Josh Reddick capped a three-run rally in the bottom of the ninth with an RBI single and the Oakland Athletics scored a 4-3 walk off win over the Houston Astros Saturday at O.co Coliseum.
Trailing 3-1 entering the bottom of the ninth, the A’s (12-5) were able to come back against Houston closer Chad Qualls (0-1).
Jed Lowrie got the rally started by lining his second homer of the season to right field and Josh Donaldson kept things going with a walk. Yoenis Cespedes followed with a single and after pinch-hitter John Jaso struck out, Alberto Callaspo tied the game with a single to center that also chased Cespedes to third.
Reddick followed by lining a single to right-center to send Cespedes home to start the pileup at the plate.
Dan Otero (3-0) earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one.
Scott Kazmir, however, had a terrific start for Oakland, working eight innings—just the second time he’s gone that far in a start since returning to the majors with the Indians last season. He allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits, striking out five with no walks.
The Astros (5-13) opened the scoring on Jonathan Villar’s one-out homer in the third. Villar, a 23-year-old shortstop, has three home runs in 52 at-bats this season after hitting one in 241 plate appearances a year ago.
Oakland tied it up in the bottom of the third when Daric Barton and Craig Gentry cracked back-to-back doubles to start the inning. Gentry was starting in place of Coco Crisp, who is still nursing a sore wrist.
The Astros reclaimed the lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Matt Dominguez.
The A’s leaky defense cost them a run in the fifth.
Villar stroked a one-out double and stole third, with Derek Norris’ throw sailing into left field and allowing Villar to score.
That was one of two Oakland errors on the day and runs their American League-worst total to 18 this season. The A’s have 12 errors in their last eight games.
Oakland finished with 14 hits but was 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position, including 2-for-10 before the ninth inning. Nick Punto was 3-for-4, Reddick was 3-for-5, while Gentry and Cespedes had two hits each.
Reddick is now 6-for-9 in the series against the Astros after opening the season 4-for-41. He’s raised his average from .098 to .200 over the course of the last two games.
The A’s will look to complete the sweep on Sunday at 1:05 p.m., with Jesse Chavez (0-0, 1.35) slated to go for Oakland against Brad Peacock (0-1, 7.45 ERA), who will be making his first start of the season after four relief appearances.