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Athletics 6, Astros 4: Astros’ comeback falls short in the 9th

Healy’s grand slam too much to overcome.

MLB: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Astros offense can never be counted out. The Astros batsmen had a chance to prove that once again on Tuesday night after entering the ninth inning down 6-1.

The Astros scored three runs and had the game-tying runs on base in the ninth with no outs. But the Astros completely missed their opportunity in a 6-4 loss.

Mike Fiers again had a strong outing he allowed just one run through five innings and didn’t give up a home run again for the sixth straight outing.

But Fiers exited the game in the sixth inning after loading the bases with two outs.

The big blow for the Athletics came against the first man out of the bullpen, James Hoyt.

Hoyt battled Ryon Healy four eight pitches, with a 3-2 count he threw 93 MPH fast that Hoyt deposited over the right-center field fence for a grand slam.

The A’s took a 5-1 lead. Oakland added another run in the eight after Reymin Guduan gave up back-to-back doubles to Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis.

The Astros started the comeback in the ninth with Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick opened the frame with singles.

George Springer blasted his 23rd home run of the season to cut the A’s lead to 6-4. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa followed with a pair of singles. But pinch-hitter Josh Reddick popped out and Brian McCann grounded into a double play to end the game.