Oakland Athletics center fielder Chris Young (25) hits a home run during the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (PHOTO: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)
HOUSTON, TX - Chris Young's three-run home run in the
ninth inning lifted the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 win over the Houston
Astros in the opener of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park.
Down 5-3, with Jose Veras (0-3) pitching for the Astros, pinch-hitter John
Jaso drew a walk. Veras struck out Eric Sogard, but walked Coco Crisp. Young
then hammered a 1-1 pitch deep into the stands in left to give Oakland its
sixth win in seven games.
Pat Neshek (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Grant Balfour escaped trouble
in the ninth to notch his 10th save.
Seth Smith had a solo home run while Yoenis Cespedes and Luke Montz drove in
one run apiece for the Athletics. Starter Tommy Milone gave up five runs on
eight hits over seven innings.
J.D. Martinez smashed a three-run homer, Matt Dominguez hit a solo shot and
Jose Altuve had an RBI for the Astros. Starter Erik Bedard allowed two runs on
four hits and four walks in five frames.
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