Astros’ Jose Altuve homers in win over A’s

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OAKLAND — The Astros only needed Colby Rasmus’ RBI sacrifice fly and two hits, including ’s leadoff solo home run, to dodge a three-game series sweep and edge the where to buy baseball jerseys A’s, 2-1, on Sunday at the Coliseum.

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Houston starter (2-3) allowed one run and scattered seven hits across 6 2/3 innings, picking up a victory in a game that could have gone either way, as the A’s outhit the Astros, 8 to 2.

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The Astros drew eight walks, but their Nos. 2-8 batters in the lineup were hitless.

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A’s starter (3-3) had a great outing despite running his pitch count high through the first three innings and walking four. He tossed six innings and held Houston to two hits and two runs, capping his first daytime start of the year with two consecutive 1-2-3 innings. Hill goes six strong at home [email protected]: Hill strikes out four over six inningsRich Hill Jerseys pitches six solid innings, allowing two runs on just two hits, while striking out four in a home start against the Astros

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Oakland’s only run came in the seventh inning on Marcus Semien’s RBI single.

Houston closer pitched a perfect ninth inning for his fifth save in five chances this year and his 13th consecutive dating back to Aug. 12.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Booming beginning: Altuve hit the third pitch of the game well over the left-field fence for his fourth leadoff homer of the season, halfway to Craig Biggio’s club-record eight set in 2001.

Big missed opportunity: The A’s loaded the bases with two outs in the second inning, but Semien grounded out. Oakland was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Fister strands the bases loaded [email protected]: Fister gets out of a bases-loaded jamDoug Fister gets out of a bases-loaded jam with a little help from , who collects and flips the ball to second to get the out

REPLAY REVIEW The Astros had runners on first and second with no outs in the third when George Springer hit a broken-bat grounder to shortstop Semien, who got the runner at second and threw to first, where Springer was where to buy baseball jerseys called safe. The A’s asked for a review, and the call was upheld. Springer safe after review [email protected]: Springer safe at first after replaysGeorge Springer hustles to first to on a fielder’s choice and beats the throw, and after the A’s challenge, the call on the field stands

WHAT’S NEXT Road team: The Astros turn to as they return to Houston and open a 10-game homestand against the Minnesota Twins at 7:10 p.m. CT on Monday night. Keuchel has given up 11 runs on 19 hits over his past two starts after allowing five runs on 14 hits through his first 20 2/3 innings.

Athletics: The A’s continue their homestand at 7:05 p.m. PT on Monday with a three-game series opener against the Mariners. Oakland swept Seattle in their only other series this season. A’s starter Kendall Graveman is 1-0 with a 0.99 ERA in three career appearances, including one start, against the Mariners.

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Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com based in Oakland.Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Astros on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. Share This Email Print + Hide Comments

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