OAKLAND -- Jesse Chavez tossed seven innings of one-run ball, Danny Valencia had a two-run double in the first inning and the A's held off the Astros for a 2-1 win on Saturday at the Coliseum.
"You gotta credit everything to [Chavez] today for getting us to the eighth," A's catcher Stephen Vogt said. "There was a time when we had a guy up in fifth, and he was able to throw two more innings after that. Credit him, he came out and threw as good as he's thrown in last month or so."
A's starters have now given up three earned runs in 23 innings so far in the first three games of this series (1.17 ERA).
Collin McHugh allowed two earned runs in six innings for Houston, striking out eight and throwing 121 pitches. The Astros have lost 13 of their last 15 games on the road.
The Astros, who have lost 13 of their last 15 games on the road, were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
"No frustration at all," said second baseman Jose Altuve, who went 2-for-5. "We know the things that we're able to do. We're going to come back tomorrow and try to do it. It's just two games [lost in a row]. It's not a reason to panic."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Leaving the game:Coco Crisp left Saturday's game after the second inning due to illness. A's manager Bob Melvin said Crisp felt nauseous and felt like he was going to pass out as a result of medication he's been taking. Crisp, who was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Tuesday, is recovering from a neck injury that kept him sidelined for more than two months. He walked and scored from first on Valencia's double in the first inning. More >
Bouncing back: Chavez allowed 13 earned runs over 11 2/3 innings in his previous three starts, but he responded convincingly against the Astros. The right-hander threw 106 pitches and struck out four, his lone blemish coming on a solo homer from Preston Tucker in the fourth.
"It feels real good," Chavez said. "It's a good confidence-builder after what happened last time. Something that I'll just go back to work on and build off of, find the things that put me in trouble a little bit early on that I can eliminate next time and I think that'll be helpful." More >
Early walks sink McHugh: McHugh was terrific after walking the first two batters he faced in the first inning. Unfortunately for him and the Astros, both Billy Burns and Crisp came around to score on Valencia's double. McHugh retired 17 of the final 22 batters he faced following those early walks. More >
"We didn't get into the game today. You don't think that the first inning is going to bite you when you hold them to two runs, you walk a couple of guys. But you're certainly frustrated when you feel like you could win these games, certainly on this road trip." -- Hinch, on his team's struggling offense
"Anywhere he goes, he's always gonna hit. I'm surprised we got him. He's got some pretty outrageous numbers to be [designated for assignment.]" -- Vogt, on Valencia
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Astros are 8-for-45 (.178) with runners in scoring position during their current road trip (1-5).
Edward Mujica picked up his first save of the season, and the A's recorded their first save as a team since July 11.
WHAT'S NEXT Astros: Mike Fiers (5-9, 4.17 ERA), who was originally scheduled to start Tuesday in Arlington against the Rangers before being forced into relief action on Monday, will start for the first time in a Houston uniform when the four-game series concludes at 3:05 p.m. CT on Sunday at O.co Coliseum.
Athletics:Chris Bassitt takes the mound for the A's on Sunday in pursuit of his second consecutive win in a 1:05 p.m. PT start. Bassitt hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his six starts this season, and he tossed seven scoreless innings in a win over the Orioles on Tuesday.
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Trevor Hass is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.