Walkover: Astros beaten by A's in both ends of doubleheader

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) For a team that's spent most of the season atop the American League standings and recently ran off seven straight wins, the Houston Astros suddenly look a little vulnerable.

Back-to-back meltdowns by their bullpen and an offense that managed only five runs in 18 innings against struggling Oakland resulted in a doubleheader sweep for the Athletics.

Normally reliable Houston reliever Chris Devenski allowed two runs in the seventh inning, including Chad Pinder's tiebreaking homer with two outs, and the Astros lost the second game 11-4 on Saturday.

Houston's third straight loss to the last-place A's dropped the Astros into a tie with streaking Cleveland for the best record in the AL at 86-56 - the first time they haven't had sole possession of the top spot since May 10. The Indians have won 17 straight.

''Really just not making pitches,'' said manager A.J. Hinch, whose bullpen has been roughed up for 23 runs over 10 1/3 innings in this series. ''They were good for a really long time. They're going to be good again, but not today.''

The Astros' magic number for winning the AL West dropped to seven when the Angels lost in Seattle.

Houston lost the first game 11-1 when Astros pitchers forced in five runs with bases-loaded walks and the team tied a franchise record with 13 free passes.

The nightcap wasn't much better.

Jose Altuve hit his 23rd home run and inched closer to 200 hits, but the Astros couldn't hold an early three-run lead in the makeup of an April 16 rainout - the first at the Coliseum since 2014.

Houston led 4-3 on pinch-hitter George Springer's sacrifice fly in the seventh that drove in Carlos Beltran.

Devenski (8-4) had allowed one earned run over his previous 15 appearances before getting touched up for two in the seventh.

The Astros' bullpen gave up nine runs overall and spoiled a mostly strong outing by starter Brad Peacock, who struck out nine. He allowed two runs and didn't walk a batter over 5 2/3 innings.

''Definitely not our best, but we'll put it behind us and move forward,'' Devenski said. ''That's all we can do right now. We have a great team. Tomorrow's a new day and we'll start fresh.''

Pinder homered again as part of a six-run eighth for Oakland, which has won four straight overall.

Chris Hatcher (1-1) retired six batters for the win.

In the opener, Oakland led 3-1 before Tyler Clippard issued the first bases-loaded walk to Jed Lowrie in the sixth inning. Reymin Guduan forced in three more while allowing five straight walks on 28 pitches in the eighth. Astros infielder J.D. Davis relieved Guduan and struck out Marcus Semien and Khris Davis, but also allowed another run by walking Pinder.

Houston tied the club mark for walks set on May 4, 1975, against San Francisco.

The Astros entered the series with a seven-game winning streak.

''It's coming down to it,'' losing pitcher Charlie Morton said. ''I think we really just want to finish the year going in the playoffs on our own streak, get in a groove and continue on in October.''

Morton (11-7) allowed three runs in five innings.

Daniel Gossett (4-8) had a career-high seven strikeouts and allowed one run over six-plus innings for his first win since Aug. 2.

''Maybe not his best command at times, got behind some guys, but made some big pitches when he had to,'' manager Bob Melvin said.

Khris Davis hit a two-run single in the sixth, giving him 101 RBIs this season after he drove in 102 runs last year. He is the first A's player to have 100 RBIs in back-to-back seasons since Eric Chavez and Miguel Tejada from 2002-03.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros catcher Juan Centeno was being examined for a concussion after being hit in the head by Lowrie's bat on a follow-through in the second inning of the first game. Max Stassi replaced Centeno. ... Evan Gattis was activated off the disabled list after being out due to soreness in his right wrist and is scheduled to be the DH on Sunday. The veteran catcher went on the DL five days after coming off following a three-week stint due to a concussion.

UP NEXT

LHP Dallas Keuchel (12-3, 2.88 ERA) pitches the series finale for the Astros on Sunday, while the A's counter with RHP Kendall Graveman (4-4, 4.70). Keuchel is 3-0 with a 0.83 ERA in three starts against Oakland this season.

