Greinke gets 200th win, pitches Astros past A's 4-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) After earning his 200th win, Zack Greinke hopes he's on his way to even bigger achievements with the Houston Astros this season.

Greinke reached the milestone with seven smooth innings Sunday, pitching the first-place Astros past the Oakland Athletics 4-1 to avoid a four-game sweep.

Alex Bregman had a three-run homer among his four hits to back Greinke, who won his third straight start since joining Houston from the Arizona Diamondbacks at the July 31 trade deadline to make the Astros a World Series favorite.

''Wins are good. You look back at the end of the year and the team wins a lot and you win a lot, you can't ask for much more than that,'' Greinke said. ''I wouldn't say there's many pitchers that would say that that's the No. 1 most important stat for them, but if you and the team are winning, it's the most important. It doesn't necessarily say you're pitching the best, but it's the most important.''

Greinke (13-4) went nine up, nine down on 25 pitches to start the game before giving up Marcus Semien's 21st homer - two days after Semien doubled to break up a perfect game bid by Justin Verlander.

Greinke allowed four hits with three walks and six strikeouts to help the Astros stop a five-game losing streak. He became the 115th pitcher in major league history to reach 200 career wins, and the second in Houston's rotation along with Verlander.

''He can throw anything in any count. His range is anything from like 66 to 92 mph, which is incredible,'' A's starter Brett Anderson said. ''He's a Hall of Famer in my book.''

Yuli Gurriel added an RBI double in the sixth for undermanned Houston, which had a two-man bench but snapped Oakland's four-game winning streak. The Astros went back ahead of the A's by 7 1/2 games in the AL West race.

Anderson (10-9) exited in the sixth because of a blister on his pitching hand.

''I don't think it'll be a problem for his next start,'' manager Bob Melvin said.

The left-hander allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings, struck out three and walked four in losing his second straight start and fourth in five.

Oakland saw its home winning streak end at six games, matching the club's season high. One more win will clinch a winning record at the Coliseum for a third consecutive season.

Fill-in right fielder Chad Pinder threw out Jose Altuve at home plate in the first after he reached on a two-base throwing error by Anderson.

Bregman homered in the fifth, singled in the first and ninth, doubled in the fourth and drew an 11-pitch walk in the seventh from Jake Diekman.

Roberto Osuna finished for his 27th save.

AGAINST THE AL WEST

The A's also had a five-game winning streak against division opponents snapped, their longest vs. the AL West all season.

Not that Melvin is busy scoreboard watching yet at this relatively early stage - neither the division race nor the wild-card standings.

''I think that's a personal thing. I don't look at either right now,'' Melvin said. ''We're just trying to win as many games as we can. We know we're quite a bit behind these guys, so every game we can win against them gets us a little bit closer. We're still in August. It's not until a little bit later in September `til I start focusing on kind of where we are as far as the division and the wild card. Things flip around pretty quickly.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: Placed INF Aledmys Diaz on the injured list after he began experiencing lightheadedness and dizziness on the team bus Saturday. All tests at a hospital came back fine. The Astros were hopeful he would rejoin the club to fly home with the team. ... RHP Cy Sneed was recalled to take Diaz's spot on the 25-man roster, never leaving the Bay Area after he had been optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday. ... RHP Brad Peacock (right shoulder) was activated from the injured list. ... While the Astros are listing TBA for their Thursday starter, they remain hopeful of Gerrit Cole making his next start after being scratched last Tuesday with discomfort in his right hamstring.

Athletics: RF Stephen Piscotty sat out a day after rolling his right ankle sliding into second base to get back safely on a pickoff attempt in the seventh. Melvin hopes Piscotty will be ready to return Tuesday after the team's day off Monday. ... Slumping slugger Khris Davis, the 2018 major league home run leader who is in an 0-for-13 funk, got a day off. Melvin wanted to get Jurickson Profar some at-bats at DH. ... CF Ramon Laureano, on the injured list with a stress reaction in his right shin, is closer to running again - but not yet every day. He has done everything in his rehab but run so far. ... LHP Sean Manaea was scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Las Vegas, moving another step closer to returning for the first time since shoulder surgery last September. He was set to throw upward of about 100 pitches.

UP NEXT

Astros: LHP Wade Miley (11-4, 3.11 ERA) looks to win his sixth straight decision over 11 starts since his last loss June 17 at Cincinnati as Houston returns home to host Detroit.

Athletics: After the day off, 10-game winner Homer Bailey pitches the series opener at home against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. He won 6-1 with the Royals in New York on April 18.

