OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Mark Canha hit an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat Houston again on the last swing, beating 4-3 on Sunday. to the Astros, leaders of the West Division of the American League.
The Athletics swept the three-game series to stay in contention for a playoff spot. Oakland started the day four games behind the wild-card co-leaders Boston and New York, while Toronto and Seattle are also in contention.
Alex Bregman homered for the Astros, whose magic number to clinch their division title remains two.
A day after Starling Marte defined the game with a double to beat Houston 2-1 – when Elvis Andrus suffered a broken leg scoring the winning run – the Athletics attacked again in the ninth inning.
For the Athletics, the Brazilian Yan Gomes 2-1. Puerto Rican Vimael Machín 1-1. The Dominican Marte 5-0 with an RBI.
For the Astros, the Cubans Yuli Gurriel 4-2 with an produced, Yordan Álvarez 3-1 with a run scored, and Aledmys Díaz 4-0. Venezuelans José Altuve 5-0 and Marwin González 1-0. Dominican José Siri 4-2 with an RBI.
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