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Game of the Week: Astros’ Late Rally Leads To Sweep

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The Houston Astros and Oakland A’s were back at the Coliseum on Sunday afternoon for the third and final game of the series.

The Astros already secured the series win on Saturday with a 9-3 victory and were looking for the sweep as they sent their rookie starter Asher Wojciechowski (ERA 7.31) to the mound against Oakland’s Drew Pomeranz (ERA 4.50).

After a ninth inning offensive push, the Astros would get the 7-6 victory and the series sweep over the A’s.

The A’s took an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second with a RBI triple by Josh Reddick sending Ike Davis home. Reddick then scored off a sac fly by Jake Marisnick for the second run of the inning.

In the top of the third, a two run single by Evan Gattis tied the game at two but, then a RBI single by Colby Rasmus then put the Astros up 3-2.

In the top of the fourth, the Astros took a 5-2 lead with a two run homer by Marisnick. But, the A’s tied the game in the bottom of the fourth,  which was started with a double by Davis.

Both starting pitchers were unable to go the distance as Wojciechowski tossed just four innings allowing five hits and five runs, while striking out four batters. Pomeranz went five innings allowing six hits, five runs and striking out four batters.

In the bottom of the seventh, an RBI single by Marcus Semien sent Craig Gentry home put the A’s up 6-5.

With Tyler Clippard on the mound for the A’s in the top of the ninth, the Astros had just one more chance to rally back and that’s what they did. Marisnick singled on a line drive to center to start the inning, then Jose Altuve reached on a fielding error and both would steal advancing to second and third. Jed Lowrie was intentionally walked by Clippard to load for the load the bases. Evan Gattis then hit his third double of the season plating Marisnick and Altuve to put the Astros up 7-6.

Clippard was charged with the blown save (1) and the loss (0-2), as lefty Tony Sipp (2-0, 0.96) earned the win after his 1.2 innings of no hit ball and righty Luke Gregerson (ERA 2.00) earned his fourth of the save.

Next:

The Houston Astros will now travel to San Diego to start a series against the Padres. The Oakland A’s will start a series against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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