Instant Replay: A's 7, Astros 2

Instant Replay: A's 7, Astros 2
September 8, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Bo Porter on his ejection, Astros pitching

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Lucas Harrell got a spot start for the Astros when scheduled starter Paul Clemens was scratched because of a blister on his pitching finger. As it turned out, it was the A’s who blistered the Astros 7-2 on Sunday in the finale of a four-game series at Oakland with the A’s winning the last three games.

Right fielder L.J. Hoes was a bright spot for the Astros, who led 1-0 after two innings. Hoes was 2-for-2 with two walks and made two good catches.
 
Turning point
Oakland sent 10 batters to the plate in a seven-run third inning, which happened to be Harrell’s final inning. All seven runs came with two outs. The big blows were a two-run double by Brandon Moss and Seth Smith’s three-run home run that gave the A’s a 7-1 lead.
 
Starting pitching
Harrell (6-16) pitched two scoreless innings and was looking sharp heading to the bottom of the third. Then things turned ugly for the right-hander. Harrell allowed seven two-out runs in the inning. In three innings Harrell allowed seven runs and seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Harrell, who retired the side in order in the first inning, threw only 37 strikes among his 72 pitches.

Bartolo Colon (15-6) doesn’t have the fastball he once had, but he can still pitch. The right-hander allowed only one run and five hits in six innings. Colon struck out seven and walked only one.
 
In the bullpen
Erik Bedard pitched four scoreless innings in relief of Harrell without getting a strikeout. Bedard was pitching to contact and his fielders were making plays. The left-hander allowed only two hits and two walks.


Jorge De Leon pitched a scoreless eighth inning, including a strikeout of Coco Crisp, who was 0-for-5.
Brett Anderson pitched the final three innings to earn his third save. Anderson allowed one run and three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
 
Ejection
Astros manager Bo Porter was ejected for the second time in the series on Sunday and the third time on the season. Porter was tossed by home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt with one out in the fifth with the bases loaded and the Astros trailing 7-1. Porter was huddled on the mound with Bedard and the infielders when he was given the boot.
 
At the plate
Two batters into the game, the Astros were ahead 1-0 on Jose Altuve’s gapped double to left-center that scored from first base Jonathan Villar, who reached base by grounding up the middle for a single. In the seventh inning, Brandon Barnes singled in Hoes.

Smith’s three-run home run off Harrell put the game out of reach. Moss had three hits and two RBIs for the A’s, who out-hit the Astros 11-8. Yoenis Cespedes and Daric Barton had two hits each.
 
In the field
Hoes made two outstanding catches. Hoes made a nice running catch before crashing into the wall for the second out of the third inning with runners at first and second. Immediately after Hoes’ catch, the next five A’s reached base. In the sixth inning Hoes made a sliding catch just before crossing the foul line for the second out.
 
Up next
The Astros begin a three-game series at Seattle on Monday. Scheduled to start for Houston on Monday is RHP Jarred Cosart (1-1, 2.13 ERA) vs. RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 3.60 ERA).

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