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A's score seven in ninth inning to beat Astros 12-5

By Victoria Advocate
April 25, 2014 at 11:05 p.m.
Updated April 25, 2014 at 11:26 p.m.

Houston Astros manager Bo Porter, left, argues with home plate umpire Jordan Baker after the Astros' Jason Castro was hit by a pitch in the ninth inning of Friday night's game. Oakland won 12-5.

HOUSTON - Daric Barton and Josh Donaldson had two RBIs apiece in a seven-run ninth inning to help the Oakland Athletics to a 12-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

The game was tied at 5 when Josh Fields (0-2) plunked Brandon Moss before back-to-back singles by Alberto Callaspo and Craig Gentry loaded the bases.

Barton's sharply hit grounder bounced off Jose Altuve's glove and into right field to send two home. Rookie George Springer's error on that play allowed a third run to score, sending the few fans left filing to the exits.

Donaldson, who homered twice on Thursday night, connected again on Friday with a shot off Anthony Bass to the Crawford Boxes in left field to make it 12-5.

Jed Lowrie had two hits and two RBIs to help the A's improve to 5-0 against Houston this season and 25-5 against the Astros all-time.

Altuve had three hits and drove in a run for Houston, which has lost 10 of its last 12 games and allowed 22 runs in the first two games of this four-game series.

Chris Carter hit a leadoff double in the eighth inning, but Luke Gregerson (1-1) retired the next three Astros to end the threat.

Former Astro Fernando Abad hit Jason Castro on the backside with a pitch with one out in the ninth inning. Castro jawed with catcher Derek Norris before heading to first base. Houston manager Bo Porter darted out of the dugout and began yelling at plate umpire Jordan Baker and was ejected.

Castro's plunking came after Lowrie accused Houston of intentionally hitting him with a pitch Thursday night for an incident in the last series between these teams when the Astros were miffed after he attempted a bunt with a seven-run lead in the first inning.

The A's put up four runs in the second inning and extended the lead to 5-1 in the fourth. Houston answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to tie it up.

Jesse Chavez had his first tough outing of the season, allowing a career-high eight hits with five runs - four earned - in five innings. He entered having allowed just one earned run in each of his four starts and had a 1.38 ERA.

Houston starter Brad Peacock yielded five hits and five runs, including three earned, with a career-most six walks in five innings.

Mariners 6, Rangers 5

SEATTLE - Robinson Cano hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, Justin Smoak had a two-run double in the eighth and the Seattle Mariners won consecutive games for the first time since the opening week of the season with a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

Cano's double was the only time the Mariners got to Texas starter Robbie Ross Jr., but they battered reliever Neal Cotts (1-2) in the eighth inning, scoring four times to end the Rangers' win streak at three games.

With no outs and the bases loaded, Smoak avoided the temptation of two inside pitches from Cotts and worked the count full. He lined a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line and just out of the reach of Michael Choice, allowing Cano and pinch-runner Michael Saunders to score the go-ahead runs.

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