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|04-25-2015, 07:21 PM||#1|
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Altuve leads Astros to 9-3 victory over Athletics
Houston star Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer and extended his hitting streak against Oakland to 28 games, helping the surging Astros beat the Athletics 9-3 on Saturday.
Jed Lowrie drove in two runs and George Springer homered for the Astros (10-7), who have won six of seven and are off to their best start since winning 12 of 17 games to open the 2006 season.
Scott Feldman (2-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings to get the win.
Oakland's Kendall Graveman (1-2) allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings. It was the third time in four starts that he has failed to complete five innings.
The A's (8-11) have lost three straight to fall three games under .500 for the first time since July 2012.
Altuve led off the game with a single, taking little time to tie David Segui for the second-longest hitting streak ever against the A's, according to information provided by the Astros from the Elias Sports Bureau. Luke Appling had a 31-game streak in 1939-40.
Altuve then was caught stealing on a pickoff throw from Graveman, but the Astros still got a run in the inning on Lowrie's RBI double that Sam Fuld dropped after a long run to the warning track in center field.
Altuve delivered again his second time up, belting his second homer of the season to make it 4-0 in the second.
Lowrie added an RBI single off Graveman in the fifth and then scored when reliever Chris Bassitt threw a wild pitch on his first throw.
It only got uglier from there for the A's. Right fielder Josh Reddick and left fielder Cody Ross each dropped fly for errors in the seventh, leading to two more runs for the Astros.
Eric Sogard hit a two-run triple in a three-run seventh for Oakland against Feldman.
Astros: OF Jake Marisnick sat for a second straight for the second straight day with a sore right leg. Manager A.J. Hinch said he also might sit Sunday.
Athletics: Infielder/outfielder Ben Zobrist went on the 15-day DL with torn cartilage in his left knee, and INF Max Muncy was promoted from Triple-A Nashville. Zobrist will need arthroscopic surgery and likely be sidelined for four to six weeks. ... RHP Jesse Hahn is expected to throw a bullpen session Sunday or Monday to test a blister on his right middle finger and could get back in the rotation on Wednesday against the Angels.
Astros: Asher Wojciechowski (0-1) will start the series finale as the Astros try to complete their first series sweep ever against the A's.
Athletics: Drew Pomeranz (1-2) will look for his first win against Houston. Pomeranz is 0-2 with a 6.28 ERA in four career appearances, including three starts, against the Astros.