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Springer’s leadoff homer helped stake the Astros to a 4-1 lead after two innings, but Oakland’s Khris Davis capped a four-run third with a three-run homer — his second of the game — to put the A’s ahead, 5-4. Houston batted around in the bottom of the inning, scoring five runs on RBIs by five different players to take a 9-5 lead.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Springer dinger beginner: Springer ignited one of the Astros’ biggest offensive barrages of the season by clubbing a homer off Hahn to start the bottom of the first. It was Springer’s 24th homer of the season — the most by an Astros player prior to the All-Star break since Lance Berkman hit 24 in the first half of 2006 — and his ninth leadoff homer of the season, which broke the club single-season record of eight set by Craig Biggio in 2001 and equaled by Springer last year. More >
Quick strike: After the A’s scored four in the third to take a 5-4 lead, the Astros wasted no time retaking the lead. Hahn was pulled after giving up singles to Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran to start the third, and Marwin Gonzalez greeted reliever Josh Smith with an RBI double off the wall to tie the game. Beltran scored on a Yuli Gurriel grounder to give Houston the lead for good.
ALONSO EXITS IN EIGHTH INNING
A’s first baseman Yonder Alonso left the game in the eighth inning after fouling a ball off his right knee. Alonso left the game with two strikes in the count, but was charged with a strikeout after pinch-hitter Rajai Davis was at the plate for the third strike.
A’s: Rookie Daniel Gossett will start Thursday’s 11:10 a.m. PT series finale against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. It will mark the fourth big league start for the right-hander, who tossed six strong innings in Chicago on Saturday and notched his first career win after holding the White Sox to two unearned runs.
Astros: Right-hander Brad Peacock (4-1, 2.82 ERA) returns from the paternity list to start Thursday’s series finale at 1:10 p.m. CT at Minute Maid Park, his first outing since June 19 at Oakland. Since moving from the bullpen to the rotation, he is 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA in six starts, with 44 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings (Major League-leading 37 percent strikeout rate).
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Jane Lee has covered the A’s for MLB.com since 2010.
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