American League Game Summary - Oakland at Houston|
(Friday, May 24th)
Final Score: Oakland 6, Houston 5
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.
"We had some good at-bats in the ninth. Jaso walked, and then Coco walked and
one swing of the bat puts you ahead," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
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 five walks in five frames.
"Every time you go up there you have the confidence that you're going to hit
the ball hard. I think that's how guys get hot. When you're hitting the ball
hard two or three times a game, that's building confidence," Martinez said.
Oakland scored two runs in the first. Crisp drew a walk to start the game,
advanced to second on a single by Young and reached home on Cespedes' single
to center. After Josh Donaldson was hit by a pitch, Young scored on a
fielder's choice by Montz.
The Astros rallied to score five runs in the fifth. Dominguez homered to start
the surge. Ronny Cedeno and Robbie Grossman connected on back-to-back singles
before Altuve delivered an RBI single. Martinez followed with his three-run
blast to left.
Smith, who pinch-hit for Montz, homered to begin the sixth.
Balfour came on to pitch in the ninth. He walked Dominguez and pinch-hitter
Jason Castro with one out, but got Grossman to strike out and Altuve to hit a
grounder to shortstop to end the game.
Veras came into the game having thrown seven no-hit innings in his last seven
appearances ... Young has a 15-game hitting streak against Houston, dating
back to Aug. 8, 2011 ... Balfour has converted each of his last 28 save
opportunities. His last blown save was on April 29, 2012, in Baltimore ...
Seven of the last eight Astros contests have been decided by two runs or less.
05/25 03:23:00 ET