Ath­let­ics swat Astros in ex­plo­sive 8th

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HOUS­TON — Mark Canha hit a two-run sin­gle in a three-run eighth in­ning as surg­ing Oak­land de­feated Hous­ton 6-4 on Thurs­day.

Nick Mar­tini had three hits and two RBIs for the Ath­let­ics, who im­proved to 19-5 in their last 24 games. They took three of four from the AL West-lead­ing Astros.

Yus­meiro Pe­tit (3-2) al­lowed one hit in 2⅓ score­less in­nings, and Lou Triv­ino worked the ninth for his fourth save.

Tony Kemp hit a two-run homer for Hous­ton, and Alex Breg­man also drove in two runs. Chris Deven­ski (2-2) got the loss.


In Den­ver, Ger­ardo Parra and Raimel Tapia had pinch-hit RBI sin­gles in Colorado’s three-run sixth in­ning.

Trevor Story home­red for the Rock­ies, and Kyle Free­land pitched six-hit ball into the sixth in­ning. Scott Oberg (3-0) got two outs for the win.

Colorado was com­ing off a 19-2 vic­tory Wednes­day night, but it trailed 1-0 be­fore its rally in the sixth.

Ari­zona left-han­der Robbie Ray (3-2) hit Car­los Gon­za­lez and walked Chris Ian­netta with one out be­fore he was re­placed by Sil­vino Bra­cho, who was called up be­fore the game.


In Bos­ton, Mookie Betts fouled off seven pitches be­fore hit­ting a grand slam that helped the Red Sox beat the Jays, ex­tend­ing their win­ning streak to 10 games.

Bos­ton has the long­est cur­rent win­ning streak in the big leagues and hasn’t lost since get­ting routed 11-1 at Yan­kee Sta­dium on July 1. At 66-29, the Red Sox are 37 games over .500 for the first time since 1949.

David Price (10-6) struck out eight over 6⅔ in­nings, and Craig Kim­brel earned his 29th save.

All-Star lefty J.A. Happ (10-6) started strong for Toronto, strik­ing out six and hold­ing Bos­ton to two hits be­fore run­ning into trou­ble and some mis­for­tune in the fourth.


In Cleve­land, Aaron Hicks drove home Didi Gre­go­rius from first base with a one-out dou­ble in the eighth in­ning off In­di­ans ace Corey Klu­ber, send­ing New York to a win over the In­di­ans.

Hicks drove a 3-2 pitch from Klu­ber (12-5) to deep cen­ter field, and Gre­go­rius scored eas­ily when the ball one-hopped the wall.

Brett Gard­ner home­red twice and Gre­go­rius also con­nected for the Yan­kees, play­ing at Pro­gres­sive Field for the first time since last Oc­to­ber, when they over­came a 2-0 deficit and won the AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries.

New York re­liev­ers Adam War­ren, David Robert­son (6-3), Dellin Be­tances and All-Star closer Aroldis Chap­man com­bined for four hit­less in­nings.

Chap­man got three outs for his 25th save.


In New York, Max Scherzer made a fi­nal pitch to start the All-Star Game on his own mound, Anthony Ren­don hit two homers and Bryce Harper also con­nected, lead­ing Wash­ing­ton over the Mets.

Wash­ing­ton won for just the sixth time in 17 games and nudged back over .500 at 47-46.

Scherzer (12-5) didn’t dom­i­nate over his seven in­nings, but man­aged to tie Philadel­phia’s Aaron Nola for the NL lead in wins. He struck out five, boost­ing his league-lead­ing to­tal to 182. Ryan Mad­son closed for his fourth save.

Ren­don hit a two-run homer off Steven Matz (4-7) in the first and added a solo drive in the third.


In Pitts­burgh, Jame­son Tail­lon had a ca­reer-high 10 strike­outs, Jordy Mercer tied his ca­reer best with four RBIs and the Pi­rates de­feated Milwaukee.

Tail­lon (6-7) sur­ren­dered one run on four hits with two walks. The right-han­der struck out the side twice, once in the third in­ning and again in the fifth.

The Pi­rates have won four of their past five games to pull to 10½ games back of the first-place Brew­ers, who have lost four of six, in the NL Cen­tral. Felipe Vazquez earned his 21st save by get­ting the fi­nal two outs.


In Bal­ti­more, Jorge Al­faro home­red and drove in three runs, Nick Pivetta took a three-hit­ter into the sev­enth in­ning and the Phillies beat Bal­ti­more.

Mak­ing the most of a one-day stay in Bal­ti­more, the Phillies got 12 hits off Kevin Gaus­man (4-7) while build­ing a 5-0 lead against the team with the worst record in the ma­jors. Al­faro, the No. 9 hit­ter, sin­gled and scored in the third in­ning to help Philadel­phia move a half-game ahead of sec­ond-place At­lanta in the NL East.

Pivetta (6-7) had a no-hit­ter through four in­nings and fin­ished with seven strike­outs. The righty gave up three runs and five hits be­fore be­ing pulled with two outs in the sev­enth.

Ser­an­thony Ro­driguez worked the ninth for his ninth save.


Rock­ies catcher Chris Ian­netta, front, shows the ball to the Di­a­mond­backs’ Steven Souza Jr. af­ter he was tagged out at home plate Thurs­day in Den­ver.

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