Before the All-Star Break in Houston, the Astros basically stole two games away from the Oakland Athletics in the ninth inning. The A's returned the favor on Tuesday as the team tied the game in the ninth and won in 10th on a Josh Reddick RBI single, 4-3.
To add insult to injury, the Astros had Dallas Keuchel on the mound. Keuchel cruised through six innings before giving up two runs in the seventh and exiting the game. His counterpart on the mound was Oakland's Dillon Overton was able to match Keuchel's 6 1/3 innings in just his third major league start of his career. On top of that, the Astros had worked his pitch count up 30 after the first inning. But Astros weren't able to overstress the young left-hander for the A's.
The Astros were also not facing the A's best on Tuesday as Stephen Vogt, Yonder Alonso, and Reddick were not in the starting lineup. But the came into the game when it counted.
Vogt smacked a one-out double and was followed by Coco Crisp who added his own double to tie the game against Astros closer, Will Harris. Before getting pitchforks out for Harris, the eighth inning was clear sailing with Luke Gregerson. Gregerson with two outs walked two and uncorked a wild pitch to get them both in scoring position -- a fly out by Reddick to end the inning prevented disaster in the eighth.
The A's game winning 10th inning start with two straight outs -- as if to remind the Astros of their meltdown on Monday with two outs. Marcus Semien hit a line drive that fell just short of Colby Rasmus in left. Semien then processed to steal second with Tony Sipp on the mound. Sipp walked Alonso. Sipp induced a squibber from Jose Reddick that Carlos Correa had to charge at an odd angle. It took Correa so long to get the ball that Semien attempted to score and did with a wide throw home.
Jose Altuve was primed to another cycle attempt after hitting a single, double, and triple in that order. But the home run didn't come. The double came in the third inning. Altuve put Marwin Gonzalez at third with his hit and he was tagged out at home on a Carlos Correa grounder. Luis Valbuena smacked a line drive to center to score Altuve from third.
George Springer led off the fifth with a home run and Altuve picked up his triple shortly after. Correa hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 3-0 with Altuve scoring on the play.
The A's two runs in the seventh came on a Billy Butler single, Jake Smolinski double and a Ryon Healy two-RBIs double.
The Astros had a chance Astros had a chance to take the lead back in the 10th. Altuve singled to center, Correa reached on an error and Luis Valbuena walked on four pitched. Marc Rzepczynski induced a weak grounder to third base from Carlos Gomez to end the inning.
Keuchel allowed two runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking three -- he collected his fourth straight quality start on Tuesday.