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  • W: Z. Greinke (13-4)L: B. Anderson (10-9)S: R. Osuna (27)
  • HR: HOU - A. Bregman (30), OAK - M. Semien (21)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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G. Springer CF50100001.293.375.566.9411.0
J. Altuve 2B41000102.296.357.537.8944.0
M. Brantley LF40200103.335.392.541.9333.0
A. Bregman 3B41431100.282.411.563.97413.0
Y. Alvarez DH50000037.335.417.7011.117-1.5
C. Correa SS21000202.279.359.558.9173.0
Y. Gurriel 1B40110002.304.341.548.8893.0
R. Chirinos C40100023.228.341.409.7500.0
J. Reddick RF41100002.265.305.384.6892.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS31111100.271.357.476.8337.0
    R. Grossman LF30100102.250.347.366.7132.0
    M. Chapman 3B40000012.262.346.534.880-0.5
    M. Olson 1B40200021.262.345.532.8782.0
    M. Canha CF40100023.261.381.505.8870.0
    C. Joseph 2B40000014.250.238.400.638-0.5
    C. Pinder RF40100000.250.295.442.7381.0
    J. Profar DH20000111.204.269.380.6490.5
    J. Phegley C30000001.244.283.423.7060.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Bregman (26), Y. Gurriel (33)
      • HR - A. Bregman (30)
      • RBI - A. Bregman 3 (83), Y. Gurriel (86)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 3 (40)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, Y. Alvarez 4 (4), C. Correa 2 (2), R. Chirinos 2 (2), J. Reddick
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Olson (17)
      • HR - M. Semien (21)
      • RBI - M. Semien (58)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Grossman 2 (2), M. Olson, C. Joseph 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Altuve (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Gurriel-Correa-Greinke; Bregman-Correa-Gurriel)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - C. Pinder (4)
      • DP - (Joseph-Semien-Olson)
      • E - B. Anderson (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Greinke (W, 13-4)7.04113612.840.9826.0
      R. Pressly (H, 26)1.01000102.550.932.5
      R. Osuna (S, 27)1.01000002.920.899.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Greinke (W, 13-4)7.0
      R. Pressly (H, 26)1.0
      R. Osuna (S, 27)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Anderson (L, 10-9)5.07444314.061.29-3.5
      L. Trivino1.00000004.751.493.0
      J. Diekman1.01001004.661.411.0
      R. Buchter2.02000203.181.565.0
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Anderson (L, 10-9)5.0
      L. Trivino1.0
      J. Diekman1.0
      R. Buchter2.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 91-59, R. Pressly 13-9, R. Osuna 10-5
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 8-6, R. Pressly 1-1, R. Osuna 2-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 27, R. Pressly 4, R. Osuna 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - B. Anderson (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 83-48, L. Trivino 7-6, J. Diekman 26-17, R. Buchter 38-23
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 7-4, L. Trivino 1-2, R. Buchter 1-3
      • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 25, L. Trivino 3, J. Diekman 5, R. Buchter 8
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HOU79-46
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF50100001.293.375.566.9411.0
      J. Altuve 2B41000102.296.357.537.8944.0
      M. Brantley LF40200103.335.392.541.9333.0
      A. Bregman 3B41431100.282.411.563.97413.0
      Y. Alvarez DH50000037.335.417.7011.117-1.5
      C. Correa SS21000202.279.359.558.9173.0
      Y. Gurriel 1B40110002.304.341.548.8893.0
      R. Chirinos C40100023.228.341.409.7500.0
      J. Reddick RF41100002.265.305.384.6892.0
      Total36410415522-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Semien SS31111100.271.357.476.8337.0
        R. Grossman LF30100102.250.347.366.7132.0
        M. Chapman 3B40000012.262.346.534.880-0.5
        M. Olson 1B40200021.262.345.532.8782.0
        M. Canha CF40100023.261.381.505.8870.0
        C. Joseph 2B40000014.250.238.400.638-0.5
        C. Pinder RF40100000.250.295.442.7381.0
        J. Profar DH20000111.204.269.380.6490.5
        J. Phegley C30000001.244.283.423.7060.0
        Total3116113714-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Bregman (26), Y. Gurriel (33)
          • HR - A. Bregman (30)
          • RBI - A. Bregman 3 (83), Y. Gurriel (86)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Bregman 3 (40)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Springer, Y. Alvarez 4 (4), C. Correa 2 (2), R. Chirinos 2 (2), J. Reddick
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Olson (17)
          • HR - M. Semien (21)
          • RBI - M. Semien (58)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Grossman 2 (2), M. Olson, C. Joseph 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Altuve (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Gurriel-Correa-Greinke; Bregman-Correa-Gurriel)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - C. Pinder (4)
          • DP - (Joseph-Semien-Olson)
          • E - B. Anderson (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Z. Greinke (W, 13-4)7.04113612.840.9826.0
          R. Pressly (H, 26)1.01000102.550.932.5
          R. Osuna (S, 27)1.01000002.920.899.0
          Total9.0611371---
          PITCHERSIP
          Z. Greinke (W, 13-4)7.0
          R. Pressly (H, 26)1.0
          R. Osuna (S, 27)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          B. Anderson (L, 10-9)5.07444314.061.29-3.5
          L. Trivino1.00000004.751.493.0
          J. Diekman1.01001004.661.411.0
          R. Buchter2.02000203.181.565.0
          Total9.01044551---
          PITCHERSIP
          B. Anderson (L, 10-9)5.0
          L. Trivino1.0
          J. Diekman1.0
          R. Buchter2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Greinke 91-59, R. Pressly 13-9, R. Osuna 10-5
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Greinke 8-6, R. Pressly 1-1, R. Osuna 2-0
          • Batters Faced - Z. Greinke 27, R. Pressly 4, R. Osuna 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - B. Anderson (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 83-48, L. Trivino 7-6, J. Diekman 26-17, R. Buchter 38-23
