The Oakland A’s won tonight after Sam Fuld hit his first-career go-ahead home run in the ninth inning or later with his side down 3-2 in the top of the ninth.
Drew Pomeranz got the start for Oakland tonight and he pitched well. The southpaw went 5.1 innings including seven strikeouts and unfortunately for him one unearned run. That run came after Eric Sogard made a fielding error which allowed the hitter Jose Altuve to reach first. Altuve eventually came around to score on a wild pitch from reliever Ryan Cook.
Offensively the A’s also took a while to get started, but in the top-half of the sixth inning got things going with a bases loaded sacrifice fly by Jonny Gomes. Unfortunately that would be all the damage done at the time despite having plenty to work with.
We move on to the top of the ninth with the the Oakland A’s down 3-2. Chad Qualls came into the game and immediately the A’s jumped on him with a base hit by Gomes. Right away Craig Gentry came in as a pinch-runner and would steal second, followed by an advancement to third on an Alberto Callaspo groundout.
Sogard then made up for his error earlier in the game by singling in Gentry to tie the game at three 3-3. But, the A’s weren’t done.
Two batter later Sam Fuld hit a go-ahead two-run homer giving Oakland it’s second lead of the night. The A’s even had a chance at more runs but Derek Norris ended up striking out with the bases loaded leaving the game at 5-3.
In the bottom half of the inning the Astros would make it interesting after getting the lead runner on base. However, a Josh Donaldson led double play — which was challenged and upheld — negated that and quickly there were two outs.
However, Chris Carter came up to bat and hit a solo home run to make it 5-4. That would be it from Houston though as Dexter Fowler lined out to Andy Parrino to end the game. Eric O’Flaherty picked up his first career save in the process.
Tomorrow the A’s will take on the Angels again, this time in a four-game series in Anaheim. Last week that A’s took two of three at home and no doubt the Angels are looking to do the same in their ballpark.