Tony Kemp homers, hits 2-run 2B as A’s beat streaking Astros

by | Jul 26, 2022 | Sports

OAKLAND, Calif. — Tony Kemp homered and hit a two-run double, Skye Bolt added a two-run shot, and the Oakland Athletics held off the red-hot Houston Astros 7-5 on Monday night.Elvis Andrus added an insurance RBI single in the eighth for Oakland before closer Lou Trivino surrendered a solo homer to Chas McCormick, then finished for his ninth save by striking out Jeremy Peña with runners on first and second.AL West-leading Houston took its first defeat after a 5-0 start since the All-Star break. The Astros are an AL-best 28-10 dating to June 12 and are now 32-17 against the AL West.Peña homered in the first for Houston before Kemp’s tying drive leading off the third against right-hander Jake Odorizzi (4-3), who had been 4-0 over his previous seven starts.Yordan Alvarez came home on a double-steal in the sixth and Peña doubled and scored on pitcher Domingo Acevedo’s throwing error on a pickoff attempt as Houston pulled within 6-4.A’s right-hander Adam Oller (1-3) struck out four over five innings, allowing four runs — three earned — on four hits.Oakland’s Chad Pinder made his third career start at first base and first since 2019.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: LF Michael Brantley, sidelined since June 27 with right shoulder discomfort, continues bas …

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