MLB Game Recap - Houston at Oakland
Thu Sep 10, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

DET
2
STL
12
F
HOU
1
OAK
3
F
LAA
6
TEX
2
F
DET
6
STL
3
F
ATL
7
WSH
6
F
KC
11
CLE
1
F
BOS
4
TB
3
F
PHI
6
MIA
7
F
CIN
5
CHC
8
F
SF
1
SD
6
F
LAD
2
ARI
5
F
BAL
NYY
PPD

September 10, 2020 3:40 PM

Final

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7

8

9

R

H

E

Houston (22-23)

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

Oakland (27-15)

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

x

3

5

0

W: Manaea (4-2)

L: Urquidy (0-1)

S: Hendriks (12)

HOU - HR: none

OAK - HR: Olson (12)

Matt Olson's homer backs Sean Manaea, A's beat Astros again
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:05 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have long been a stellar second-half team. In a shortened season, they have dominated since Day 1.

Sean Manaea carried a perfect game into the sixth inning en route to winning his fourth straight start, Matt Olson hit a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the stumbling Houston Astros 3-1 on Thursday.

"Big series," Oakland's Mark Canha said. "We came in here with the right mindset. It was very businesslike and we made it happen. Well-played series."

The division-leading A's (27-15) moved 6 1/2 games ahead of second-place Houston in the AL West. The teams split Tuesday's doubleheader that was forced by an Aug. 30 postponement at Houston because of Oakland pitcher Daniel Mengden's positive coronavirus test result.

Oakland had four games postponed and is 5-3 since resuming play last Friday against the Padres. Houston (22-23), which won a majors-best 107 games last season and the past three AL West titles, lost for the eighth time in nine games.

"It's not easy. We're all frustrated," Astros manager Dusty Baker said. "But these guys they never get down. They get down momentarily but then they bounce right back."

The A's have their largest division lead since they were 6 1/2 games up on Sept. 25, 2013.

Manaea (4-2) struck out four and didn't walk a batter over seven innings. The lefty has surged since going 0-2 over his initial five outings. He didn't allow a runner until Josh Reddick doubled leading off the sixth.

"How many rockets did we hit off of him? We hit some balls extremely hard off of him they just didn't find any holes," Baker said. "We actually hit the ball harder than they did. It didn't work."

Chad Pinder provided insurance with an RBI single in the seventh as Oakland took four of five in the series. Liam Hendriks finished the 2-hour, 18-minute game for his 12th save.

Martin Maldonado grounded into a double play that scored Houston's lone run off Manaea in the sixth. Olson connected in the bottom half on another smoky, sunless day that had the strange sight of ballpark lights on in the afternoon. Ash fell on the field for a third straight game.

Astros right-hander Jose Urquidy (0-1) didn't allow a runner until Marcus Semien's one-out walk in the fourth and didn't give up at hit until Canha's single in the fifth.

Urquidy allowed two runs and two hits over six innings in his second big league start.

Houston's George Springer had his season-best nine-game hitting streak snapped.

"Everything was going the other guys' way. Today was disheartening because we hit a lot of balls hard off Manaea," Houston's Josh Reddick said. "It's been very heartbreaking but we have to keep moving forward."

FIVE GAMES

This marked the 15th five-game series in Oakland history. The A's have never swept one but won four of the games in a five-game set for the fourth time and first since July 5-8, 1984, at Milwaukee.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander (strained forearm) threw a bullpen Wednesday in Houston. Baker was waiting to hear more details about the session and remains optimistic Verlander will return before season's end. The Astros have mapped out the pitcher's rehab schedule for the rest of September. "He's supposed to be on the mound if everything goes well, no setbacks here, again pretty soon," Baker said. "Hopefully if everything goes well he could be back at the end of the month."

Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman still wasn't ready to resume baseball activity as he had hoped. He is nursing right hip tendinitis that forced him out of Sunday's series finale against San Diego. ... LHP A.J. Puk, who hasn't pitched this year and is on the injured list with an inflamed pitching shoulder that required injections, will be re-examined in the coming days by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles.

UP NEXT

Oakland RHP Mike Fiers (4-2, 4.93 ERA) pitches Friday at Texas. He has gone 3-1 with a 3.22 ERA over his last four starts and the A's are 6-2 in his outings. Oakland heads on the road with doubleheaders Saturday at Texas and Monday at Seattle.

Following an off day Friday, LHP Framber Valdez (3-3, 3.61) pitches for the Astros on Saturday in a two-game interleague stop at Dodger Stadium.

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Pitchers of Record

Houston IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
J. Urquidy (L, 0-1) 6 2 2 3 1 3.00 0.833
Oakland IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
S. Manaea (W, 4-2) 7 2 1 0 4 1.29 0.286
L. Hendriks (S, 12) 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Houston AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Reddick 2 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1.5
A. Diaz 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.3
Oakland AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
M. Canha 3 2 1 0 0 1 3 1 2.6
M. Olson 3 1 1 1 2 1 4 0 2.1

Team Comparison

HOU OAK
At Bats 28 28
Hits 2 5
Batting Average .071 .179
On Base Percentage .103 .324
Slugging Percentage 0.107 0.321
Doubles 1 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 0 1
Total Bases 3 9
Walks 1 6
Strikeouts 5 1
Stolen Bases 0 1
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 1 7
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 1/2 1/5
Double Plays Fielded 0 3
Errors 0 0

2020 Regular Season - OAK Leads Series 7-3

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
Thu Sep 10 HOU 1 @ OAK 3 S. Manaea J. Urquidy

Game Information

Stadium: Ring Central Coliseum, Oakland, California
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 2:18
Weather: 66F, Overcast
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?