounded out to pitcher
        • Chad Pinder hit for Jonathan Lucroy
        • C. Pinder: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • E. Pagan Pitching:
        • T. White: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, White struck out on foul tip
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gonzalez homered to right center
        • E. Gattis: Ball, Strike looking, Gattis fouled out to first
        • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Hector Rondon relieved Ryan Pressly
        • Tony Kemp in left field
        • K. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to center
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Olson flied out to deep right
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Ryan Buchter
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maldonado homered to left center
        • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
        • A. Bregman: Bregman homered to center
        • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • C. Correa: Foul, Correa flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Brad Peacock
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy singled to center
        • N. Martini: Strike looking, Martini reached on fielder's choice to second, Lucroy out at second
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Chapman lined out to center
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Lowrie struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Shawn Kelley relieved Lou Trivino
        • T. White: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, White singled to center
        • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gattis struck out swinging
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Shawn Kelley
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Reddick flied out to right
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Davis singled to left
        • M. Olson: Ball, Olson singled to right, Davis to third
        • Brad Peacock relieved Justin Verlander
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Ball, Olson to second on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maldonado tripled to left center
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Foul, Springer reached on an infield single to third, Maldonado scored
        • A. Bregman: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman singled to shallow right, Springer to second
        • Lou Trivino relieved Sean Manaea
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Gurriel grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Springer to third, Bregman out at second
        • C. Correa: Ball, Correa flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lucroy grounded out to third
        • N. Martini: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martini flied out to left
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • T. White: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, White flied out to deep center
        • M. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Gonzalez lined out to center
        • E. Gattis: Gattis homered to left
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Reddick fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty flied out to deep left
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Canha fouled out to catcher
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • E. Gattis: Strike looking, Gattis grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maldonado doubled to deep left
        • G. Springer: Foul, Springer singled to left, Maldonado to third
        • A. Bregman: Bregman singled to shallow right center, Maldonado scored, Springer to second
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel homered to left, Springer and Bregman scored
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Correa struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • N. Martini: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martini singled to right center
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chapman walked, Martini to second
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lowrie grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Martini to third, Chapman out at second
        • K. Davis: Davis homered to right center, Martini scored
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa singled to left
        • T. White: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, White struck out looking
        • M. Gonzalez: Gonzalez grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Correa out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Piscotty grounded out to first
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Semien singled to left
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Canha struck out looking
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Springer struck out on foul tip
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bregman grounded out to third
        • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Verlander Pitching:
        • N. Martini: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Martini flied out to center
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman homered to center
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Lowrie popped out to shortstop
        • K. Davis: Davis homered to left center
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Olson struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)