Marisnick scores on errant throw in 10th for 2-1 Astros win
HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros keep finding ways to win games late.
Jake Marisnick scored the winning run on an errant throw in the 10th inning as the Astros rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
The walk-off win was the Astros' eighth of the season, third against the A's and second of the series, including Friday's 10-9 victory.
''We seem to be full of those lately,'' Marisnick said. ''It's a nod to this team and how we don't give up.''
Marisnick led off the 10th with a single off Liam Hendricks (0-2) and stole second on George Springer's strikeout before reaching third on a groundout by Marwin Gonzalez.
After Jose Altuve was intentionally walked, Marisnick scored on Carlos Correa's chopper to third that Danny Valencia threw up the line to first as Yonder Alonso's attempted tag missed Correa.
''We know we have a good team, and we can score runs at any time, so we have to put good at-bats together and the runs will come,'' Correa said.
The error was the A's season-high fourth of the game. The A's had not made an error in a franchise-record 15 straight games entering Sunday.
''He'll tell you that it's a play he expects to make,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''You don't win many games with four errors, yet we got one pitch away from winning the game. The first ones didn't cost us, but the last one did.''
Will Harris (1-1) pitched a perfect 10th for the win.
''I like the fact that we stay resilient and we compete the whole game,'' Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. ''We took advantage of a couple mistakes to walk out of here with a win at the break.''
Evan Gattis hit an RBI double with two outs in the ninth off Ryan Madson to tie it at 1.
''These guys have battled me for years,'' Madson said. ''A lot of times they find a way.''
Marcus Semien gave the A's a 1-0 lead on an RBI single in the sixth. Matt McBride started the inning with a single and moved to second on Coco Crisp's sacrifice bunt before Semien's single.
Sean Manaea scattered five hits with six strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Manaea had struggled away from Oakland, going 0-3 with an 11.66 ERA in three starts entering Sunday.
Dallas Keuchel allowed one run on four hits with five strikeouts in seven innings. The left-hander continued his recent string of good outings and has allowed three runs or less in four of his last five starts.
''I'm feeling better,'' Keuchel said. ''It's good to get the break like that. I'm just trying to follow in the footsteps of the other starters, and that's a good thing to see when we are getting starts out of the starters and getting timely offense.''
Athletics: 2B Eric Sogard (left knee surgery) will start to do more baseball activity after the All Star break, Melvin said. LHP Sean Doolittle, who has been on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder strain since late June, hasn't thrown yet, but is feeling better, Melvin said.
Astros: OF Colby Rasmus was out of the lineup for a third straight day with an ear infection. ... RHP Scott Feldman was day-to-day after leaving Saturday's game in the ninth due to back stiffness. Hinch said Feldman would not have been available for Sunday's game anyways due to throwing 52 pitches Saturday.
SHOWING OFF THE SPEED
Gattis had his first career steal in the second. Gattis took off for second and went in without a throw as Danny Worth was called out on strikes. Gattis had only one other stolen base attempt in his career, a caught stealing on July 23, 2015, against Boston.
Athletics: LHP Rich Hill (9-3, 2.25 ERA) is scheduled to start the first game back from the All-Star break Friday against Toronto. Hill has a six-game winning streak and has allowed three runs or less in each of his last 12 starts.
Astros: RHP Doug Fister (8-6, 3.55) is scheduled to start the first game back from the All-Star break Friday in Seattle. Fister will be looking to end a three-game losing streak.