A's lineup: Welcome back Coco Crisp

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A's lineup: Welcome back Coco Crisp

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OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp is back.

Crisp is in the starting lineup for the first time since Sept. 18, the opener of the A's 10-game road trip. Without him, the A's managed a 4-5 record in hostile territory.

Sidelined by pink eye and a subsequent infection, Crisp pinch ran twice on the A's road trip, and swiped bags each time.

The A's delayed announcing their lineups until after batting practice to make sure he was ready. Crisp hit the ball sharply from both sides of the plate, and put one out onto the steps in left field from the right side.

Behind Crisp, Brandon Moss moves up to the cleanup spot after a home run Thursday extending his hitting streak to eight games. And Josh Reddick moves up to the five spot after snapping out of his 0-for-30 slump with four hits and two home runs in his last two games.

"That was difficult for him," Melvin said of Reddick's skid. "And we felt it too because he means so much to us. He seems to be back swinging the bat in the fashion that he did earlier."

It's a day off for Chris Carter, as Seth Smith assumes the designated hitting responsibilities. Smith is 1-for-his-last-16, all on the road. A return to the Coliseum could be just what he needs.

"Anytime you're at home and you have that (fan support) on your side, it's definitely an advantage," Smith said.

"It's always good to feel the fans supporting us."

Tonight's lineups, as announced by managers Bob Melvin and Eric Wedge.

A's
1. Coco Crisp (S) CF
2. Stephen Drew (L) SS
3. Yoenis Cespedes (R) LF
4. Brandon Moss (L) 1B
5. Josh Reddick (L) RF
6. Josh Donaldson (R) 3B
7. Seth Smith (L) DH
8. George Kottaras (L) C
9. Cliff Pennington (S) 2B

Mariners
1. Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
2. Casper Wells (R) RF
3. Kyle Seager (L) 3B
4. Jesus Montero (R) DH
5. John Jaso (L) C
6. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
7. Michael Saunders (L) CF
8. Trayvon Robinson (S) LF
9. Brendan Ryan (R) SS

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