OAKLAND -- Jed Lowrie atoned for his throwing error an inning earlier by driving home Jose Altuve with a double to left in the 10th inning, sending the Astros to a series-opening 5-4 win over the A's at the Coliseum on Thursday night in a back-and-forth matchup.
"I felt like I put us in that situation in the ninth and just grateful for the opportunity to come up there in the 10th and come through," Lowrie said.
The A's, who entered the game 0-53 when losing after eight innings, trailed by a 4-2 margin heading to the bottom of the ninth. Lowrie helped his former club by throwing the ball away on a Brett Lawrie grounder, sending Stephen Vogt to third and allowing Lawrie to reach at first. Ike Davis singled home Vogt to slice the deficit to 4-3 with no outs. Three batters later, Billy Burns avoided a game-ending double play, beating the throw to first, bringing home Lawrie and helping send the game into extras. The call stood after a review.
The A's led, 2-1, when starter Aaron Brooks departed after seven, but Astros rookie phenom Carlos Correa crushed a two-run homer to left-center in the eighth, his 14th since making his Major League debut June 8. He has five homers in his past 10 games. The shot came off Fernando Rodriguez with two outs and Altuve at second, snapping a 34 2/3 homerless-innings streak for the A's reliever.
"I was trying to go away, just totally missed my spot," Rodriguez said. "The pitch was right down the middle, up and in, pretty much anybody could have hit it out."
Brooks tossed seven innings of one-run ball, yielding just four hits and striking out seven. Vogt and Lawrie each hit solo shots as the A's fell to 11-26 in one-run games.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Correa comes through in clutch: The Astros have struggled to come up with big hits during their road losing streak, going 6-for-27 with runners in scoring position while getting swept by the Rangers before coming to Oakland. Their first hit with a runner in scoring position Thursday came in the eighth when Correa blasted a two-run homer -- his 14th -- to give Houston a 3-2 lead.
"We come from a rough series against Texas and for me to get that home run to give us the lead in the eighth, it was a great moment, definitely the best homer I've hit so far," said Correa, who is hitting .319 since the All-Star break. More >
Making a name for himself: Brooks has allowed just two runs in 14 1/3 innings in his two starts with the A's. He threw 108 pitches and pounded his fist into his glove in excitement after striking out Jason Castro for the final out of the seventh. He is one of four pitchers to throw seven innings or more and yield one run or fewer in each of his first two outings with the A's.
"He pitched great," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Brooks. "That's all you can ask for. It would have been nice to reward him." More >
Redemption for Lowrie: The A's pushed a pair of unearned runs across in the ninth to the the game after Lowrie's error. Lowrie quickly atoned for the miscue, though, when he shot a two-out RBI double into left field in the 10th off Edward Mujica.
"I feel responsible for the inning like that," Lowrie said of the ninth. "You got an opportunity to get the lead runner right there and you know instead of having a guy on first with one out they've got first and third nobody out." More >
Making it close: Vogt's solo shot tied the game at 1 in the second and helped him break out of a 2-for-34 streak. Lawrie's blast in the fifth was measured at 452 feet and hit near the luxury suites in left-center, prompting a "Wow" from Melvin as Lawrie returned to the dugout. The A's tacked on two in the ninth, but couldn't rally once again in the 10th. More >
"That was a very impressive home run," the A's Ike Davis said of Lawrie's mammoth shot. "Him and Stephen, those balls were crushed."
"We needed that. If we ever needed a reminder on how hard it is to get wins -- and we've gotten a lot of them this year -- that's one of them. That's a tough one. But a much-needed win. I thought we played pretty well, pretty resilient. We were tested in every way and guys were into it. We needed to win that game." -- Hinch
"I thought it was a homer for sure. This park is weird sometimes. I thought it was a no-doubt home run." -- Davis, on Coco Crisp's deep fly in the ninth that would have won the game had it reached the fence
GOMEZ MAKES AMAZING GRAB
Flashing his Gold Glove skills, Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez made a long run in the fifth inning to track down a drive by the A's Eric Sogard and made an over-the-shoulder catch, sliding to the ground as he caught the ball. The play earned Gomez a round of applause from the A's fans.More >
HARRIS RELISHES FIRST SAVE
Astros reliever Will Harris picked up his first career save by throwing a perfect 10th, needing only nine pitches.
"I've been in tied games and stuff like that before in extra innings, but just happened to have the lead this time and wanted to throw strikes and did that for the most part," Harris said. "Good defense behind me. We needed that win. It was a lot of fun to come back like that."
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Oakland reliever Fernando Abad allowed his first run -- albeit an unearned one -- since July 8. He had gone 11 consecutive outings (11 2/3 innings) without yielding a run.
WHAT'S NEXT Astros: Ace Dallas Keuchel (13-5, 2.35 ERA) looks to extend his franchise record to 34 consecutive starts of at least six innings when he gets the ball in Friday's 9:05 p.m. CT game against the A's. Keuchel is second in the AL in innings (157 2/3) and is tied for first with teammate Collin McHugh in wins and is third in ERA (2.35).
A's: Sonny Gray (11-4, 2.12) takes the mound for Oakland in the battle of the aces Friday at 7:05 p.m. PT. Gray has compiled a 1.17 ERA and .205 opponents' batting average over his past three starts, but has just one win and two no-decisions during that span.