Chapman, Canha back Bassitt in A's 8-4 win over Astros

OAKLAND,Calif. (AP) Chris Bassitt believes the Oakland Athletics' struggles against the Houston Astros are due in part to the perception that the 2017 World Series championship are unbeatable.

He helped pierce that aura of invincibility on Saturday.

Matt Chapman doubled among his three hits and Mark Canha had two hits and three RBIs to back Bassitt's six solid innings in the Athletics' 8-4 victory over the Astros.

Matt Olson and Josh Phegley each had two hits for Oakland, which finished with 13 hits - just two for extra bases. The A's have won four straight games and 11 of their last 16. They have gained four games in four days on the Astros, closing to within 6 1/2 games of the AL West leaders.

Oakland has won the first three of a four-game series against Houston after dropping nine of its first 11 games to the Astros.

''To me personality, it has been a problem,'' Bassitt said. ''Are they a great team? Yeah. Are they a top two or three team in all of baseball? Yeah. But when you give them more credit than they deserve everything snowballs on you.

''When you go on the attack and you attack them, it makes life a whole heck of a lot easier.''

Chapman offered a more measured perspective.

''I would just chalk it up to us being confident and playing really well right now,'' he said.

Bassitt (9-5) gave up three runs and eight hits with two walks. In seven starts since the All-Star break he's 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA. Bassitt threw 116 pitches, a career high for the 30-year-old who missed all of 2017 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The A's won for just the third time this season in game in which they didn't homer.

''When we play like that, when we don't hit a home run and we win, I think that's good for our psyche,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said.

Yordan Alvarez homered twice for Houston, which has lost five straight and six of seven after winning eight in a row and 18 of 21.

The A's scored five runs against rookie starter Rogelio Armenteros (1-1) in the third, when the first seven hitters reached base safely. Canha's two-run single highlighted a rally that gave the A's a 5-2 lead.

Armenteros gave up five runs and seven hits with one walk in four innings. The 25-year-old was called up from Triple-A Round Rock to make his second career start and fifth appearance with starter Gerrit Cole missing his second turn in the rotation with a right hamstring injury.

''It didn't happen the way I wanted,'' Armenteros said through a translator. ''They found my holes in my execution. I have to keep focusing on all aspects of the game, pitch selection, execution and command.''

Oakland opened up an 8-3 lead in the fifth, when four straight batters reached safely to start a three-run inning.

Alvarez hit his 19th homer off reliever Ryan Buchter leading off the eighth. He homered off Bassitt in the fifth.

Michael Brantley was 2 for 4 with his fourth straight multi-hit game for Houston.

MOVES

Armenteros was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock after Saturday's game. ... Astros RHP Francis Martes was reinstated from the restricted list and placed on the minor league injured list. Martes, who had Tommy John surgery on Aug. 15 of last year, was suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance enhancing drugs in March.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Brad Peacock (right shoulder) is expected to be activated from the injured list on Sunday, manager A.J. Hinch said. Peacock's return would be a welcome addition a taxed Astros bullpen. Going into Saturday four relievers (Hector Rondon, Ryan Pressly, Will Harris and Joe Smith) had pitched in three of their previous four games. ... RHP Cy Sneed was optioned to Round Rock to make room on 25-man roster for Armenteros.

Athletics: OF Stephen Piscotty injured his right ankle sliding into second base on a pickoff attempt. He left the game for a pinch-runner. Melvin said the injury isn't believed to be serious but Piscotty will likely sit out Sunday's game.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Zack Greinke (12-4, 2.91 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts with Houston. He's 6-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 16 appearances (12 starts) against Oakland.

Atheltics: LHP Brett Anderson (10-8, 3.95) is 1-4 with a 6.58 ERA in six appearances (five starts) against Houston.

