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Astros drop game to A's to snap winning streak

Astros daily report presented by APG&E: A's 2, Astros 1

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Houston put their ten-game winning streak on the line on Wednesday night, looking to extend it to eleven by beating Oakland. Here's a quick recap of the game:

Final Score: A's 2, Astros 1

Record: 12-6, first in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Frankie Montas (3-1).

Losing pitcher: Wade Miley (1-2).

Star of the game: The lone highlight of the night for the Astros belonged to Michael Brantley, who knocked in the lone run for Houston on a single in the sixth inning.

Notes: Unlike the night before where Oakland went much of the game scoreless, the A's struck first on Wednesday night, getting an RBI-double off of Wade Miley to take an early 1-0 lead. They would hold on to that lead well into the game, holding the Astros to just one hit over the first five innings, until the top of the sixth when Michael Brantley tied the game with an RBI single. The A's took the lead right back in the top of the next inning, though, with a solo home run. With Miley's night over after allowing two runs over six innings, Will Harris took over in the bottom of the seventh and kept Houston within a run with a 1-2-3 inning. Brad Peacock was next out of the pen for the bottom of the eighth and worked around a one-out walk to send things to the ninth. The Astros would come up empty despite getting a few runners on, though, snapping their winning streak and splitting the two-game series in Oakland.

Up Next: Houston will get the day off tomorrow before starting a three-game series with the Rangers in Arlington on Friday night. First pitch will be at 7:05 PM and will feature Justin Verlander (2-0, 3.52 ERA) for the Astros versus Drew Smyly (0-1, 7.15 ERA).

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