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Astros 6, Athletics 0; Musgrove rebounds in win over Oakland

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The Astros blanked the A's on Monday night, taking the first match-up in a three-game set that will lead into the toughest two weeks of their schedule.

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The Astros won their sixth shutout of the season on decent Joe Musgrove pitching, a Jose Altuve home run, and terrible, terrible defense by Athletics' third baseman, Ryon Healy.

IT GOT WEIRD WHEN...

The bottom of the second inning started off normal enough, with Calos Correa flying out to center and Evan Gattis striking out, but then things got strange. Yuli Gurriel hit a ball to Ryon Healy at third base, who sat back a little too long before throwing to first, which allowed Gurriel to reach on an "infield single". Note the strategic use of quotation marks in the previous sentence. Brownie, Blummer, and I all thought that ball could have easily been ruled an error, but whatever.

After the non-error, the next two batters, Marwin Gonzalez and Teoscar Hernandez, both reached on actual errors executed by -- you guessed it -- Athletics' third baseman, Ryon Healy. Sean Manea then walked in two runs before striking out Alex Bregman to end the inning, but you can hardly blame him since the poor guy had to pitch basically an extra inning thanks to the defensive miscues.

Joe Musgrove's overall line of 3 H, 3 BB and 7 Ks over 5.1 innings looks pretty good, but he also hit Jake Smolinski TWICE and had to wiggle out of a bases loaded jam in the fifth. He got back into trouble in the sixth inning, and Luke Gregerson relieved him and induced an inning ending double play. Pat Neshek pitched the seventh and Brad Peacock closed out the eighth and ninth innings to preserve the shutout.

MORE NOTES FROM THE GAME

*Jose Altuve hit his 22nd home run in the sixth inning.

*Alex Bregman hit a two run single in seventh to extend his hitting streak to seven games.

*Carlos Correa tied Miguel Tejada for most RBI (86) in a season by an Astros shortstop with an RBI single in the seventh.

The second game of this three game series kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday August 30th at 6:10 PM Central.