Murphy, Semien HR; Luzardo sharp in debut as A's beat Astros

HOUSTON (AP) Two players key to Oakland's future helped lead the Athletics to an important win.

Sean Murphy and Marcus Semien homered, hyped pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo looked sharp in his major league debut, and the Athletics beat the Houston Astros 5-3.

''What we are seeing from (Luzardo) and Murph and what we feel like is going to be a bright future is coming along pretty quickly here,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

Oakland won for the fourth time in five games. The A's closed within a half-game of Tampa Bay for the top AL wild card and stand a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the second spot.

Houston fell a half-game back of the New York Yankees for the best record in the majors. New York's scheduled game with Detroit was postponed.

Luzardo was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday. He allowed one hit in three innings - a solo homer to Martin Maldonado - and struck out two.

''It's a tough spot to put him in,'' Melvin said. ''He knew today he was coming in in the sixth and wasn't sure how long he'd pitch, but our plan was to try to get him through the eighth. He gives up a solo home run and other than that, gives up swings and misses, bad swings, used all his pitches, throws 97 (mph). Didn't look like he was afraid of the moment. It was pretty cool.''

The hard-throwing left-hander retired his final seven batters, a promising sign that the starting pitching prospect could make an October impact as a reliever.

''Once I went back out for the second, I got into a groove, and all my pitches were working,'' Luzardo said. ''I was happy that I was able to get all three of them over the plate.''

Astros starter Jose Urquidy struck out 10 and pitched one-hit, one-run ball over five innings before the A's got to the bullpen.

''I felt really good with all my pitches,'' Urquidy said. ''I think I was good with my breaking balls and my fastballs, too, and that's what worked for me.''

Semien hit his career-high 28th home run leading off the fourth, and Murphy homered leading off a four-run sixth inning before Matt Olson hit a two-run double, all off Josh James (5-1). Khris Davis capped the sixth with an RBI single to up the lead to 5-2.

''I was just looking for something over the plate,'' Murphy said. ''I saw his slider on the first pitch, so I kind of had a read on it. I was just wanting him to throw it more toward the middle for me. He did. I was able to get the barrel on it.''

James said he got out of his delivery and got a bit long, and by the time he realized it, it was too late.

Houston manager AJ Hinch said the bad inning started with the homer to Murphy.

''The inning unraveled with the two-strike homer to Murphy on a breaking ball that wasn't really executed,'' Hinch said. ''I think if he throws a good one, he's got a chance. He's punched out a lot of guys since he's come off the injured list but tonight that inning got away from us a little bit.''

Aledmys Diaz gave Houston a 2-1 lead in the fourth with an RBI double, but after loading the bases, Oakland starter Brett Anderson got out of further trouble by inducing an inning-ending double play from Myles Straw.

Astros star George Springer matched a career high with his 34th home run, a solo shot in the third.

Anderson (12-9) yielded two runs and seven hits with four strikeouts in five innings.

Liam Hendriks pitched the ninth for his 20th save.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: OF Ramon Laureano returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games with cramps in his right leg. He went 0 for 3 with a walk and made a nice throw from right field to get Jose Altuve at the plate in the fifth.

Astros: 1B Yuli Gurriel, who left Friday's game with a sore left hamstring, could return to the lineup as soon as Friday, manager AJ Hinch said.

HE SAID IT

''It's really impressive. The command, the poise for how young he is. The overall stuff is phenomenal. Anytime you can have a lefty throw 98 (mph) and throw strikes, it's always a plus,'' Anderson said of Luzardo.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Homer Bailey (12-8, 4.87 ERA) starts the finale of the four-game series on Thursday looking to continue his recent success after going 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA over his last five starts.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (18-5, 2.52) has won three straight starts, allowing one run over 21 1/3 innings during that span.