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HOU78-46
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OAK71-52
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  • W: C. Bassitt (9-5)L: R. Armenteros (1-1)
  • HR: HOU - Y. Alvarez 2 (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
G. Springer RF50200011.294.377.571.9491.5
J. Altuve 2B51100002.300.359.543.9022.0
M. Brantley LF41200001.333.390.542.9313.0
A. Bregman 3B30110101.275.405.550.9554.0
Y. Alvarez DH32232013.344.426.7191.14512.5
C. Correa SS30000103.281.357.562.9191.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40100012.305.342.548.8900.5
M. Maldonado C40100013.210.282.344.6260.5
J. Marisnick CF40000011.245.302.446.748-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS51100011.270.356.471.8271.5
    R. Grossman LF42110121.249.345.366.7124.0
    M. Chapman 3B32310100.264.348.539.88710.0
    M. Olson 1B41220102.259.344.530.8746.0
    M. Canha CF40230013.262.383.509.8924.5
    S. Piscotty RF30110021.246.309.405.7132.0
    C. Pinder PR-RF00000000.250.296.445.7410.0
    K. Davis DH40000003.222.293.380.6730.0
    C. Joseph 2B41100002.313.294.500.7942.0
    J. Phegley C41200001.247.286.428.7143.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (25)
      • HR - Y. Alvarez 2 (19)
      • SF - Y. Alvarez (2)
      • RBI - A. Bregman (80), Y. Alvarez 3 (55)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez (28)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, A. Bregman, C. Correa 3 (3), M. Maldonado 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Chapman 2 (31), S. Piscotty (16)
      • SF - S. Piscotty (3)
      • RBI - R. Grossman (34), M. Chapman (70), M. Olson 2 (60), M. Canha 3 (38), S. Piscotty (41)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson 2 (2), M. Canha 3 (3), K. Davis, C. Joseph, J. Phegley
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - G. Springer (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Semien-Joseph-Olson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Armenteros (L, 1-1)4.07551304.001.22-4.5
      C. Devenski1.02331004.821.32-3.0
      C. McHugh2.03001204.991.213.0
      J. Smith1.01000101.500.922.5
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Armenteros (L, 1-1)4.0
      C. Devenski1.0
      C. McHugh2.0
      J. Smith1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Bassitt (W, 9-5)6.08332413.611.2017.0
      B. Treinen1.01000004.671.542.0
      R. Buchter1.01110013.381.591.0
      Y. Petit1.00000102.560.843.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Bassitt (W, 9-5)6.0
      B. Treinen1.0
      R. Buchter1.0
      Y. Petit1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Devenski (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Armenteros 73-46, C. Devenski 21-11, C. McHugh 41-25, J. Smith 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Armenteros 4-4, C. Devenski 1-2, C. McHugh 1-3
      • Batters Faced - R. Armenteros 19, C. Devenski 7, C. McHugh 10, J. Smith 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bassitt 116-71, B. Treinen 10-7, R. Buchter 9-7, Y. Petit 8-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bassitt 4-9, B. Treinen 1-2, Y. Petit 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Bassitt 27, B. Treinen 4, R. Buchter 4, Y. Petit 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HOU78-46
      0020100104100
      OAK71-52
      00503000X8130
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer RF50200011.294.377.571.9491.5
      J. Altuve 2B51100002.300.359.543.9022.0
      M. Brantley LF41200001.333.390.542.9313.0
      A. Bregman 3B30110101.275.405.550.9554.0
      Y. Alvarez DH32232013.344.426.7191.14512.5
      C. Correa SS30000103.281.357.562.9191.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B40100012.305.342.548.8900.5
      M. Maldonado C40100013.210.282.344.6260.5
      J. Marisnick CF40000011.245.302.446.748-0.5
      Total35410422517-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Semien SS51100011.270.356.471.8271.5
        R. Grossman LF42110121.249.345.366.7124.0
        M. Chapman 3B32310100.264.348.539.88710.0
        M. Olson 1B41220102.259.344.530.8746.0
        M. Canha CF40230013.262.383.509.8924.5
        S. Piscotty RF30110021.246.309.405.7132.0
        C. Pinder PR-RF00000000.250.296.445.7410.0
        K. Davis DH40000003.222.293.380.6730.0
        C. Joseph 2B41100002.313.294.500.7942.0
        J. Phegley C41200001.247.286.428.7143.0
        Total35813803614-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman (25)
          • HR - Y. Alvarez 2 (19)
          • SF - Y. Alvarez (2)
          • RBI - A. Bregman (80), Y. Alvarez 3 (55)
          • 2-Out RBI - Y. Alvarez (28)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, A. Bregman, C. Correa 3 (3), M. Maldonado 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Chapman 2 (31), S. Piscotty (16)
          • SF - S. Piscotty (3)
          • RBI - R. Grossman (34), M. Chapman (70), M. Olson 2 (60), M. Canha 3 (38), S. Piscotty (41)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson 2 (2), M. Canha 3 (3), K. Davis, C. Joseph, J. Phegley
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - G. Springer (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Semien-Joseph-Olson)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Armenteros (L, 1-1)4.07551304.001.22-4.5
          C. Devenski1.02331004.821.32-3.0
          C. McHugh2.03001204.991.213.0
          J. Smith1.01000101.500.922.5
          Total8.01388360---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Armenteros (L, 1-1)4.0
          C. Devenski1.0
          C. McHugh2.0
          J. Smith1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Bassitt (W, 9-5)6.08332413.611.2017.0
          B. Treinen1.01000004.671.542.0
          R. Buchter1.01110013.381.591.0
          Y. Petit1.00000102.560.843.5
          Total9.01044252---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Bassitt (W, 9-5)6.0
          B. Treinen1.0
          R. Buchter1.0
          Y. Petit1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Devenski (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Armenteros 73-46, C. Devenski 21-11, C. McHugh 41-25, J. Smith 17-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Armenteros 4-4, C. Devenski 1-2, C. McHugh 1-3
          • Batters Faced - R. Armenteros 19, C. Devenski 7, C. McHugh 10, J. Smith 4
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bassitt 116-71, B. Treinen 10-7, R. Buchter 9-7, Y. Petit 8-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bassitt 4-9, B. Treinen 1-2, Y. Petit 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Bassitt 27, B. Treinen 4, R. Buchter 4, Y. Petit 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Alvarez homered to center48
          • 5TH INNING
            Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to right, Olson scored38
            Canha singled to left center, Chapman scored, Olson to third37
            Olson singled to right, Grossman scored, Chapman to third36
            Alvarez homered to right35
          • 3RD INNING
            Canha singled to right, Grossman and Chapman scored, Olson to third, Canha out at second25
            Olson singled to right center, Semien scored, Grossman to third, Chapman to second23
            Chapman walked, Phegley scored, Semien to third, Grossman to second22
