OAKLAND -- The Astros won their ninth straight game played at the Coliseum on Wednesday night, using a sixth-inning rally and a strong start from right-hander Mike Fiers to beat the A's, 5-1.Fiers pitched six scoreless innings, before allowing a run without recording an out in the seventh. He allowed
OAKLAND -- The Astros won their ninth straight game played at the Coliseum on Wednesday night, using a sixth-inning rally and a strong start from right-hander Mike Fiers to beat the A's, 5-1.
Fiers pitched six scoreless innings, before allowing a run without recording an out in the seventh. He allowed three hits and three walks, struck out five and induced three double plays. The righty won for the fourth time in five starts, and has only allowed two earned runs in his last 20 1/3 innings.
"Just trusting my stuff, really," Fiers said. "I felt really good. Just needed to throw in the zone a little bit more. I was able to get back, get back to throwing a lot of strikes. Honestly, they did a good job of taking a lot of pitches, taking some close curveballs, working the count deep. … But overall, it was a good outing, and I'll take that every time."
The Astros scored three in the sixth on a two-run single from Evan Gattis and an RBI single by Jake Marisnick. Marisnick picked up another RBI with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Carlos Correa added a solo home run to center in the ninth.
"They're unbelievable. One through nine, you don't catch any breaks," A's starter Sean Manaea said. "They've got power, they've got speed. They're a really, really good ballclub, and they're playing really good baseball right now."
Manaea lost for the first time since May 15, giving up three runs on seven hits, including five in the sixth. He struck out eight and walked two over six innings.
• Manaea delivers another quality start, but falls
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Tag, you're out: The third double play Fiers induced came thanks to Correa. With runners on first and second and one out in the fifth, the shortstop -- playing in a shift -- caught the ball to the right of second base, tagged Josh Phegley and threw out Matt Joyce at first to end the inning, keeping the game scoreless.
"That's an easy play for him. Just coming in and tagging, and throwing it. I could have made that play," Fiers said with a laugh. "But yeah, it's a big confidence booster. Obviously, they were starting to get stuff going, first and second and one out. So I needed to make a big pitch." More >
Sweet singles: The Astros' offense came alive in the sixth, stroking five singles in a three-run inning. Gattis' single scored Jose Altuve and Correa with no outs, and Marisnick added on by knocking in Gattis with a two-out single to left.
"With the five singles in the inning, that continues to be the theme -- we can put together runs without the home run," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "That impressed me, that we just took what he gave us, hit the ball hard, got some good results and scored some runs."
"I don't think it's about the stadium. I think it's just about the team. We have a really good team, and we have a lot of confidence in the guys we have in this clubhouse. We just want to go out and win every single game. That's how we show up to the field, with the mentality of winning every single game." -- Correa, on the Astros' success at the Coliseum
"He's got a lot of pitches, there's a lot of deception involved. It can throw your timing off a little bit with his delivery. He's good. He didn't throw too many balls in the middle of the plate. When he's throwing strikes and he's got good command, he's tough to deal with." -- A's manager Bob Melvin, on Fiers
Astros: Houston will send right-hander David Paulino (1-0, 5.03 ERA) to the mound for Thursday's 2:35 p.m. CT series finale in Oakland. Paulino earned his first career win in his last start, tossing six innings of one-run ball against the Red Sox.
A's: Right-hander Jesse Hahn (3-4, 3.56 ERA) takes the mound at 12:35 p.m. PT on Thursday looking to help the A's avoid a sweep in the series finale. Hahn is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts since coming off the disabled list June 6 (right triceps strain).
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Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the A's on Wednesday.
Alex Espinoza is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the Astros on Wednesday.