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J.B. Wendelken (1-0), who worked three innings and allowed one unearned run, got the win.
The anticipated pitching duel between Astros right-hander Zack Greinke and A’s righty Chris Bassitt didn’t disappoint.
Greinke, who owns an 8-2 lifetime record against the A’s, left with a 1-0 lead after six innings. He pitched into and out of trouble, including getting a double-play grounder with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and stranding Ramon Laureano at third after an inning-opening triple in the sixth.
He allowed five hits and one walk while striking out five.
Houston scored the game’s first run against Bassitt in the third when Martin Maldonado drew a one-out walk, took second on a wild pitch and coasted home on a double by Kyle Tucker.
Bassitt, who entered the game with a 0.93 ERA, allowed just two other hits — and no other runs — in seven innings. He walked three and struck out three.
The A’s got even two batters after Greinke left the game when Grossman smacked a solo home run off Josh James with one out in the seventh. The homer was Grossman’s first of the season.
Semien and Matt Chapman had two hits apiece for the A’s.
J.J. Reddick singled twice for the Astros, who fell to 3-4 on their nine-game trip.
The A’s out-hit Houston 10-7.
–Field Level Media