A’s rally for six runs in ninth to beat Astros 

click to enlarge Brandon Moss
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  • Brandon Moss, left, celebrates with A’s teammate Yoenis Cespedes after scoring on Josh Donaldson’s ninth-innning double. Moss drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth.
HOUSTON — Slumping Brandon Moss hit a go-ahead single during a six-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Oakland Athletics over the Houston Astros 7-4 Tuesday night.

Josh Reddick homered for the AL West-leading A’s and Yoenis Cespedes had three hits, including two doubles.

Oakland trailed 4-1 in the ninth before pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo had a two-run single off closer Chad Qualls (1-2).

After Houston couldn’t turn a potential game-ending double play on John Jaso’s grounder, Jed Lowrie walked and Cespedes tied it with a single.

Moss ended an 0-for-14 rut with an RBI single off Tony Sipp and then Josh Donaldson hit a two-run double off Jose Veras.

Evan Scribner (1-0) got the win and Sean Doolittle pitched the ninth for his 16th save.

Marwin Gonzalez homered off the left-field foul pole in the first to give the Astros a 1-0 lead. Kike Hernandez had an RBI triple as part of a two-run fifth and an RBI double in seventh to give the Astros the 4-1 lead.

Astros starter Scott Feldman allowed one run and five hits in seven innings. He rebounded after one of his worst outings of the season Thursday at Oakland in which he gave up six runs in 5 1-3 innings.

A’s starter Jeff Samardzija gave up four runs and six hits with seven strikeouts in 6 2-3 innings.

NOTES: A’s outfielder Coco Crisp, who has missed the last two games with a neck strain, had an MRI done on his neck Monday. The exam showed no changes, A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ... Astros outfielder George Springer, who has been on the disabled list since July 20 with a right quad strain, took batting practice Tuesday. “It’s big to be out here and just to get some swings,” Springer said.

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