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Athletics 4, Astros 0: Gray one-ups former teammate Kazimir

All day Sonny Gray.

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The Astros had their chances against the A's on Tuesday. But Sonny Gray was too much for the Houston lineup.

Houston had the bases loaded in the second with one out, but couldn't find a way to drive a runner home. Two on, two out, and Jose Altuve at the plate -- couldn't do it then either. Same scenario in the seventh with George Springer -- don't even think about it.

Sonny Gray was lights out, scattering five hits over seven innings while striking out seven.

On the other side of the coin, the Athletics got all of their runs off the long ball. Kazmir tested BIll Burns, who reached back and smacked a ball just over the centerfield wall for a solo home run -- it would ball the A's needed.

Mark Canha ripped a Kazmir pitch just inside the left field foul pole for a three-run home run in the fifth to pad the A's lead.

With the Astros loss and the Rangers' 9-6 win over Seattle, Houston is only one game ahead of the Rangers heading into Wednesday.

Collin McHugh hopes to salvage the final game tonight at 9:05 p.m. CT.