Montas pitches A's past Houston to end Astros streak

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Frankie Montas spent too much time pitching from behind in his first start against Houston nearly two weeks ago. Given another chance, Oakland's rookie right-hander flipped the script and maintained the upper hand to end the longest winning streak in the majors this season.

A quirky home run by Matt Chapman helped, too.

Montas pitched into the seventh inning to stop Houston's 10-game winning streak, Chapman homered for the third time in six games and the Athletics beat the Astros 2-1 on Wednesday night.

''They've beaten us four times in a row and we have to have somebody go out there and put up some zeroes. That's exactly what he did,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''In a game like that you have to count on your starter to lead the way and he definitely did that.''

Jurickson Profar added two hits including an RBI double to make up for his team-leading fifth error. Profar has driven in 10 runs over his last eight games after batting .106 with zero RBIs in the first 12.

It's the A's first win over the Astros in five games.

Montas' only loss this season came against Houston on April 5 when he allowed two runs in five innings. The quick-pitching right-hander was much better this time, allowing three hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

Montas (3-1) didn't allow a hit until Yuli Gurriel's one-out single up the middle in the fifth. He also gave up an RBI single to Michael Brantley in the sixth and left after Josh Reddick's one-out single in the seventh.

''I was trying to attack early,'' Montas said. ''They were swinging, too, so that helps me a lot. When I pitched there I was falling behind a lot. This one I just tried to get on top of the count.''

Lou Trivinio struck out three of the five hitters he faced. Blake Treinen retired three batters for his sixth save.

Reddick said Montas was better at mixing his pitches than when Houston saw him previously.

''He didn't use his fastball as much as I thought he did the first time we faced him,'' Reddick said. ''He kept us off balance and made his pitches. That kid is really good. If he stays healthy he's going to be even better in the years to come.''

Chapman homered on a 1-1 pitch from Astros starter Wade Miley (1-2) leading off the sixth. Three of Chapman's four hits off left-handed pitching this season have been home runs.

''I definitely need to make a little bit of an adjustment on those lefties but it's nice that I've got to pop a few homers,'' Chapman said.

Miley gave up two runs in six innings and lost for the second time in seven starts against the A's.

''He threw one spinning cutter down to Chapman for the homer which was the difference,'' Astros manager AJ Hinch said.

STRONG STARTER

Montas has not allowed a run in the first or second inning this season and is holding opponents to a .083 batting average in the first two frames. ''It's starting to be dominant stuff at times,'' Melvin said.

SHAKY DEFENSE

Profar's throwing error in the first inning was his team-leading fifth in 20 games this season. Profar led the AL with 25 errors during his final season with Texas last year before signing with the A's in the offseason.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Marco Estrada was placed on the 10-day injured list, one day after failing to make it past the fourth inning for a second consecutive start. RHP Chris Bassitt was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and is expected to take Estrada's spot in the rotation.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (2-0, 3.52 ERA) goes against the Rangers in Texas on Friday. Verlander has won each of his last two outings and had a season-high 11 strikeouts in his last start against Seattle.

Athletics: RHP Aaron Brooks (2-1, 4.24) faces Toronto for the third time in his career Friday in Oakland. Brooks is winless against the Blue Jays and last pitched against them in 2015.

