HOUSTON, Tex. -- A's center fielder Coco Crisp led off the game with a home run and added not one, but two doubles in the fifth inning, when the A's sent 13 batters to the plate. His day was almost cut short when he made a diving attempt on a Chris Carter single in the first inning.
Crisp missed the ball and landed hard on his stomach and chest. The attempt tweaked his back a bit. He stayed in the game and finished the day 3 for 5 with two runs and three RBI.
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"I was fine, I did my showboat jump up and then it just grabbed on me," Crisp said. "I had to take a knee, but it kind of loosened up as the game went a long."
Crisp said he got work done on it during the game. Afterward he iced it. He thinks he'll be fine for Saturday's game.
The Twitter world was abuzz in the third inning when Jose Altuve reached base with a single. As the 5'5" second baseman stood next to 6'8" A's first baseman Nate Freiman, it looked like a little leaguer had wondered onto the field.
Undeterred by his height, Altuve robbed Crisp of what could have been his fourth hit of the day with a leaping catch in the seventh inning.
"Tallest guy in the league at second base," Crisp said with a laugh.
During the game a debate apparently broke out amongst the A's about whether or not third base coach Mike Gallego was taller than Altuve. Gallego is listed at 5'8" so he might have him.
A's starting pitcher Dan Straily exchanged text messages with Astros starting pitcher Brad Peacock before the game. They were teammates on the Sacramento River Cats last season. Also on that team was Carter.
Before the game, Carter said he was excited too see his former teammates and that he had been looking forward to this game.
"I'm pretty sure he smiled at me when he got that first hit," Straily said.
Straily got the last laugh, however. He struck out Carter in the sixth inning on three pitches, finishing him off with a slider.
The A's have now won three games in a row, and will welcome Bartolo Colon back into the rotation on Saturday.