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  • W: B. Anderson (12-9)L: J. James (5-1)S: L. Hendriks (20)
  • HR: OAK - M. Semien (28), S. Murphy (4), HOU - M. Maldonado (12), G. Springer (34)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS52311010.281.363.509.87210.5
M. Chapman 3B41000031.253.347.514.8610.5
M. Olson 1B41120031.274.358.552.9113.5
M. Canha CF40000021.269.391.514.905-1.0
S. Brown LF30100120.372.426.558.9842.0
K. Davis DH30110111.222.289.383.6732.5
R. Laureano RF30000114.282.334.513.8470.5
J. Profar 2B40000015.217.300.416.716-0.5
S. Neuse 2B00000000.120.214.160.3740.0
S. Murphy C41111020.333.3681.0001.3685.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    G. Springer CF41211000.300.388.594.9827.0
    J. Altuve 2B40000011.303.360.547.908-0.5
    M. Brantley LF40100010.323.382.523.9050.5
    A. Bregman 3B30000110.296.416.578.9940.5
    Y. Alvarez DH41200002.316.411.6651.0773.0
    A. Diaz 1B30110110.260.333.445.7783.5
    J. Reddick RF30000102.268.312.394.7061.0
    M. Maldonado C31211012.223.292.398.6906.5
    a- K. Tucker PH10000010.280.308.520.828-0.5
    M. Straw SS30000013.253.366.305.671-0.5
    b- A. Toro-Hernandez PH10000010.250.344.464.808-0.5
    • a-struck out for Maldonado in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Straw in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Olson (24), S. Brown (4)
    • HR - M. Semien (28), S. Murphy (4)
    • RBI - M. Semien (81), M. Olson 2 (79), K. Davis (66), S. Murphy (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson (34), J. Profar 2 (44)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Diaz (9)
    • HR - G. Springer (34), M. Maldonado (12)
    • RBI - G. Springer (85), A. Diaz (34), M. Maldonado (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Maldonado (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Alvarez (30), M. Maldonado (39)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Semien (10)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - R. Laureano (9)
    • DP - (Profar-Semien-Olson)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Diaz)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Anderson (W, 12-9)5.07223414.071.3312.0
    J. Luzardo (H, 1)3.01110213.000.338.0
    L. Hendriks (S, 20)1.00000201.630.9411.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Anderson (W, 12-9)5.0
    J. Luzardo (H, 1)3.0
    L. Hendriks (S, 20)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Urquidy5.011111014.781.1617.0
    J. James (L, 5-1) (BS, 2)0.03440015.201.36-12.0
    J. Smith1.01001201.331.032.0
    H. Rondon1.01000203.541.253.0
    W. Harris1.01001001.621.011.0
    B. Abreu1.00000200.000.504.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Urquidy5.0
    J. James (L, 5-1) (BS, 2)0.0
    J. Smith1.0
    H. Rondon1.0
    W. Harris1.0
    B. Abreu1.0
    PITCHING
    • IBB - B. Anderson (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 86-54, J. Luzardo 36-22, L. Hendriks 18-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 6-3, J. Luzardo 5-2
    • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 23, J. Luzardo 10, L. Hendriks 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Urquidy (4), J. James (6)
    • HBP - J. James (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urquidy 82-55, J. James 14-8, J. Smith 24-15, H. Rondon 17-9, W. Harris 21-10, B. Abreu 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urquidy 1-4, J. Smith 1-0, W. Harris 2-1, B. Abreu 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Urquidy 17, J. James 4, J. Smith 5, H. Rondon 4, W. Harris 5, B. Abreu 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK86-60
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    HOU95-52
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS52311010.281.363.509.87210.5
    M. Chapman 3B41000031.253.347.514.8610.5
    M. Olson 1B41120031.274.358.552.9113.5
    M. Canha CF40000021.269.391.514.905-1.0
    S. Brown LF30100120.372.426.558.9842.0
    K. Davis DH30110111.222.289.383.6732.5
    R. Laureano RF30000114.282.334.513.8470.5
    J. Profar 2B40000015.217.300.416.716-0.5
    S. Neuse 2B00000000.120.214.160.3740.0
    S. Murphy C41111020.333.3681.0001.3685.0
    Total34575231613-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      G. Springer CF41211000.300.388.594.9827.0
      J. Altuve 2B40000011.303.360.547.908-0.5
      M. Brantley LF40100010.323.382.523.9050.5
      A. Bregman 3B30000110.296.416.578.9940.5
      Y. Alvarez DH41200002.316.411.6651.0773.0
      A. Diaz 1B30110110.260.333.445.7783.5
      J. Reddick RF30000102.268.312.394.7061.0
      M. Maldonado C31211012.223.292.398.6906.5
      a- K. Tucker PH10000010.280.308.520.828-0.5
      M. Straw SS30000013.253.366.305.671-0.5
      b- A. Toro-Hernandez PH10000010.250.344.464.808-0.5
      Total3338323810-----
      • a-struck out for Maldonado in the 9th
      • b-struck out for Straw in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Olson (24), S. Brown (4)
      • HR - M. Semien (28), S. Murphy (4)
      • RBI - M. Semien (81), M. Olson 2 (79), K. Davis (66), S. Murphy (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson (34), J. Profar 2 (44)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Diaz (9)
      • HR - G. Springer (34), M. Maldonado (12)
      • RBI - G. Springer (85), A. Diaz (34), M. Maldonado (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Maldonado (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Alvarez (30), M. Maldonado (39)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Semien (10)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - R. Laureano (9)
      • DP - (Profar-Semien-Olson)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bregman-Altuve-Diaz)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Anderson (W, 12-9)5.07223414.071.3312.0
      J. Luzardo (H, 1)3.01110213.000.338.0
      L. Hendriks (S, 20)1.00000201.630.9411.0
      Total9.0833382---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Anderson (W, 12-9)5.0
      J. Luzardo (H, 1)3.0
      L. Hendriks (S, 20)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Urquidy5.011111014.781.1617.0
      J. James (L, 5-1) (BS, 2)0.03440015.201.36-12.0
      J. Smith1.01001201.331.032.0
      H. Rondon1.01000203.541.253.0
      W. Harris1.01001001.621.011.0
      B. Abreu1.00000200.000.504.0
      Total9.07553162---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Urquidy5.0
      J. James (L, 5-1) (BS, 2)0.0
      J. Smith1.0
      H. Rondon1.0
      W. Harris1.0
      B. Abreu1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - B. Anderson (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 86-54, J. Luzardo 36-22, L. Hendriks 18-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 6-3, J. Luzardo 5-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 23, J. Luzardo 10, L. Hendriks 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Urquidy (4), J. James (6)
