The Oakland Athletics pounded out 13 hits in a 7-5 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night.
The first half game was a back-and-forth affair, with both teams exchanging leads and momentum. A.J Griffin pitched six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and striking out nine.
The Astros scored three times in the third on four hits against Griffin after the A’s jumped out to an early 1-0 lead. A single by Jose Altuve tied the game, and Matt Dominguez delivered the big hit with a two-run single with two outs.
The A’s responded to the Astros rally with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Back-to-back doubles by Josh Donaldson and Jed Lowrie plated their first run of the inning. Then, two singles in a row by Yoenis Cespedes and Nate Freiman allowed Lowrie to score and tie the game.
After the Astros regained the lead in the fourth, the A’s came right back in the bottom half once again. Jed Lowrie’s single plated Coco Crisp and tied the game, and the A’s took the lead on a Yoenis Cespedes RBI groundout.
The A’s knocked Astros starter Dallas Keuchel out of the game after just 3.1 innings. Keuchel allowed five runs on 10 hits.
His replacement, Philip Humber, gave the A’s some insurance runs when he allowed a two-run homer to Josh Donaldson in the sixth that put the A’s ahead by three runs.
Despite a shaky save in the ninth by Grant Balfour, that would be all that the A’s needed on this night to even up the series against the Astros.