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Athletics 2, Astros 0: Devenski, Feldman strong; offense not so much

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The Astros pull out tandem pitching in Chris Devenski's first major league start.

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Nothing has clicked for the Astros this season. Houston is the only team in Major League Baseball that hasn't won back-to-back games this season. Thus, manager A.J. Hinch started to make changes. The first of those changes was moving Chris Devenski to the rotation.

Devenski made his first major league start on Saturday at Oakland Coliseum. Devenski and the pitcher he replaced, Scott Feldman, pitched eight strong innings,  but the offense wasn't able to bust through against Jesse Hahn.

The only offense in the game came in the second inning. Friday's hero Yonder Alonso started the inning with a double. Devenski then walked the bases loaded, setting up Billy Burns to smack a line drive single to left -- scoring two.

Devenski reloaded the bases by walking Jed Lowrie, but he induced Josh Reddick to pop out to right field to end the inning.

The A's threatened again in the fourth, with a double from Josh Phegley and a single from Marcus Semien. Devenski retired Burns and Lowrie to end the inning.

Carlos Correa showed some life in the seventh with a double. John Axford forced Tyler White to pop out with two runners on to end the inning.

The Astros loaded the bases against the A's closer Ryan Madson in the ninth. Jose Altuve walked, Correa walked and Rasmus singled.

It was all for not as Evan Gattis grounded into a game-ending double play. The Astros offense shot itself in the foot by grounding into three double plays in the game.

Devenski finished the day allowing two runs on five hits and three walked while striking out four over five innings. Scott Feldman pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three.

Hahn pitched 6 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, striking out four, and walking two.