It felt a lot like the MLB Playoffs were here on Tuesday as the Houston Astros took on the Oakland Athletics in a pair of games that came right down to the wire. In the first of the doubleheader, the A’s held off their visitors, winning 4-2. Ramon Laureano had an RBI single and scored a run and Khris Davis had a solo homer and a double in the sixth inning that helped them seal up the win.
In the night cap, with a chance to see their rivals lose a seventh consecutive game, however, they would come up short. The Astros would instead grab a 5-4 victory having fallen behind 4-0 after three frames. They got four of the runs in the top of the fourth inning, capitalizing on errant pitching, walks, and an unlikely infield single to even up the score. In the top of the seventh, the final inning, Luis Gurriel hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the eventual winning run. That stopped the bleeding a bit for the reeling Astros, putting them at 21-20 thus far. They are 4.5 games off the pace of the Athletics in the AL West at the moment, and despite time running short, they will have hopes of being able to catch their division rivals.