A's rally past Astros to win series
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Sam Fuld's homer in the ninth capped a three-run inning as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Houston Astros, 5-4, in the rubber match of a three-game set on Wednesday.
Jonny Gomes led off the ninth with a bloop single to left off Houston closer Chad Qualls (1-4), was lifted for a pinch-runner, then Craig Gentry stole second to move into scoring position. Gentry advanced to third on a groundout by Alberto Callaspo before Eric Sogard sprayed a single out to left that knotted the game at 3-3. Following a groundout by Coco Crisp, Fuld pounded a hanging sinker into the seats in right to give Oakland the lead.
Dan Otero (8-1) earned the win after working out of a bases loaded jam in the eighth to keep it a one-run game and Eric O'Flaherty allowed a homer to Chris Carter in the ninth, but still managed to nail down the first save of his career.
Oakland starter Drew Pomeranz tossed 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball in his first action since June 16th due to a broken right hand.
Brad Peacock also went 5 1/3 innings for Houston, yielding one run on four hits and five walks in the no-decision.
08/28 00:05:38 ET