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Matt Chapman’s homer, power arms propel A’s past Astros

OAKLAND — Matt Chapman’s solo home run leading off the sixth inning and power pitching by Frankie Montas, Lou Trivino and Blake Treinen led the Athletics to a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros Wednesday night at the Coliseum.
It was the first win for Oakland (11-10) over the Astros (12-6), who swept a three-game series in Houston and beat the A’s 9-1 Tuesday night.
Montas (3-1) gave up three hits and one run with two walks and six strikeouts, throwing 88 pitches with 58 strikes.
After recording the first out in the seventh on a ground ball, manager Bob Melvin went for Lou Trivino after a an opposite-field single by Josh Reddick. Trivino recorded a pair of strikeouts to get out of the seventh and a 1-2-3 eighth against the top of the Houston order. Treinen pitched the ninth for his sixth save before a crowd of 11,323.
Treinen, who hadn’t pitched since Friday in Texas, gave up a walk to Alex Bregman and a single to Yuli Gurriel but struck out Robinson Chirinos on his 23rd pitch of the inning for the game’s final out.
Chapman’s sixth home run of the season came on a 1-1 pitch against Houston starter and loser Wade Miley (1-2).
The Astros finally got to Montas in the sixth inning following a one-out walk to George Springer and a two-out walk to Alex Bregman.
Michael Brantley was next, and what would have been a harmless roller to shortstop was instead a ground single against an exaggerated A’s shift against a left-handed hitter. Springer came around to score and tie the game 1-1.
The A’s opened the scoring in the second when Mark Canha doubled down the line with one out against Miley and came around to score on a two-out double by Jurckson Profar. Profar’s liner ate up Bregman at third and rolled to nearly the same spot where Canha hit his double.

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