      • HBP - J. James (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Urquidy 82-55, J. James 14-8, J. Smith 24-15, H. Rondon 17-9, W. Harris 21-10, B. Abreu 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Urquidy 1-4, J. Smith 1-0, W. Harris 2-1, B. Abreu 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Urquidy 17, J. James 4, J. Smith 5, H. Rondon 4, W. Harris 5, B. Abreu 3
      • 6TH INNING
        Maldonado homered to left center53
        Davis singled to left center, Olson scored, Brown to second52
        Olson doubled to deep right, Semien and Chapman scored42
        Murphy homered to left22
      • 4TH INNING
        Diaz doubled to deep center, Alvarez scored12
        Semien homered to left center11
      • 3RD INNING
        Springer homered to right center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Bryan Abreu relieved Will Harris
        • S. Murphy: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Murphy struck out looking
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Liam Hendriks relieved Jesus Luzardo
        • Sheldon Neuse at second base
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reddick flied out to center
        • Kyle Tucker hit for Martin Maldonado
        • K. Tucker: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
        • Abraham Toro-Hernandez hit for Myles Straw
        • A. Toro-Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Toro-Hernandez struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Will Harris relieved Hector Rondon
        • M. Canha: Canha grounded out to third
        • S. Brown: Ball, Ball, Brown doubled to left center
        • K. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Laureano flied out to left
        • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Profar grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Luzardo Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Bregman grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Alvarez grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Diaz: Foul, Diaz grounded out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Hector Rondon relieved Joe Smith
        • S. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Murphy lined out to right
        • M. Semien: Semien singled to center
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging, Semien stole second
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Olson struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Luzardo Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Altuve popped out to third
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Brantley flied out to deep center
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Josh James relieved Jose Urquidy
        • S. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Murphy homered to left
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Foul, Semien reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Chapman hit by pitch, Semien to second
        • M. Olson: Ball, Semien to third, Chapman to second on wild pitch, Olson doubled to deep right, Semien and Chapman scored
        • Joe Smith relieved Josh James
        • M. Canha: Ball, Foul, Ball, Canha grounded out to third, Olson to third
        • S. Brown: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Brown walked
        • K. Davis: Ball, Davis singled to left center, Olson scored, Brown to second
        • R. Laureano: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jesus Luzardo relieved Brett Anderson
        • A. Diaz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick grounded out to second
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Maldonado homered to left center
        • M. Straw: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Straw struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • S. Brown: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brown struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • K. Davis: Davis grounded into double play third to second to first, Brown out at second
        • R. Laureano: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Laureano walked
        • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Profar lined out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Ball, Ball, Foul, Springer singled to left
        • J. Altuve: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Altuve reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Springer out at second
        • M. Brantley: Foul, Brantley singled to right, Altuve out at home, Brantley to second
        • A. Bregman: Bregman intentionally walked
        • Y. Alvarez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Alvarez grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Semien homered to left center
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Canha struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman struck out looking
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alvarez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Diaz doubled to deep center, Alvarez scored
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reddick walked
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Maldonado singled to left, Diaz to third, Reddick to second
        • M. Straw: Strike looking, Straw grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Maldonado out at second
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Laureano popped out to second
        • J. Profar: Profar lined out to center
        • S. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • M. Straw: Ball, Strike looking, Straw grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Springer homered to right center
        • J. Altuve: Foul, Altuve flied out to deep right
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Brantley struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Canha struck out looking
        • S. Brown: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Brown struck out on foul tip
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • A. Bregman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bregman flied out to deep right
        • Y. Alvarez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Alvarez reached on an infield single to first
        • A. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Diaz walked, Alvarez to second
        • J. Reddick: Ball, Reddick reached on fielder's choice to second, Alvarez to third, Diaz out at second
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Maldonado struck out on foul tip
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Urquidy Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien lined out to center
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • G. Springer: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Springer grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Altuve: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Altuve struck out swinging
        • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Brantley lined out to center
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)