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AstrosHOU86-55
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AthleticsOAK61-80
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  • W: C. Hatcher (1-2)L: C. Devenski (8-4)
  • HR: HOU - J. Altuve (23), OAK - M. Olson (16), C. Pinder 2 (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Maybin CF50000014.230.326.363.689-0.5
A. Bregman 3B31100101.284.355.473.8283.0
J. Altuve 2B41121001.350.410.564.9747.0
C. Correa SS41100001.304.382.530.9111.0
J. Reddick LF30110111.317.364.489.8532.5
Y. Gurriel 1B40000013.288.320.476.796-0.5
C. Beltran DH31200100.234.288.395.6835.0
B. McCann C30100122.244.331.420.7521.0
T. Kemp LF20000001.188.188.250.4380.0
a- G. Springer RF10010001.295.377.542.9181.0
  • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Kemp in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Powell CF41230020.283.369.377.7465.0
C. Pinder RF52242021.248.299.483.78313.0
R. Healy DH51100011.266.298.450.7481.5
M. Olson 1B41221010.267.344.610.9537.5
M. Chapman 3B41100012.242.313.489.8022.5
B. Maxwell C41210000.243.336.346.6825.0
M. Canha LF41100011.203.246.398.6452.5
J. Wendle 2B31100110.500.600.7501.3503.5
F. Barreto SS42210021.189.246.377.6236.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Beltran (27)
    • HR - J. Altuve (23)
    • SF - G. Springer (4)
    • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (76), J. Reddick (79), G. Springer (76)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve 2 (26), J. Reddick (32)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Chapman (18), B. Maxwell (10), M. Canha (10), J. Wendle
    • 3B - F. Barreto (2)
    • HR - C. Pinder 2 (14), M. Olson (16)
    • SF - B. Powell
    • RBI - B. Powell 3 (9), C. Pinder 4 (38), M. Olson 2 (32), B. Maxwell (20), F. Barreto (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - B. Powell 2 (2), C. Pinder 4 (11), M. Olson 2 (8), B. Maxwell (11), F. Barreto (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - C. Correa
    FIELDING
    • DP - B. Maxwell, J. Wendle, M. Olson, M. Chapman
    • E - F. Barreto (4), B. Powell
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Peacock5.25220913.051.2412.5
    J. Musgrove (BS, 2)0.12110104.931.36-2.5
    C. Devenski (L, 8-4) (BS, 6)1.02220012.660.93-6.0
    F. Liriano0.21110105.901.68-1.5
    M. Feliz0.14551015.871.59-10.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Peacock5.2
    J. Musgrove (BS, 2)0.1
    C. Devenski (L, 8-4) (BS, 6)1.0
    F. Liriano0.2
    M. Feliz0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Mengden6.05322417.071.6414.0
    S. Moll0.021100010.131.88-3.0
    C. Hatcher (W, 1-2)2.00001004.351.3312.0
    S. Casilla1.00001104.131.412.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Mengden6.0
    S. Moll0.0
    C. Hatcher (W, 1-2)2.0
    S. Casilla1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - M. Feliz
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 84-60, J. Musgrove 10-8, C. Devenski 21-12, F. Liriano 10-8, M. Feliz 18-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 5-3, M. Feliz 1-0
    • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 22, J. Musgrove 3, C. Devenski 5, F. Liriano 3, M. Feliz 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 78-49, S. Moll 7-5, C. Hatcher 18-8, S. Casilla 16-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 6-7, C. Hatcher 3-3, S. Casilla 2-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 24, S. Moll 2, C. Hatcher 7, S. Casilla 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    AstrosHOU86-55
    000003100470
    AthleticsOAK61-80
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Maybin CF50000014.230.326.363.689-0.5
    A. Bregman 3B31100101.284.355.473.8283.0
    J. Altuve 2B41121001.350.410.564.9747.0
    C. Correa SS41100001.304.382.530.9111.0
    J. Reddick LF30110111.317.364.489.8532.5
    Y. Gurriel 1B40000013.288.320.476.796-0.5
    C. Beltran DH31200100.234.288.395.6835.0
    B. McCann C30100122.244.331.420.7521.0
    T. Kemp LF20000001.188.188.250.4380.0
    a- G. Springer RF10010001.295.377.542.9181.0
    Total3247414515-----
    • a-hit a sacrifice fly for Kemp in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Powell CF41230020.283.369.377.7465.0
    C. Pinder RF52242021.248.299.483.78313.0
    R. Healy DH51100011.266.298.450.7481.5
    M. Olson 1B41221010.267.344.610.9537.5
    M. Chapman 3B41100012.242.313.489.8022.5
    B. Maxwell C41210000.243.336.346.6825.0
    M. Canha LF41100011.203.246.398.6452.5
    J. Wendle 2B31100110.500.600.7501.3503.5
    F. Barreto SS42210021.189.246.377.6236.0
    Total3711141131116-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Beltran (27)
      • HR - J. Altuve (23)
      • SF - G. Springer (4)
      • RBI - J. Altuve 2 (76), J. Reddick (79), G. Springer (76)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Altuve 2 (26), J. Reddick (32)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Chapman (18), B. Maxwell (10), M. Canha (10), J. Wendle
      • 3B - F. Barreto (2)
      • HR - C. Pinder 2 (14), M. Olson (16)
      • SF - B. Powell
      • RBI - B. Powell 3 (9), C. Pinder 4 (38), M. Olson 2 (32), B. Maxwell (20), F. Barreto (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - B. Powell 2 (2), C. Pinder 4 (11), M. Olson 2 (8), B. Maxwell (11), F. Barreto (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - C. Correa
      FIELDING
      • DP - B. Maxwell, J. Wendle, M. Olson, M. Chapman
      • E - F. Barreto (4), B. Powell
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Peacock5.25220913.051.2412.5
      J. Musgrove (BS, 2)0.12110104.931.36-2.5
      C. Devenski (L, 8-4) (BS, 6)1.02220012.660.93-6.0
      F. Liriano0.21110105.901.68-1.5
      M. Feliz0.14551015.871.59-10.0
      Total8.01411111113---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Peacock5.2
      J. Musgrove (BS, 2)0.1
      C. Devenski (L, 8-4) (BS, 6)1.0
      F. Liriano0.2
      M. Feliz0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Mengden6.05322417.071.6414.0
      S. Moll0.021100010.131.88-3.0
      C. Hatcher (W, 1-2)2.00001004.351.3312.0
      S. Casilla1.00001104.131.412.5
      Total9.0743451---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Mengden6.0
      S. Moll0.0
      C. Hatcher (W, 1-2)2.0
      S. Casilla1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - M. Feliz
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Peacock 84-60, J. Musgrove 10-8, C. Devenski 21-12, F. Liriano 10-8, M. Feliz 18-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Peacock 5-3, M. Feliz 1-0
      • Batters Faced - B. Peacock 22, J. Musgrove 3, C. Devenski 5, F. Liriano 3, M. Feliz 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 78-49, S. Moll 7-5, C. Hatcher 18-8, S. Casilla 16-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 6-7, C. Hatcher 3-3, S. Casilla 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 24, S. Moll 2, C. Hatcher 7, S. Casilla 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Pinder homered to right, Barreto and Powell scored411
        Powell singled to right, Canha and Wendle scored, Barreto to third48
