Graveman, A's shut out Astros 

HOUSTON — Rookie Kendall Graveman pitched into the sixth inning and four relievers completed the shutout to give the A's a 4-0 win over the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

Graveman (1-1) yielded four hits in 5 1-3 innings for his first major league win to bounce back from his 2015 debut when he allowed eight runs in 3 1-3 innings. Eric O'Flaherty allowed one hit in 1 2-3 innings, Dan Otero gave up two in 2-3 innings and Fernando Abad retired one batter before Tyler Clippard finished it off in the ninth.

The Athletics were up by 1 in the sixth inning before an RBI double by Billy Butler that gave him the American League's only nine-game hitting streak. Stephen Vogt added a run with an RBI single later in the inning to make it 3-0.

Houston starter Brad Peacock (0-1) allowed five hits and three runs in five-plus innings after being activated from the disabled list on Tuesday. He made one rehabilitation start at Triple-A Fresno as he recovered from offseason hip surgery.

Houston out-hit Oakland 8 to 7, but the Astros couldn't push across any runs as they went 0-for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Sam Fuld, who finished with two doubles, hit his first one to lead off and scored on a one-out sacrifice fly by Ben Zobrist to make it 1-0.

Peacock pitched a 1-2-3 fifth before running into trouble in the sixth. He walked Zobrist to start the inning and was chased on the double to right field by Butler that made it 2-0.

Joe Thatcher took over and Vogt's single with one out sent Butler home to push the lead to 3-0.

Graveman walked George Springer with one out in the first before a single by Jed Lowrie. But he escaped the jam when Evan Gattis grounded into a double play.

Graveman pitched around a pair of walks in the second and plunked Lowrie with two outs in the third. But he retired Gattis to end that inning.

Luis Valbuena singled with no outs in the fourth for Houston's first hit since the first inning and Jason Castro singled with one out. Graveman settled down after that to sit down the next two batters and end the threat.

The Astros had runners at first and second with one out in the sixth when Graveman was replaced by O'Flaherty. He quickly ended the inning when Castro grounded into a double play.

Right fielder Josh Reddick robbed Gattis of a hit when he grabbed his fly ball on the warning track for the second out of the eighth inning. Valbuena and Carter hit consecutive singles after that, but they were left stranded when Reddick caught a long fly ball hit by Castro.

Reddick had an RBI single for the Athletics in the ninth inning.

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