Crisp's homer helps Oakland rally past Astros to win series 

HOUSTON — The A's weren't concerned when they were down by two runs entering the seventh inning on Wednesday against the Houston Astros.

They hit three homers after the seventh inning in the first two games of the series combined and saw no reason their late flashes of power would stop in this one.

Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer in Oakland's three-run seventh inning to help the A's to a 4-3 win over the Astros on Wednesday.

"What it does is it gives us the confidence that we can come back," manager Bob Melvin said of the late homers. "And then we know that when we get a guy on base we're one hit away from being in a better position than we were."

The A's trailed by two before an RBI double by Eric Sogard with one out cut the deficit to 3-2 and chased starter Bud Norris. Crisp launched his home run off Travis Blackley (1-1) to the Crawford Boxes in left field to put Oakland on top.

"I don't think we rely on home runs, we just got up there and battle," Crisp said. "It just so happens that's how this series broke down. We just go out there and battle and try to manufacture runs in any way that we can."

John Jaso had a solo homer in the first inning for the A's, who have won 11 of 12 against Houston this season. It was the 21st win for Oakland in a one-run game which is the most in the American League.

A.J. Griffin (9-7) allowed six hits and three runs and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings for the win.

"I felt like I had the best stuff I've had this year," he said.

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