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Astros Vs Oakland Series: Houston Turns the Tables

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The most recent Astros Vs Oakland series was the third time these two teams have met this season. The two teams played a three-game series starting Tuesday. The Astros entered this series with the Athletics riding a six-game winning streak with a record of 23-17.

Astros Vs Oakland Series: Game One

The Astros were riding a hot streak coming into this series with the Athletics. After going 8-2 on the previous homestand, the Astros looked for more as they were a half-game behind the division-leading A’s. In the series opener, Houston sent right-hander Cristian Javier to the mound to face-off against Oakland southpaw Sean Manaea. Javier has been effective in his outings this season, and in game one of this series, he managed to go to six innings, giving up three earned runs while striking out nine.

The Astros would take the lead early in the first inning on a Yordan Alvarez two-run double, quickly putting Houston up 2-0. The A’s would get a run back on a Ramon Laureano solo home run in the bottom of the first. Houston would get another run in the top of the fourth inning on a Kyle Tucker solo home run. The two teams exchanged runs back and forth as the bullpen for the Astros struggled to maintain the lead. Oakland would finally beat the Astros in the bottom of the ninth as Laureano hit the game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly. The Astros looked to bounce back in game two with Zack Greinke on the mound.

Astros Vs Oakland Series: Game Two – Greinke Dominates

The Astros returned to action in Oakland on Wednesday night, hoping to even the series. Houston sent veteran right-hander Zack Greinke to the mound – and talk about a performance! The Astros needed Greinke to go deep into this game, due to how much the bullpen had been taxed over the last few days, and he certainly delivered. The eccentric righty went eight strong innings, giving up only one run on four hits while striking out eight.

The Astros got on the board in the first inning when Jose Altuve hit a solo home run on the first pitch of the game coupled later with a Carlos Correa RBI single putting Houston up 2-0. The Athletics managed to get a run back in the bottom of the second inning, but that would be all Oakland could muster.

The Astros mounted another offensive attack late in the game, scoring three runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, extending their lead to 8-1. Dusty Baker would look to lefty-reliever Kent Emanuel to cover the bottom of the ninth and secure the Astros victory. With this win, the Astros now had an opportunity to take the series, putting themselves in a position to assume first place in the AL West, pending a game three win.

Astros Vs Oakland Series: Game Three – The Rubber Match

The Astros entered the final game of the series against Oakland yesterday afternoon. Fresh off their victory from the previous night, Houston looked to maintain their offensive assault; a feat they accomplished.

The Astros sent righty Luis Garcia to the mound in the final game of the series to square off against A’s lefty Cole Irvin. Garcia looked to build off his last start, in which he secured the first win of his MLB career. Garcia managed to last five innings, giving up only two earned runs while punching out a total of seven.

The Athletics led off the scoring in game three, getting on the board in the bottom of the first inning on a solo home run by Mark Canha. The Astros struck back in the top of the third when Martin Maldonado hit an RBI double. Alex Bregman and Michael Brantley also drove in runs in the top of the third inning, putting Houston up 3-1. In turn, the Athletics would get another run back in the bottom of the third inning on Tony Kemp‘s solo home run.

More offensive production for the Astros came in the top of the fourth, as Maldonado hit a two-run home run, extending Houston’s lead to 5-2. In the later innings, the teams exchanged runs again, but in the top of the ninth, Houston took advantage of a pair of Oakland errors bumping the lead to 7-3. The Astros added an insurance run on Yuli Gurriel‘s RBI single. In a last-ditch effort, Oakland scored another run in the bottom of the ninth, as Seth Brown belted a solo home run. That, however, would be all for Oakland, as the Astros won by a final of 8-4, thus stealing the series and division lead from the A’s.

Houston has now gone 8-2 over their last ten games and currently have a record of 26-18. Next up for the Astros will be a three-game weekend series against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

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Jeff "Rip" Griffin is a current MLB writer covering the Houston Astros. Rip is also the host of The Rip Griffin Show on Apple Podcasts. Rip holds a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology, focusing in Sports Management from the University of Houston - Victoria.