            Grossman singled to center, Joseph scored, Phegley to third, Semien to second21
            Alvarez hit sacrifice fly to left, Brantley scored20
            Bregman doubled to left center, Altuve scored, Brantley to third10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Ryan Buchter
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Marisnick struck out swinging
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer flied out to right
            • J. Altuve: Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Ryan Buchter relieved Blake Treinen
            • Y. Alvarez: Alvarez homered to center
            • Ca. Correa: Correa fouled out to first
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel popped out to third
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Maldonado flied out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Joe Smith relieved Collin McHugh
            • M. Semien: Foul, Semien lined out to left
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chapman singled to right
            • M. Olson: Olson flied out to deep right
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Blake Treinen relieved Chris Bassitt
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Springer singled to right center
            • J. Altuve: Altuve flied out to deep right
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second, Springer to second
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Bregman flied out to right
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. McHugh Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Piscotty doubled to center
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis flied out to right
            • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Joseph grounded out to first, Piscotty to third
            • Chad Pinder ran for Stephen Piscotty
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Phegley popped out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gurriel singled to left
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maldonado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gurriel out at second
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick popped out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Collin McHugh relieved Chris Devenski
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Foul, Phegley singled to center
            • M. Semien: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Semien lined out to right
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Grossman struck out looking
            • M. Chapman: Chapman doubled to deep left, Phegley to third
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Olson walked
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Canha struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley flied out to center
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman fouled out to first
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Alvarez homered to right
            • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Correa grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Chris Devenski relieved Rogelio Armenteros
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Grossman walked
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman hit by pitch, Grossman to second
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Olson singled to right, Grossman scored, Chapman to third
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Canha singled to left center, Chapman scored, Olson to third
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to right, Olson scored
            • K. Davis: Ball, Davis reached on fielder's choice to second, Canha out at second
            • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Joseph flied out to deep center
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • J. Marisnick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Marisnick popped out to shortstop
            • G. Springer: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer lined out to right
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Altuve grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Armenteros Pitching:
            • C. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Joseph popped out to shortstop
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Phegley grounded out to third
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve singled to center
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Brantley singled to left center, Altuve to second
            • A. Bregman: Bregman doubled to left center, Altuve scored, Brantley to third
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Alvarez hit sacrifice fly to left, Brantley scored
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gurriel struck out swinging
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Maldonado struck out looking
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Armenteros Pitching:
            • C. Joseph: Joseph singled to right
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Ball, Phegley singled to center, Joseph to second
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien reached on an infield single to shortstop, Joseph to third, Phegley to second
            • R. Grossman: Strike swinging, Ball, Grossman singled to center, Joseph scored, Phegley to third, Semien to second
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman walked, Phegley scored, Semien to third, Grossman to second
            • M. Olson: Ball, Olson singled to right center, Semien scored, Grossman to third, Chapman to second
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike swinging, Canha singled to right, Grossman and Chapman scored, Olson to third, Canha out at second
            • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Davis grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Gurriel popped out to catcher
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Maldonado singled to left
            • J. Marisnick: Marisnick grounded out to pitcher, Maldonado to second
            • G. Springer: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Springer struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Armenteros Pitching:
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Canha grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Davis lined out to center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Bassitt Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Springer singled to right center
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Ball, Altuve lined out to left
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brantley singled to deep right, Springer to third
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Bregman walked, Brantley to second
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Correa flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Armenteros Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien flied out to center
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman lined out to center
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Chapman doubled to deep right center
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Olson grounded out to second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)