MLB Game Recap - Houston at Oakland
Wed Sep 9, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

MIL
19
DET
0
F
KC
3
CLE
0
F
NYY
7
TOR
2
F
CHW
8
PIT
1
F
BAL
6
NYM
7
F
MIA
9
ATL
29
F
LAA
3
TEX
7
F
COL
3
SD
5
F
CIN
3
CHC
0
F
HOU
2
OAK
3
F
LAD
6
ARI
4
F(10)
SEA
1
SF
10
F

September 9, 2020 9:10 PM

Final

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4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Houston (22-22)

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

4

0

Oakland (26-15)

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

1

3

5

0

W: Hendriks (3-0)

L: Pressly (1-2)

HOU - HR: Gurriel (6) , Springer (8)

OAK - HR: none

Laureano strikes back, 2-out hit in 9th puts A's past Astros
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:51 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ramon Laureano might have celebrated a little harder for this hit.

Suspended last month for charging the Houston dugout and triggering a bench-clearing brawl, he delivered an RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning that lifted the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics over the Astros 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Laureano yelled over and over after yet another walkoff win by the A's. They increased their division lead to 5 1/2 games over second-place Houston.

"It's extremely important," Laureano said. "It's always good to win especially against a team that is behind us in the race."

Tommy La Stella hit a tying, two-run double in the seventh before Laureano came through against Ryan Pressly (1-2). Pressly allowed Sean Murphy's leadoff walk before hitting Tony Kemp in the foot as he pulled his bat back from a bunt attempt.

"It's totally debilitating because they live off walks. The last few innings we had walks," Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "We're pitching Murphy like it's Johnny Bench or something. ... We just gave that game away to them."

Jesus Luzardo pitched a career-best seven innings for the A's before Joakim Soria went 1-2-3 in the eighth. Liam Hendriks (3-0) got the win.

Then the A's, quiet all night at the plate, finally delivered a key hit - just like they do.

"That's kind of been the theme for us this year. We'll look stagnant offensively for a while then have just enough for the end," manager Bob Melvin said. "We always a good feeling when we're home and we have our last at-bat."

Laureano was suspended four games in August for his role in the benches-clearing fracas at the Coliseum, which began after he was hit by a pitch. Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron received a 20-game suspension and a fine for gesturing and yelling toward Laureano at first base.

George Springer and Yuli Gurriel homered for Houston, which snapped a six-game losing streak with a win in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Astros rookie Luis Garcia hung tough with Luzardo in a pitching matchup of prized rookies on an eerie Bay Area day during which the dark sky glowed orange from wildfire smoke that blocked the sun. Ash covered the green seats.

Shortstop Carlos Correa stole a likely run from the A's with his strong throw on Laureano's groundout in the sixth.

Houston is nearly done with a grueling three-city road trip featuring 11 games over 10 days. The Astros are 6-16 away from Minute Maid Park.

HONORING CLEMENTE

Astros SS Carlos Correa, C Martin Maldonado and bench coach Joe Espada wore No. 21 to honor Puerto Rican countryman Roberto Clemente. For Oakland, Puerto Rican Vimael Machin also wore Clemente's number.

ROOKIE CHANCES

Garcia became the fifth rookie to start a game for the Astros this season and 15th to pitch for Houston overall in 2020.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: 3B Alex Bregman sat out aside from a pinch-hit appearance after being activated Tuesday from the 10-day injured list and playing the doubleheader opener. He is scheduled to play Thursday afternoon's finale then after Friday's off day try back-to-back games this weekend at Dodger Stadium. Bregman had been sidelined since Aug. 19 with a strained right hamstring he hurt that day at Colorado. ... 2B Jose Altuve (sprained right knee) took groundballs mostly directed right at him. "We didn't have him go to his right or left too much," Baker said. "He looked pretty good the balls right at him. You're a bit worried about his lateral movement."

Athletics: SS Marcus Semien was back leading off after he returned in Tuesday's opener from a four-game absence with a left side injury before sitting the nightcap. ... RF Stephen Piscotty, a late scratch for the opener Tuesday because of left wrist soreness, received an injection that will sideline him for a couple of days. ... 3B Matt Chapman didn't begin baseball activity as he had hoped. He is dealing with right hip tendinitis that forced him out of Sunday's series finale against San Diego.

ROSTER MOVE

The Astros activated RHP Josh James from the injured list and optioned C Garrett Stubbs to their alternate site.

UP NEXT

LHP Sean Manaea (3-2, 5.09 ERA) pitches the afternoon series finale for the A's opposite Houston RHP Jose Urquidy (0-0, 4.91) in his second career start.

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Pitchers of Record

Houston IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
R. Pressly (L, 1-2) 0.2 1 1 1 0 13.50 3.000
Oakland IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
L. Hendriks (W, 3-0) 1 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Houston AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
G. Springer 4 2 1 1 1 0 5 0 2.5
Y. Gurriel 4 1 1 1 1 0 4 0 1.0
Oakland AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
T. La Stella 5 2 1 0 2 0 4 0 1.6
M. Olson 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0.6

Team Comparison

HOU OAK
At Bats 31 31
Hits 4 5
Batting Average .129 .161
On Base Percentage .156 .333
Slugging Percentage 0.323 0.258
Doubles 0 3
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 2 0
Total Bases 10 8
Walks 1 7
Strikeouts 9 7
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 3 10
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 0/2 2/12
Double Plays Fielded 0 0
Errors 0 0

2020 Regular Season - OAK Leads Series 6-3

Date Result Winner Loser
Fri Aug 7 HOU 2 @ OAK 3 J. Wendelken C. Sneed
Sat Aug 8 HOU 1 @ OAK 3 F. Montas F. Valdez
Sun Aug 9 HOU 2 @ OAK 7 J. Luzardo C. Javier
Sat Aug 29 OAK 2 @ HOU 4 L. McCullers Jr. C. Bassitt
Sat Aug 29 OAK 3 @ HOU 6 Z. Greinke F. Montas
Mon Sep 7 HOU 0 @ OAK 6 C. Bassitt C. Javier
Tue Sep 8 OAK 4 @ HOU 2 F. Montas Z. Greinke
Tue Sep 8 HOU 5 @ OAK 4 E. Paredes J. Wendelken
Wed Sep 9 HOU 2 @ OAK 3 L. Hendriks R. Pressly

Game Information

Stadium: Ring Central Coliseum, Oakland, California
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 2:53
Weather: 60F, Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?