Canha’s two-run single helps A’s rally past Astros


HOUSTON — Mark Canha‘s two-RBI single in Oakland’s three-run eighth inning lifted the Athletics to a 6-4 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday.

The Athletics fell behind early but cut the lead to one with a three-run fifth. An RBI double by Matt Chapman tied it with no outs in eighth before Canha’s single off Chris Devenksi (2-2) with one out made it 6-4.

Canha’s hit landed in the corner of left field and the Astros challenged the ruling that the ball was fair, but the call was upheld.

It was another big eighth inning for the A’s, who lead the majors with 69 runs in the inning this season. This one helped them take three out of four against the Astros.

Nick Martini had three hits and drove in two runs for the Athletics, who are 19-5 in their last 24 games.

Yusmeiro Petit (3-2) allowed one hit in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Ryan Buchter took over for the eighth and made back-to-back nifty plays to pitch a perfect inning.

The first one came when a comebacker by Yuli Gurriel hit him on the thigh and rolled away from the mound. He chased it down and made a barehanded throw that beat Gurriel to first. Two pitches later, Buchter mishandled a dribbler by Josh Reddick before scooping it up and flipping it to first for the out.

Lou Trivino struck out two in the ninth for his fourth save in five opportunities.

Alex Bregman drove in two with a double in the third and Tony Kemp’s two-run homer made it 4-0 in the fourth.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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