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  • W: F. Montas (3-1)L: W. Miley (1-2)S: B. Treinen (6)
  • HR: OAK - M. Chapman (6)
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C. Correa SS30000003.273.365.473.8381.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40200011.308.352.492.8441.5
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J. Reddick RF40100004.314.352.392.7443.0
R. Chirinos C40000034.225.347.500.847-1.5
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS20000202.316.396.506.9022.0
    M. Chapman 3B41111002.284.361.581.9436.0
    S. Piscotty RF40000012.228.307.405.712-0.5
    K. Davis DH30000001.260.305.662.9670.0
    C. Pinder LF30000000.298.317.526.8430.0
    M. Canha 1B31100000.241.450.483.9333.0
    R. Laureano CF30000001.243.284.386.6690.0
    J. Profar 2B30210000.200.247.347.5944.0
    J. Phegley C20000001.310.341.571.9121.0
      BATTING
      • RBI - M. Brantley (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, C. Correa 2 (2), R. Chirinos 3 (3), T. Kemp
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Canha, J. Profar (3)
      • HR - M. Chapman (6)
      • RBI - M. Chapman (13), J. Profar (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Profar (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Piscotty, K. Davis, J. Phegley
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Reddick
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel)
      • E - J. Altuve
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Canha-Semien)
      • E - F. Montas, J. Profar (5)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      W. Miley (L, 1-2)6.04221113.321.209.5
      W. Harris1.00000000.000.943.0
      B. Peacock1.00001003.940.812.0
      PITCHERSIP
      W. Miley (L, 1-2)6.0
      W. Harris1.0
      B. Peacock1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Montas (W, 3-1)6.13112602.700.9425.0
      L. Trivino (H, 7)1.20000301.420.554.5
      B. Treinen (S, 6)1.01001100.791.158.5
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Montas (W, 3-1)6.1
      L. Trivino (H, 7)1.2
      B. Treinen (S, 6)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - W. Miley (2)
      • HBP - W. Miley
      • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 92-57, W. Harris 11-6, B. Peacock 17-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 9-7, W. Harris 1-2, B. Peacock 1-2
      • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, W. Harris 3, B. Peacock 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - F. Montas (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Montas 88-58, L. Trivino 20-16, B. Treinen 23-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Montas 8-5, L. Trivino 1-1
      • Batters Faced - F. Montas 25, L. Trivino 5, B. Treinen 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer DH31000120.254.341.493.8341.0
      J. Altuve 2B40000011.310.359.634.993-0.5
      A. Bregman 3B30000100.286.388.446.8341.0
      M. Brantley LF30110111.299.365.433.7982.5
      C. Correa SS30000003.273.365.473.8381.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B40200011.308.352.492.8441.5
      J. Marisnick PR00000000.333.400.519.9190.0
      J. Reddick RF40100004.314.352.392.7443.0
      R. Chirinos C40000034.225.347.500.847-1.5
      T. Kemp CF30000021.179.303.286.589-1.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Semien SS20000202.316.396.506.9022.0
        M. Chapman 3B41111002.284.361.581.9436.0
        S. Piscotty RF40000012.228.307.405.712-0.5
        K. Davis DH30000001.260.305.662.9670.0
        C. Pinder LF30000000.298.317.526.8430.0
        M. Canha 1B31100000.241.450.483.9333.0
        R. Laureano CF30000001.243.284.386.6690.0
        J. Profar 2B30210000.200.247.347.5944.0
        J. Phegley C20000001.310.341.571.9121.0
        Total272421219-----
          BATTING
          • RBI - M. Brantley (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Brantley (5)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley, C. Correa 2 (2), R. Chirinos 3 (3), T. Kemp
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Canha, J. Profar (3)
          • HR - M. Chapman (6)
          • RBI - M. Chapman (13), J. Profar (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Profar (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Piscotty, K. Davis, J. Phegley
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Reddick
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Gurriel)
          • E - J. Altuve
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Canha-Semien)
          • E - F. Montas, J. Profar (5)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          W. Miley (L, 1-2)6.04221113.321.209.5
          W. Harris1.00000000.000.943.0
          B. Peacock1.00001003.940.812.0
          Total8.0422211---
          PITCHERSIP
          W. Miley (L, 1-2)6.0
          W. Harris1.0
          B. Peacock1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Montas (W, 3-1)6.13112602.700.9425.0
          L. Trivino (H, 7)1.20000301.420.554.5
          B. Treinen (S, 6)1.01001100.791.158.5
          Total9.04113100---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Montas (W, 3-1)6.1
          L. Trivino (H, 7)1.2
          B. Treinen (S, 6)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - W. Miley (2)
          • HBP - W. Miley
          • Pitches-Strikes - W. Miley 92-57, W. Harris 11-6, B. Peacock 17-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Miley 9-7, W. Harris 1-2, B. Peacock 1-2
          • Batters Faced - W. Miley 23, W. Harris 3, B. Peacock 4
          PITCHING
          • HBP - F. Montas (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Montas 88-58, L. Trivino 20-16, B. Treinen 23-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Montas 8-5, L. Trivino 1-1
          • Batters Faced - F. Montas 25, L. Trivino 5, B. Treinen 5
          • 6TH INNING
            Chapman homered to left center12
            Brantley singled to left, Springer scored, Bregman to second11
          • 2ND INNING
            Profar doubled to shallow left, Canha scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Blake Treinen relieved Lou Trivino
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Brantley walked
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Correa flied out to deep left
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gurriel singled to shallow left, Brantley to second
            • Jake Marisnick ran for Yuli Gurriel
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick popped out to second
            • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • L. Trivino Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Altuve grounded out to first
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman lined out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Brad Peacock relieved Will Harris
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Phegley flied out to left
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Chapman reached on fielder's choice to second, Semien out at second
            • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Piscotty fouled out to right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Ball, Gurriel grounded out to third
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Reddick singled to left
            • Lou Trivino relieved Frankie Montas
            • R. Chirinos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • T. Kemp: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Reddick stole second, Foul, Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Will Harris relieved Wade Miley
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Canha lined out to left
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Laureano lined out to center
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Profar grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Kemp struck out looking
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Springer to second on Montas throwing error, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
            • M. Brantley: Brantley singled to left, Springer scored, Bregman to second
            • C. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Correa grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Brantley out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Chapman homered to left center
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Pinder: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pinder flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Correa grounded out to shortstop
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Gurriel singled to center
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick lined out to center
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Chirinos flied out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • R. Laureano: Laureano grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Profar singled to shallow right
            • J. Phegley: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Phegley hit by pitch, Profar to second
            • M. Semien: Semien grounded out to second, Phegley out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve grounded out to second
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Brantley: Brantley lined out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis lined out to right
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Pinder grounded out to third
            • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Canha lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • T. Kemp: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kemp popped out to third
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Semien flied out to right
            • M. Chapman: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chapman flied out to right
            • S. Piscotty: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Piscotty grounded out to third
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • C. Correa: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Correa hit by pitch
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick grounded out to shortstop, Correa out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Pinder grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Canha: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Canha doubled to left
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Laureano grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Profar doubled to shallow left, Canha scored
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Profar to third on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Phegley flied out to deep center
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Springer struck out looking
            • J. Altuve: Altuve popped out to second
            • A. Bregman: Bregman safe at first on 2nd baseman Profar throwing error, Bregman to second
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Brantley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • W. Miley Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien walked
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Chapman reached on fielder's choice to third, Chapman to second, Semien out at second on 2nd baseman Altuve throwing error
            • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Piscotty flied out to center
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Davis grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)