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Astros rout A's 10-4, secure ALDS home-field advantage

Oct. 03, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker hit two of the Astros’ four homers as Houston locked up home-field advantage in the AL Division Series with a 10-4 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night. With the win, the AL West champion Astros will have host...

Astros' edge for home field in playoffs cut with loss to A's

Oct. 02, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Matt Olson and Chad Pinder each homered and the Oakland Athletics beat Houston 8-6 Friday night, cutting the Astros’ edge for home-field advantage in the AL playoffs. Houston leads the White Sox by one game for home field in their best-of-five Division...

A's edge AL West-leading Astros again on walk-off hit in 9th

Sep. 26, 2021 20:38 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Mark Canha hit an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics again beat Houston with their final swing, edging the AL West-leading Astros 4-3 Sunday. The A’s swept the three-game series to move up in the...

Marte's double in 9th lifts A's 2-1, stalls Astros

Sep. 26, 2021 01:58 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Starling Marte hit a game-ending double with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics over the Houston Astros 2-1 on Saturday. The A’s are four games behind AL wild card co-leaders Boston and New York, with Seattle...

Mariners beat Athletics 5-2 to stay in AL wild-card chase

Sep. 22, 2021 01:35 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Marco Gonzales pitched six uneven innings and won his eighth straight decision, and the Seattle Mariners beat Oakland 5-2 on Tuesday night, moving into a tie with the Athletics in a matchup of wild-card contenders. J.P. Crawford hit a home run in...

Seager's three RBIs help Mariners stop A's 5-game win streak

Sep. 21, 2021 01:03 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland's starting pitchers had been so dominant during this recent stretch until Kyle Seager and Seattle swung away and took it to Sean Manaea. Seager had a two-run double in the decisive third inning among his three hits and three RBIs, Mitch...

Royals' Perez ties Bench's HR mark with 45th in loss to A's

Sep. 16, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez tied Johnny Bench’s record for homers in a season by a catcher with his 45th, but Chad Pinder’s two-run single spurred a third-inning rally and the Oakland Athletics held off the Kansas City Royals 7-2 Thursday. Perez hit a...

A's hold off Royals 12-10 to keep pace in AL wild-card race

Sep. 16, 2021 00:37 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Olson hit a two-run homer, Josh Harrison drove in three runs and Elvis Andrus had four hits as the Oakland Athletics held on through a nervy ninth inning to beat the Kansas City Royals 12-10 on Wednesday night. The A's ended a three-game...

Olson's 4 RBIs lead A's past Rangers for 3rd straight win

Sep. 11, 2021 01:47 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics understand the ups and downs of a season, having started 2021 with six straight losses before soon winning 13 in a row. They are counting on a September roll carrying them to a fourth straight playoff berth. ...

Manaea fans 9, A’s beat White Sox 3-1

Sep. 09, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sean Manaea struck out nine in seven dominant innings, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 3-1 on Thursday. Manaea (9-9) allowed one run and five hits in his first win since July 28. The left-hander went 0-3 with an 8.00 ERA in...