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 7-4, L. Trivino 1-2, R. Buchter 1-3
          • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 25, L. Trivino 3, J. Diekman 5, R. Buchter 8
          • 6TH INNING
            Gurriel doubled to deep left, Correa scored41
          • 5TH INNING
            Bregman homered to left, Reddick and Altuve scored31
          • 4TH INNING
            Semien homered to left01
          • 9TH INNING
            • R. Buchter Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer lined out to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Altuve grounded out to third
            • M. Brantley: Brantley reached on bunt single to shortstop
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bregman singled to left, Brantley to second
            • Y. Alvarez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Roberto Osuna relieved Ryan Pressly
            • M. Canha: Canha singled to left
            • C. Joseph: Foul, Ball, Ball, Joseph grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Canha out at second
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pinder grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Ryan Buchter relieved Jake Diekman
            • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel lined out to left
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • J. Reddick: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Reddick fouled out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Pressly relieved Zack Greinke
            • M. Semien: Semien grounded out to third
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Grossman singled to center
            • M. Chapman: Chapman fouled out to right
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jake Diekman relieved Lou Trivino
            • J. Altuve: Altuve lined out to third
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brantley singled to center
            • A. Bregman: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bregman walked, Brantley to second
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Alvarez lined out to left
            • Ca. Correa: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Pinder singled to center
            • J. Profar: Foul, Profar grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Pinder out at second
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Ball, Phegley fouled out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • Ca. Correa: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gurriel doubled to deep left, Correa scored
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball
            • Chirinos grounded out to third
            • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Reddick flied out to left
            • G. Springer: Strike looking, Springer fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Chapman grounded out to third
            • M. Olson: Foul, Olson doubled to left center
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
            • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • J. Reddick: Reddick singled to right
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer singled to left, Reddick to second
            • J. Altuve: Ball, Altuve reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Reddick to third, Springer out at second
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Brantley popped out to shortstop
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Altuve stole second, Bregman homered to left, Reddick and Altuve scored
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike swinging, Ball, Alvarez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pinder grounded out to third
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Profar walked
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Foul, Phegley reached on fielder's choice to third, Profar out at second
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked, Phegley to second
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Grossman grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman doubled to deep left
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging, Bregman to third on wild pitch
            • Ca. Correa: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Correa walked
            • Y. Gurriel: Gurriel popped out to shortstop
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Semien homered to left
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman walked
            • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Olson singled to center, Grossman to second
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
            • C. Joseph: Joseph grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Altuve walked
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Altuve out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Pinder flied out to center
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • J. Phegley: Phegley flied out to right
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • Ca. Correa: Ball, Correa flied out to right
            • Y. Gurriel: Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to second
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Foul, Chirinos singled to left
            • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • M. Canha: Canha flied out to deep right
            • C. Joseph: Ball, Strike looking, Joseph flied out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • B. Anderson Pitching:
            • G. Springer: Ball, Springer lined out to left
            • J. Altuve: Foul, Foul, Altuve safe at first on Anderson throwing error
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked
            • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman singled to right, Altuve out at home, Brantley to third
            • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alvarez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • Z. Greinke Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Semien flied out to right
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grossman grounded out to third
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Chapman grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)