Evan Gattis’ RBI single in the eighth inning capped a three-run rally as the Astros beat the Oakland A’s 4-3 Wednesday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. With the win the Astros completed a three-game sweep of the A’s and moved within a game of Baltimore and Detroit in the AL Wildcard standings. (The Orioles fell to the Blue Jays 5-3 in Baltimore, while the Tigers beat the White Sox 3-2 in Detroit.)
The Astros have now won ten of twelve and will take Thursday off before starting a grueling road trip in Arlington against the first-place Rangers on Friday night. After three in the Metroplex, the ‘Stros head to Cleveland for four games against the Indians, who lead the AL Central. After seven against first-place teams on the road, the Astros return home to face the Cubs – who have the best record in baseball – and the Rangers.
George Springer started the scoring in the eighth by coming home on a wild pitch that allowed Alex Bregman to reach first base after striking out. MVP candidate Jose Altuve then tripled to deep center scoring Bregman. Gattis finished the scoring by driving home Altuve on a single to left field.
Michael Feliz struck out the side in the eighth to pick up the win. Ken Giles retired the A’s in order in the ninth to pick up his seventh save of the season.