White’s homer in 9th in­ning pow­ers Astros over A’s

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

HOUS­TON (AP) — Af­ter the Hous­ton Astros wrapped up their sea­son se­ries with the Oak­land Athletics on Wed­nes­day, man­ager A.J. Hinch likened the last three games to a heavy­weight ti­tle fight.

His Astros won two of three to take the belt for now, but he knows that they’ll have to play well down the stretch to fend off the Athletics for the AL West ti­tle.

“We have a lot of games to play, a lot of games to win,” Hinch said. “This one feels like a big one ob­vi­ously to send them out of town a lit­tle beat up from the losses. But, also their bullpen is a lit­tle beat up, ours is, too. It felt like kind of a heavy­weight bat­tle.”

The Astros gave the Athletics just their sec­ond se­ries de­feat in their last 21 se­ries when Tyler White home­red with one out in the ninth

in­ning to give Hous­ton a 5-4 vic­tory.

“It was a spir­ited se­ries, re­ally closely fought,” A’s man­ager Bob Melvin said. “It was pretty evenly matched, both teams are play­ing re­ally hard this time of the year, which you’d ex­pect. If I’m a fan watch­ing th­ese games, I’d be pretty en­ter­tained.”

White, who also home­red Mon­day, sent a pitch from Jeurys Fa­milia (4-1) to the seats in left field. The vic­tory moves Hous­ton 2 1/2 games ahead of Oak­land atop the AL West.

“You want to get a win against those guys in any way pos­si­ble,” White said. “It’s a good team but we come out here and we bat­tle every day and we give our­selves a chance to win and I was just lucky enough to be the guy to­day.”

White’s shot was the 81st walk-off homer in the ma­jors this sea­son, break­ing the record set in 2004, ac­cord­ing to Ma­jor League Base­ball.

Ge­orge Springer and Alex Breg­man added two hits apiece and both drove in a run to help the Astros to their seventh win in eight games. Roberto Osuna (2-2) al­lowed one hit in a score­less ninth for the win.

The Astros lost the lead in the seventh when Brad Pea­cock took over for starter Dal­las Keuchel and strug­gled with lo­ca­tion. Pea­cock walked Matt Chap­man, Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis to load the bases be­fore plunk­ing Stephen Pis­cotty on the arm to tie it at 4.

Keuchel al­lowed eight hits and three runs with five strike­outs in six in­nings.

Trevor Cahill started for the Athletics and yielded five hits and four runs — three earned — while walk­ing a sea­son-high six in 3 1/3 in­nings in the 300th ap­pear­ance of his ca­reer.

Springer, Breg­man and Jose Al­tuve hit con­sec­u­tive sin­gles with no outs in the first in­ning to give the Astros a 1-0 lead. Hous­ton made it 2-0 when Breg­man scored on a sac­ri­fice fly by Car­los Correa.

Tyler White walked af­ter that, but Yuli Gur­riel grounded into a dou­ble play to al­low Cahill to limit the dam­age.

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