Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 8, Rockies 2

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Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 8, Rockies 2

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The A's extended the Colorado Rockies' losing streak to eight games, with a three-game sweep, winning 8-2 on Thursday. The A's offense erupted for 26 runs in the Rocky Mountains, and did so hitting nine home runs. They haven't hit that many homers in a three-game series since 2002, against the White Sox in Oakland. At the PlateThe A's hitters got on base in the first seven innings. They were able to knock out Rockies starting pitcher Alex White after four innings. He allowed four runs, only two were earned. Brandon Moss hit his fifth home run since joining the A's in the ninth inning. He also hit two doubles, finishing the day 3-for-5 with three RBIs. His second double in the game drove in two runs, making it 4-0. He now has eight hits this season, seven of them are extra-base hits. After Moss' first double, he came around to score along with Kurt Suzuki, when Rockies first baseman Tyler Colvin couldn't handle throw from third baseman Jordan Pacheco.In the eighth inning, Josh Reddick hit a home run into the second deck in right field, giving the A's a 5-0 lead. He hit 10 homers in the month of May, and hadn't hit one in June until Thursday. Reddick leads the team with 15 home runs. Coco Crisp also hit a one-run single to make it a 7-0 game in the ninth inning. Cliff Pennington drove in the A's eighth run with an RBI groundout.The A's loaded the bases in the fourth inning with one out, but Brandon Inge grounded into an inning-ending double play. In the sixth, the A's loaded them again but Inge flew out to left field.Starting Pitching ReportEntering Thursday's contest, A's starting pitchers were 1-2 with a 9.89 ERA over the last five games. Jarrod Parker stopped the skid, throwing seven shutout innings. He allowed three hits, and struck out six hitters. He was in complete control on the mound in a tough park for pitchers. He ended up throwing 89 pitches, 60 of them were strikes. Parker didn't allow a walk or a runner to reach second base until the sixth inning. In that frame, he got Marco Scutaro to ground out, and he struck out Carlos Gonzalez swinging to escape the jam. The former A's prospect, Gonzalez went 2-for-8 in the series. He didn't play on Wednesday. Bullpen ReportGrant Balfour pitched a perfect eighth inning in relief. Brian Fuentes pitched the ninth inning, allowing a homer to former Athletic Marco Scutaro. He also gave up an RBI-double to Tyler Colvin.In the FieldSuzuki made the most of a bad situation when one of Parker's pitches bounced in the dirt and off his chest guard; he was able to track down the ball a couple feet to his left and gun down Pacheco as he tried to advance to second.Up NextThe A's have concluded their road stretch of interleague play. They return home for nine games, starting with a three-game set with the Padres. The Dodgers and Giants follow.Travis Blackley (0-2, 4.97 ERA) will take the mound for the A's. He will be opposed by Anthony Bass (2-6, 4.38 ERA), who will be the starting pitcher for the Padres.

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

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

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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