Young's HR in 9th boosts A's over Astros
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Chris Young's three-run home run in the ninth inning lifted the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Down 5-3, with Jose Veras (0-3) pitching for the Astros, pinch-hitter John Jaso drew a walk. Veras struck out Eric Sogard, but walked Coco Crisp. Young then hammered a 1-1 pitch deep into the stands in left to give Oakland its sixth win in seven games.
Pat Neshek (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Grant Balfour escaped trouble in the ninth to notch his 10th save.
Seth Smith had a solo home run while Yoenis Cespedes and Luke Montz drove in one run apiece for the Athletics. Starter Tommy Milone gave up five runs on eight hits over seven innings.
J.D. Martinez smashed a three-run homer, Matt Dominguez hit a solo shot and Jose Altuve had an RBI for the Astros. Starter Erik Bedard allowed two runs on four hits and four walks in five frames.
05/24 23:44:15 ET