Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/14/13
As Chris Young’s shot soared through the air late Tuesday night sailing inches away from the left field foul pole the Astros nervously wondered if the Bellaire High graduate had tormented his hometown team yet again. “No!” Chris Carter said to himself. “Get foul get foul.” The umpires rightfully called the ball foul right away but Athletics manager Bob Melvin convinced the crew to review the call. Once the review was over rookie righthander Chia-Jen Lo fooled Young with an 0-2 curveball to seal the tense 5-4 victory. The Astros held on this time barely escaping by the slimmest margin before a crowd of 14261 in the opener of a three-game series at O.co Coliseum. Lo earned the four-out save to snap the Astros’ sixth season-high six-game losing streak of the season while righthander Jordan Lyles snapped a personal five-game losing streak with his first victory since June 18. “That was very nerve-wracking for me and a couple of guys in here” Lyles said. “But yeah it’s been a while for me personally. “It’s nice to come out here and get seven innings. I haven’t done that in a while also. Really just goes back to Jason (Castro) calling a great game and following his lead and pounding the ball down in the zone and overall attacking the zone and throwing the ball down in the strike zone.” Lyles (5-6) held the A’s to one run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts over seven innings. He exited with a 5-1 lead and then he waited nervously as the A’s threatened to come from behind with three runs off Josh Zeid in the eighth inning. Bartolo Colon (14-5) gave up five runs on seven hits and one walk with three strikeouts over four innings in the loss while tying his shortest outing of the season. Castro who attended Stanford and grew up in nearby Castro Valley got the Astros’ offense started with a leadoff walk in the second inning. One out later Matt Dominguez doubled to right-center field. Brandon Barnes then fouled off five consecutive 1-2 pitches before ripping a two-run double to left field giving the Astros a 2-0 lead. Robbie Grossman led off the third with an infield single to first taking advantage of Colon’s inability to cover first. Brett Wallace followed with a single to right. Grossman tagged over to third on Jose Altuve’s fly out to right and then scored on Castro’s sacrifice fly to left. Carter made it 4-0 with and RBI double off the left-center field wall.
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