The Astros entered the series with a seven-game winning streak, and their magic number remains at eight.
The formula of building a team into a contender from the ground up through the farm system is one Astros manager A.J. Hinch knows very well.
The last A's players to register back-to-back 100-RBI seasons were Miguel Tejada from 2000-03 and Eric Chavez from 2001-03. At least not yet. A lot of walks, a lot of homers this series and a lot of late runs.
After adding three more runs in the eighth, Pinder completely broke the game open with his second homer of the night, a three-run bomb to right turn what had been a close game into a laugher all in the span of an inning.
"Early in the season we'd get some leads and couldn't add on", Melvin said.
To throw even more salt on the wound, the Cleveland Indians have now edged the Houston Astros for the best record in the American League.
Oakland led 3-1 before Tyler Clippard issued the first bases-loaded walk to Jed Lowrie in the sixth inning.
Morton (11-7) allowed three runs in five innings. "It just so happened that they hit some mistake pitches". Now he's proving that that season wasn't a fluke by sending them out of Oakland at a high rate. It's going to take a long time but they're strong. The Houston Astros have lost nine of their last 12 games when allowing four or more runs. He thinks they'll correct that attitude for a series at the Angels.
Some things go deeper than just baseball. "He's been able to bounce back a couple of times this year from bad outings and you look for that out of a young guy". That all will change with, what is hopefully in the September stretch, more playing time. We'll right the ship. "Tomorrow's a new day and we'll start fresh". He allowed five hits, one earned run and two walks. Houston was outscored in the four-game series 41-15.
The house in which Cotton grew up and his father currently lived was destroyed.
Kendall Graveman (5-4) pitched five-hit ball over six innings and allowed one run for Oakland. Chad Pinder homered twice and finished with four RBI.
"I'm not saying it was unexpected, but the fashion we did it was impressive", A's manager Bob Melvin said.
McHugh is scheduled to make another start on Thursday in Anaheim. Juan Centeno is expected to miss a few days with a mild concussion after being hit in the facemask by Lowrie's swing Saturday.
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