Melvin: 'That's one of the more frustrating losses of the year'
Bob Melvin was ejected for the fourth time this season and the 29th time in his managerial career. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
Former Athletic Chris Carter broke up a scoreless game in the seventh inning with a solo home run off Jarrod Parker. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
OAKLAND -- For the second time in as many nights, the A's appeared headed to a walk-off win courtesy of a Chris Young home run.
And for the second time in as many nights, Young was denied. Tuesday night, his shot down the left field line was inches foul. Wednesday night, he was robbed by a leaping Robbie Grossman, who hauled the ball back into play.
The A's, who won 11 of the first 12 meetings with the last-place Astros, dropped their second straight Houston, this time in 11 innings, 2-1.
The A's had the tying run on second base with none out in the 11th, but Alberto Callaspo popped out on a bunt attempt, Jed Lowrie struck out looking and Josh Reddick went down swinging, all against Josh Fields, who earned his second career save.
Houston scored its winning run off Sean Doolittle in the top of the inning on a one-out double off the wall in left-center by Carlos Corporan, that scored Jose Altuve from first when Young bobbled the ball.
Oakland (67-52) fell two games behind Texas, which beat Milwaukee, in the American League West.
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A's manager Bob Melvin was not around to see the end as he was ejected in the eighth inning, arguing Eric Sogard being called out at third base when he tried to tag up from second on Nate Freiman's fly out to center fielder Brandon Barnes. It was the fourth time Melvin has been tossed this season, the 29th time in his managerial career, per @sfgwire.
Starting pitching report
Jarrod Parker steadied the rotation, going a career-high 8 1/3 innings and allowing one run -- a seventh-inning home run to former teammate Chris Carter -- while scattering eight hits with six strikeouts and a walk. He threw 97 pitches, 66 strikes. Parker did not earn a decision, but he extended his unbeaten streak to 14 games, last losing on May 22.
Ryan Cook relieved Parker with one out and a man on first in the ninth and promptly struck out Carter before getting Matt Dominguez to ground out to second. Grant Balfour then struck out Brandon Barnes got L.J. Hoes to line out to right, surrendered a single to Jonathan Villar and got Robbie Grossman looking. Sean Doolittle (3-4) took the loss.
At the plate
Entering the seventh inning, the A's had only three hits. They ended up with seven hits, Eric Sogard contributing two doubles. The A's lone run was scored on Brandon Moss' seventh-inning double, driving in Yoenis Cespedes from first base. It was Moss' 54th RBI.
In the field
Shortstop Eric Sogard and second baseman Alberto Callaspo appeared to make a "Golden Greats" highlight play in the fifth inning. With Matt Dominguez at first, Brandon Barnes hit a grounder up the middle that Sogard fielded and glove-flipped to Callaspo, who took the ball bare-handed before throwing to first to get Barnes. But Callaspo did not have control of the ball as his left foot came off the bag and umpire Doug Eddings called Dominguez safe. Still, it was pretty.
The A's announced a crowd of 18,278 at the O.co Coliseum, more than four thousand greater than Tuesday night. How many Altuves is that?
Tweet o' da game
I liked him when he was with us. -- @momof2runges, on Houston DH Chris Carter, whose 22nd homer of the season gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning.
Sonny Gray (0-1, 1.80 ERA) will make his Oakland debut in his second career big league start. He took the loss Saturday in Toronto after giving up four runs, two earned, in six innings. The right hander has also made a pair of relief appearances for the A's. Left-hander Erik Bedard (3-8, 4.28) has faced the A's 12 times in his career and is 3-1 with a 3.49 ERA against them at the O.co Coliseum.