Altuve homers late, but rally falls short

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Davis’ third homer of the series and his American League-leading 10th came in the eighth inning off Will Harris. It proved to be the game winner, traveling 373 feet with an exit velocity of 102 mph.

The seven-inning stint was also a career high for Triggs, who did not walk a batter and scattered five hits.

With Triggs out of the ballgame, the Astros capitalized to trim the deficit in the bottom half of the eighth on Jose Altuve‘s homer to left off reliever Sean Doolittle, which went an estimated 354 feet with a launch angle of 32 degrees.

Decker’s golden arm: Oakland right fielder Jaff Decker‘s laser nabbed Carlos Beltran at third base on a no-hop throw to complete a double play for the first two outs of the Houston fourth. Beltran was attempting to advance from second to third on a ball hit to right by Brian McCann. Trevor Plouffe applied the tag on Beltran. Evan Gattis followed with a two-out single to put runners on the corners before Alex Bregman struck out swinging to strand two runners.

Decker nabs Beltran

Correa, Beltran squander early chances: Houston’s best chance to score off Triggs may have come in the opening frame when back-to-back singles from Josh Reddick and Altuve put runners on the corners with one out. But Carlos Correa and Beltran each struck out swinging to end the threat. It marked the only time all game that the Astros had a runner reach third with under two outs. Correa had another RBI chance in the third inning, but he grounded out to second base with two on and two out.

Triggs fans Beltran, escapes jam

Astros manager A.J. Hinch unsuccessfully challenged a call at third base in the fourth inning. Beltran tried to advance from second to third on a McCann flyout to right field, but a great throw from Decker beat Beltran to the bag. Beltran thought the swipe tag from third baseman Plouffe missed him, but the original out call stood — as no replay angle appeared conclusive.

A’s: Coming off a no-decision in which he allowed just one hit over eight innings against the Angels, Jesse Hahn is scheduled to make his fifth appearance (fourth start) at 11:10 a.m. PT on Sunday. Hahn is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three career starts against Houston.

Astros: Ace Dallas Keuchel starts at 1:10 p.m. CT on Sunday. He has gone at least seven innings in each of his first five outings, and the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner is coming off a complete-game 4-2 win at Cleveland.

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Richard Dean is a contributor to based in Houston.

Ben DuBose is a contributor to based in Houston.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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