A's lineup: Cespedes in, Gomes back

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A's lineup: Cespedes in, Gomes back

OAKLAND -- Here is the A's lineup for Tuesday against the Texas Rangers.The Lineup CardWeeks 2B
Cowgill LF
Reddick RF
Cespedes CF
Inge 3B
Gomes DH
Ka'aihue 1B
Suzuki C
Rosales SS
Instant AnalysisJonny Gomes returns to the lineup as the DH. He hasn't started a game since May 30. He came in as a defensive replacement last night after Yoenis Cespedes felt some knee pain. It is also interesting to note that yet again, Coco Crisp is riding the pine with Cespedes in center field. Yesterday A's manager Bob Melvin said that he was playing the hot hand with Cowgill. He insisted that Crisp is still a big part of this team. Top of the OrderJemile Weeks appears to be recovered from the injury scare on Saturday. Collin Cowgill now has a seven-game hitting streak. Cowgill is being given a chance to succeed with the A's, and he is rewarding them for their loyalty thus far. Heart of the OrderJosh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes are in their familiar three and four spots in the lineup. It is a good sign to see Cespedes back in the lineup, because around these parts injuries tend to result in the worst-case scenario. Both Melvin and Cespedes said after Monday's game that he should be OK, after experiencing left-knee pain. Bottom of the OrderAdam Rosales is starting at shortstop over Cliff Pennington. It is a mild surprise because Pennington broke out of a 0 for 29 slump on Monday. He was 2 for 4 with a single and an RBI double.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's loss despite five home runs

BOX SCORE

Hit five home runs, and a team has to like its chances of winning.

The A’s simply couldn’t keep up with the Houston Astros’ bats, however, in an 11-8 loss Wednesday night that snapped Oakland’s four-game winning streak. Khris Davis went deep twice, and Ryon Healy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson all went deep as the A’s set their season high for home runs.

But Houston racked up 17 hits against Jesse Hahn (3-6) and four relievers and evened this three-game series at a game apiece. It was the second time Hahn has gotten knocked around by Houston inside of a week.

The A’s took an early lead, 5-4, in the third on the second of Davis’ two homers, part of a four-run rally for Oakland. But the Astros answered right back with five runs in the bottom half, and the A’s never recovered from that momentum swing.

Hahn’s struggles continue: Hahn was trying to rebound after the Astros hung nine earned runs on him last Thursday at the Coliseum. Things didn’t improve Wednesday at Minute Maid Park, as the right-hander lasted just two-plus innings and allowed six runs on nine hits. Is this a case of one team simply having Hahn’s number or do the A’s make a move and try someone else in the rotation? It bears watching.

Krush Davis x 2: It was apparent early this would be a slugfest, with Khris Davis homering twice within the first three innings as the A’s tried to keep pace. He led off the second with a shot to left field, then came back with a three-run blast to left in the third that put Oakland up 5-4. The homers were his team-leading 20th and 21st.

Reddick-ulous night: Josh Reddick filled up the stat sheet against his old team in every way imaginable. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs, and twice caught the A’s by surprise by stealing third base. For good measure, he turned in an excellent running catch in right field to rob Yonder Alonso.

Strange offensive night: What to make of this night offensively for the A’s? They hit a season-high five homers but also struck out a whopping 17 times. No matter … you can’t hang this one on the offense, because …

The pitching staff just couldn’t hold things down: Josh Smith was called upon to hold down the fort after Hahn departed in the third, but Smith was tagged for three runs on four hits. Daniel Coulombe and John Axford also got touched for runs. Rookie Michael Brady did turn in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

A's lineup: In rare move, Melvin makes no changes vs Astros

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After winning their fourth straight game on Tuesday, the A's are trotting out the same lineup Wednesday against the Astros.

Oakland A's:
1. Matt Joyce (L) LF
2. Matt Olson (L) RF
3. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
4. Khris Davis (R) DH
5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Ryon Healy (R) 3B
7. Bruce Maxwell (L) C
8. Franklin Barreto (R) SS
9. Jaycob Brugman (L) CF
Jesse Hahn -- RHP

Houston Astros:
1. George Springer (R) CF
2. Josh Reddick (L) RF
3. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
4. Carlos Correa (R) SS
5. Brian McCann (L) C
6. Carlos Beltran (S) DH
7. Marwin Gonzalez (S) 3B
8. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
9. Norichika Aoki (L) LF
David Paulino -- RHP