A's can't contain Astros lineup, drop second straight



OAKLAND -- George Springer kept up his hitting surge with two hits and two RBIs, Alex Bregman homered and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Tuesday night.

One night after setting a season-high for scoring and hits, the Astros were at it again with another productive night at the plate to beat A's left-hander Sean Manaea in his first start back at the Coliseum since pitching the majors' first no-hitter this season on April 21.

Every Houston starter had at least one hit for the second consecutive game. Springer, who became the first Astros player to have six hits in a nine-inning game the previous night, led the way again with a single and two-run double to raising his average to .297.

Lance McCullers (5-1) won his fourth consecutive start, allowing two runs and four hits over five innings. Yuli Gurrieldoubled in the sixth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.

Three Houston relievers combined to retire 12 batters and complete the six-hitter, with Ken Giles pitching the ninth for his fourth save.

The Astros are 9-2 in their last 11 road games and moved past the Angels into first place in the AL West.

Marcus Semien singled and scored twice for Oakland.

Stephen Piscotty returned to the A's lineup following the death of his mother late Sunday night. Gretchen Piscotty was honored with a moment of silence before the game.

Piscotty caught the first out of the game on Springer's fly to right and received an extended ovation from the crowd before hitting a single in his first at-bat. Piscotty's father was in attendance and later congratulated his son while being interviewed on the video board.

Manaea (4-4) extended his hitless streak at the Coliseum to 13 innings before Bregman's one-out home run in the second.

After Springer's go-ahead double in the fifth, Marwin Gonzalez made it 4-2 with an RBI single in the sixth.

Manaea allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. The left-hander has given up eight runs in his last two starts after yielding five in the first six.


RHP Gerrit Cole (3-1) pitches the series finale for the Astros and is coming off a dominant one-hit shutout of Arizona when he struck out a career-high 16. RHP Daniel Mengden (2-3, 4.30) goes for the A's and is seeking his first win in five career starts against Houston.

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