        Barreto reached on an infield single to third, Maxwell scored, Canha to third, Wendle to second46
      • 7TH INNING
        Pinder homered to left45
        Powell hit sacrifice fly to center, Barreto scored44
        Springer hit sacrifice fly to right, Beltran scored43
      • 6TH INNING
        Maxwell doubled to deep center, Chapman scored33
        Olson homered to right, Healy scored32
        Reddick reached on an infield single to first, Correa scored30
        Altuve homered to left center, Bregman scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Santiago Casilla relieved Chris Hatcher
        • C. Beltran: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Beltran walked
        • B. McCann: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Springer safe at first on shortstop Barreto fielding error, Beltran to second
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Maybin grounded into double play third to second to first, Springer out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 8TH INNING
        • C. Hatcher Pitching:
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to second
        • C. Correa: Ball, Ball, Correa grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Francisco Liriano relieved Chris Devenski
        • M. Olson: Olson flied out to center
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Maxwell singled to center
        • Michael Feliz relieved Francisco Liriano
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Canha doubled to deep left, Maxwell to third
        • J. Wendle: Wendle intentionally walked
        • F. Barreto: Foul, Foul, Barreto reached on an infield single to third, Maxwell scored, Canha to third, Wendle to second
        • B. Powell: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Powell singled to right, Canha and Wendle scored, Barreto to third
        • C. Pinder: Pinder homered to right, Barreto and Powell scored
        • R. Healy: Ball, Foul, Foul, Healy grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (6 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Sam Moll relieved Daniel Mengden
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Beltran doubled to left
        • B. McCann: Ball, Strike looking, McCann reached on an infield single to shortstop, Beltran to third
        • Chris Hatcher relieved Sam Moll
        • George Springer hit for Tony Kemp
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Springer hit sacrifice fly to right, Beltran scored
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Maybin flied out to center
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Bregman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, McCann out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Chris Devenski relieved Joe Musgrove
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Wendle popped out to second
        • F. Barreto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Barreto tripled to right
        • B. Powell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Powell hit sacrifice fly to center, Barreto scored
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pinder homered to left
        • R. Healy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Healy flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • T. Kemp: Strike swinging, Kemp fouled out to left
        • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Maybin grounded out to third
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
        • J. Altuve: Altuve homered to left center, Bregman scored
        • C. Correa: Correa safe at first on center fielder Powell fielding error
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick reached on an infield single to first, Correa scored
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • B. Powell: Ball, Foul, Ball, Powell singled to left
        • C. Pinder: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pinder grounded out to second, Powell to second
        • R. Healy: Strike swinging, Ball, Healy reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Powell out at third
        • M. Olson: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Olson homered to right, Healy scored
        • Joe Musgrove relieved Brad Peacock
        • M. Chapman: Chapman doubled to deep right center
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Maxwell doubled to deep center, Chapman scored
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reddick grounded out to first
        • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to third
        • C. Beltran: Foul, Ball, Beltran singled to deep right center
        • B. McCann: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Maxwell flied out to deep left
        • M. Canha: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Canha grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Wendle: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wendle doubled to deep right center
        • F. Barreto: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Barreto struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman singled to left
        • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to deep right
        • C. Correa: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Correa grounded into double play third to second to first, Bregman out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • R. Healy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Healy struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Chapman lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • C. Beltran: Ball, Foul, Beltran lined out to right
        • B. McCann: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
        • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Kemp flied out to center
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Ball, Maybin grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • F. Barreto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Barreto struck out swinging
        • B. Powell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Powell struck out looking
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • C. Correa: Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Reddick struck out swinging
        • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Correa caught stealing, catcher to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Foul, Maxwell grounded out to second
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Canha grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • C. Maybin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Maybin struck out looking
        • A. Bregman: Bregman grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Peacock Pitching:
        • B. Powell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Powell struck out swinging
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • R. Healy: Strike swinging, Healy singled to deep right center
        • M. Olson: Ball, Olson reached on an infield single to first, Healy to second
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman lined out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)