Originally posted on BaySportsNet  |  Last updated 7/24/13
Tuesday night’s game between the Oakland A’s and Houston Astros seemed almost destined to become the A’s first loss to Houston on the season – and that’s what happened, as the Astros pulled out a 5-4 win in the bottom of the ninth, ending Grant Balfour’s consecutive saves streak in the process. Against rookie Jarred Cosart, the A’s picked up a run in the first thanks to a fielding error by Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez, scoring Jed Lowrie (who had reached on a single). Jarrod Parker quickly gave up a run of his own in the bottom, as consecutive hits from Jonathan Villar, Jose Altuve and Jason Castro tied the game at 1-1. Parker recovered to end the inning without any further scoring. Oakland picked up another run in the third, as a Brandon Moss double play brought home Coco Crisp – but, just as they did in the first inning, the A’s probably should have done some more damage in the inning than they did. Jose Altuve re-tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, as his sac fly sco...
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