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Athletics 7, Astros 4: Fiers, Feliz melt down in the fourth inning en route to loss

Fiers once again unable to get through five innings on the mound.

Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros had pretty much smooth sailing since the start of June. The team has gone well over .500 and have gained ground on the Texas Rangers in the A.L. West. Monday night proved to be a small iceberg for the Astros as the team gave up five runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 7-4 loss.

In the fourth inning, Mike Fiers retired the first two batters of the inning. Stephen Vogt hit a double to left and moved to third on a wild pitch. Marcus Semien walked and stole second. Both runners scored on a single from Yonder Alonso and Ryon Healy followed with a double to plate the third run of the inning.

Following a Coco Crisp walk, Astros manager A.J. Hinch pulled Fiers. Fiers didn't go quietly, visibly arguing after giving up the baseball. The argument continued int he dugout. Fiers continued to argue his case while Carlos Gomez and Jose Altuve each talked to the frustrated starter.

Michael Feliz replaced Fiers and continued to struggle. He walked three straight batters and the A's took a 6-2 lead after Houston led 2-1 at the start of the inning.

The Astros attempted to claw back. Marwin Gonzalez hit a solo home run in the fifth. Carlos Correa doubled home Altuve in the eighth but the damage was done.

The game was in the loss column the moment Fiers stormed off the mound.