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Astros top A’s 9-8 on Altuve’s bases-loaded walk in 9th

By KRISTIE RIEKEN

HOUSTON (AP) _ Jose Altuve drew a four-pitch walk from Oakland closer Blake Treinen with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday, giving the Houston Astros a 9-8 win Sunday and a three-game sweep of the Athletics.

Josh Reddick walked and Aledmys Diaz singled off Treinen (0-1) to begin the ninth. Reddick was then thrown out at third on a bunt by Robinson Chirinos.

Tony Kemp walked to load the bases before Treinen struck out George Springer. Altuve never saw a strike, forcing home the winning run.

Roberto Osuna (1-0) struck out one in a perfect ninth for the win.

The Astros scored five runs in the first, but trailed 8-6 going into the eighth. Kemp homered off Lou Trivino, Springer followed with a flyball that dropped in shallow right field for a double and Treinen relieved. A single by Altuve set up Alex Bregman’s tying sacrifice fly.

Oakland trailed by a run with one on and one out in the sixth when Josh Phegley connected on his first home run of the season off rookie Josh James, which bounced off the wall above the seats in left field to make it 7-6.

Chad Pinder, who drove in two runs in the first with a double, homered off Hector Rondon to start the A’s eighth for an 8-6 lead.

Robbie Grossman homered with three RBIs and finished a triple shy of the cycle as the Athletics lost for the fourth time in five games.

The Athletics got a rough start from Mike Fiers, who allowed seven hits and six runs without getting out of the second inning. He entering the game having pitched 12 straight scoreless innings.

Houston starter Brad Peacock also struggled early, allowing four runs in the first two innings before settling in and giving up just one more run in the next three.

Diaz got his first hit as an Astro with a three-run homer in the first and drove in a fourth run with a bases-loaded walk.

The Athletics took a 2-0 lead in the first when Pinder got a two-run double that hit roof before landing in left field.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Oakland begins a four-game series at Baltimore on Monday when Marco Estrada (0-0, 2.76 ERA) opposes Andrew Cashner (1-1, 5.40). Estrada allowed two hits and three runs _ two earned _ in 5 1/3 innings in his last start but did not factor in the decision.

Astros: RHP Justin Verlander will start on Monday when Houston begins a three-game series at home with the Yankees. Verlander will look to get back on track after allowing six hits and four runs in four innings of a loss to Texas in his last start.

 

Trout HR 4th game in row; Angels top Texas after bee delay

By DAN GREENSPAN

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Mike Trout homered for the fourth straight game and the Los Angeles Angels, after waiting out a five-minute delay caused by a swarm of bees, beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 on Sunday.

Trout hit five home runs in the four-game series _ he became the fourth Angels player to connect five times in a set.

The two-time AL MVP went 6 for 11 with nine RBIs in the series. He hit a two-run drive off Kyle Bird in the sixth inning for a 6-2 lead.

Play was stopped in the fifth when the bees began flying around the bullpens in left center field at Angel Stadium. Bird was warming up and kept throwing while swatting away the insects.

Many fans cleared out of the area until the bees eventually left.

Brian Goodwin also homered for the Angels, who have won three in a row following a five-game losing streak. Justin Anderson (2-0) threw a scoreless inning in relief.

Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer for the Rangers. Shelby Miller (0-1) gave up four runs on four hits and three walks and hit one batter in two innings.

The Angels scored four times in the second. Jonathan Lucroy had an RBI single, Zack Cozart was hit by a pitch to tie it at 2, David Fletcher singled home a run and another scored on Tommy La Stella’s groundout.

The Rangers took a 2-0 lead in the second inning when Gallo launched a changeup 441 feet into the stands in right field. It was Gallo’s fourth home run of the season.

CAUGHT BY SURPRISE

Angels OF Justin Upton figured he might miss a couple of weeks at most after injuring the big toe on his left foot in a collision with the outfield wall in an exhibition game, so he couldn’t believe it when told the diagnosis of turf toe would keep him out for up to three months.

“I wasn’t happy about it, obviously,” Upton said. “But nothing I can really do about it at this point except take it and try to get better while I’m down.”

Upton, who is limited to range of motion exercises while he remains in a walking boot for the next two to three weeks, joked he had not been in contact with any offensive linemen for rehabilitation tips after sustaining an injury associated more with football than baseball.

MOVING ON UP

Pujols passed Ichiro Suzuki for 22nd place in career hits with a single in the third inning. Pujols has 3,090 hits in 2,702 games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rangers: 1B Ronald Guzman was placed on the 10-day injured list after sustaining a right hamstring strain Saturday. “I’ve never had problems with the right leg. It’s very rare,” Guzman said. Patrick Wisdom was recalled from Triple-A Nashville and is expected to split time at first base with Logan Forsythe, who started against the Angels on Sunday.

Angels: DH Shohei Ohtani (elbow) will remain in California to continue his rehabilitation. Manager Brad Ausmus did not update a timetable for when Ohtani could make his season debut. . RHP Nick Tropeano (shoulder) will begin throwing simulated games at the Angels’ spring training complex in Arizona.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Mike Minor (1-1, 4.63 ERA) will make his first road start against Arizona on Tuesday. Minor threw seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 win against Houston on Wednesday.

Angels: RHP Trevor Cahill (0-1, 3.75) will start Monday in the opener of a three-game series against Milwaukee. Cahill will make his home debut for the Angels after allowing one run in six innings in a no-decision at Seattle on Tuesday.

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