08/18 19:26 CDT Greinke gets 200th win, pitches Astros past A's 4-1
Greinke gets 200th win, pitches Astros past A's 4-1
By JANIE McCAULEY
AP Baseball Writer
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) --- After earning his 200th win, Zack Greinke hopes he's
on his way to even bigger achievements with the Houston Astros this season.
Greinke reached the milestone with seven smooth innings Sunday, pitching the
first-place Astros past the Oakland Athletics 4-1 to avoid a four-game sweep.
Alex Bregman had a three-run homer among his four hits to back Greinke, who won
his third straight start since joining Houston from the Arizona Diamondbacks at
the July 31 trade deadline to make the Astros a World Series favorite.
"Wins are good. You look back at the end of the year and the team wins a lot
and you win a lot, you can't ask for much more than that," Greinke said. "I
wouldn't say there's many pitchers that would say that that's the No. 1 most
important stat for them, but if you and the team are winning, it's the most
important. It doesn't necessarily say you're pitching the best, but it's the
Greinke (13-4) went nine up, nine down on 25 pitches to start the game before
giving up Marcus Semien's 21st homer --- two days after Semien doubled to break
up a perfect game bid by Justin Verlander.
Greinke allowed four hits with three walks and six strikeouts. He became the
115th pitcher in major league history to reach 200 career wins, and the second
in Houston's rotation along with Verlander.
"He can throw anything in any count. His range is anything from like 66 to 92
mph, which is incredible," A's starter Brett Anderson said. "He's a Hall of
Famer in my book."
Yuli Gurriel added an RBI double in the sixth for undermanned Houston, which
had a two-man bench but snapped Oakland's four-game winning streak. The Astros
went back ahead of the A's by 7 1/2 games in the AL West race.
Anderson (10-9) exited in the sixth because of a blister on his pitching hand.
"I don't think it'll be a problem for his next start," manager Bob Melvin said.
The left-hander allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings, struck out
three and walked four in losing his second straight start and fourth in five.
Oakland saw its home winning streak end at six games, matching the club's
season high. One more win will clinch a winning record at the Coliseum for a
third consecutive season.
Fill-in right fielder Chad Pinder threw out Jose Altuve at home plate in the
first after he reached on a two-base throwing error by Anderson.
Bregman homered in the fifth, singled in the first and ninth, doubled in the
fourth and drew an 11-pitch walk in the seventh from Jake Diekman.
Roberto Osuna finished for his 27th save.
AGAINST THE AL WEST
The A's also had a five-game winning streak against division opponents snapped,
their longest vs. the AL West all season.
Not that Melvin is busy scoreboard watching yet at this relatively early stage
--- neither the division race nor the wild-card standings.
"I think that's a personal thing. I don't look at either right now," Melvin
said. "We're just trying to win as many games as we can. We know we're quite a
bit behind these guys, so every game we can win against them gets us a little
bit closer. We're still in August. It's not until a little bit later in
September 'til I start focusing on kind of where we are as far as the division
and the wild card. Things flip around pretty quickly."
Astros: Placed INF Aledmys Daz on the injured list after he began experiencing
lightheadedness and dizziness on the team bus Saturday. All tests at a hospital
came back fine. The Astros were hopeful he would rejoin the club to fly home
with the team. ... RHP Cy Sneed was recalled to take Diaz's spot on the 25-man
roster, never leaving the Bay Area after he had been optioned to Triple-A Round
Rock on Saturday. ... RHP Brad Peacock (right shoulder) was activated from the
injured list. ... While the Astros are listing TBA for their Thursday starter,
they remain hopeful of Gerrit Cole making his next start after being scratched
last Tuesday with discomfort in his right hamstring.
Athletics: RF Stephen Piscotty sat out a day after rolling his right ankle
sliding into second base to get back safely on a pickoff attempt in the
seventh. Melvin hopes Piscotty will be ready to return Tuesday after the team's
day off Monday. ... Slumping slugger Khris Davis, the 2018 major league home
run leader who is in an 0-for-13 funk, got a day off. Melvin wanted to get
Jurickson Profar some at-bats at DH. ... CF Ramon Laureano, on the injured list
with a stress reaction in his right shin, is closer to running again --- but
not yet every day. He has done everything in his rehab but run so far. ... LHP
Sean Manaea was scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Las Vegas, moving another step
closer to returning for the first time since shoulder surgery last September.
He was set to throw upward of about 100 pitches.
Astros: LHP Wade Miley (11-4, 3.11 ERA) looks to win his sixth straight
decision over 11 starts since his last loss June 17 at Cincinnati as Houston
returns home to host Detroit.
Athletics: After the day off, 10-game winner Homer Bailey pitches the series
opener at home against the New York Yankees on Tuesday night. He won 6-1 with
the Royals in New York on April 18.
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