One night after misplaying a fly

  • Astros , Nick Martini quickly got over his miscue and came up with another big hit against Houston.Martini hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics defeated Houston 4-3 Tuesday night, snapping the Astros’ six-game winning streak.The A’s moved within 1 ½ games of the AL West-leading Astros.“That’s a great team win,” Edwin Jackson said. “It’s a big win for us. It’s no secret we needed to come out today and get a win after (Monday’s) game.”Ramon Laureano drew a one-out walk from Roberto Osuna (1-2), Jonathan Lucroy singled and Martini followed with his double.“My mindset was hopefully he tried to get ahead with something early,” Martini said. “I didn’t want to fall behind. I was fortunate he put one in the zone, and I put a good swing on it.”Osuna said he was trying to go up and in but he missed down the middle. He was most disappointed in the walk to Laureano.“That never happened in the past, to walk a guy with four straight balls like that,” Osuna said.Martini misplayed a fly ball by Josh Reddick and then overthrew second in the eighth inning of Monday’s 11-4 win by the Astros.“Like I said yesterday, just get over it pretty quick,” Martini said. “You know what happened. I can’t change it. I wish I would have made that play, but I think that will happen a lot less than it will actually happen. I forgot about it today and came to the park and just tried to have a good approach.”Martini also hit a tying RBI double in the ninth against Houston on Aug. 17.“He’s come up with some big hits for us,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “And beat the shift — he did it last time here, too. Hit a ball to center field like that. He’s got a pretty good idea at times when he needs to start his bat a little bit earlier.”Jeurys Familia (8-4) pitched a scoreless eighth. Blake Treinen worked a perfect ninth for his 33rd save. Oakland’s bullpen threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings.“Their backend is as good as anybody’s,” Houston manager AJ Hinch said. “They get the lead, they come in and they’re tough to hit, which is one way they win. They don’t win if they don’t score. Three of their four runs were either walk or hit by pitch Craig Gentry Jersey , so they took advantage of their opportunities.”Alex Bregman’s two-out, two-run double in the Houston fifth off Edwin Jackson made it 3-all.Matt Olson hit a three-run homer that gave Oakland a 3-1 lead in the third. Charlie Morton walked Jed Lowrie and hit Khris Davis with two outs before Olson’s 24th home run of the season.Houston took a 1-0 lead in the second on a groundout by Tyler White, scoring Carlos Correa.Morton allowed three runs on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.Jackson gave up two earned runs and four hits with four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.SPRING IN HIS STEPAstros CF George Springer made two diving catches in the first three innings. He sprinted in on Davis’ shallow pop fly, diving forward to make the catch and end the first. In the third, Springer rushed to his right, diving into the left-center gap to rob Martini of extra bases.TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: LHP Sean Manaea was diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis, and Melvin said Manaea would not throw for “a while.” Melvin said: “We’re hoping to get him back sometime this season. … Whether that happens or not, I’m not sure.” … LHP Brett Anderson was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left forearm. Oakland recalled RHP Ryan Dull from Triple-A Nashville.Astros: C Brian McCann (right knee) took batting practice before Tuesday’s game. The team is leaning toward waiting until Saturday to activate him.UP NEXTAthletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (5-3, 3.44 ERA) will start the series finale Wednesday, looking to rebound after allowing five runs in five innings in his last outing, a loss at the Twins on Thursday. Cahill is 1-3 with a 6.92 ERA on the road this season.Astros: LHP Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.54) starts Wednesday seeking his second straight win after allowing two runs over seven innings in his last start Friday at the Angels. MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have never seen this side of Jason Heyward.The way this season has been going, they were due for a pleasant surprise.Heyward hit two home runs for his first multihomer game in a Cubs uniform, and Victor Caratini and Javier Baez also went deep as Chicago snapped a six-game skid with a 14-8 victory over the Brewers on Saturday night.Heyward’s last multihomer game was on Aug. 16, 2015 for St. Louis against Miami, a season before he signed a $184 million Andrew Cashner Jersey , eight-year contract with Chicago.“It was a great day,” Heyward said. “It’s good to be a part of the offense. A lot of guys out there fighting their tails off and looking for a result to help the team win. It was good to contribute to that.”The Cubs struggles have been more about pitching, of course, and starter Cole Hamels provided the kind of stability Chicago had in mind when it picked up the veteran left-hander’s $20 million option this offseason.Hamels gave the Cubs six innings, holding Milwaukee’s offense to two runs and six hits while striking out five.“Cole was outstanding,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.Hamels (1-0) labored early, throwing 51 pitches over the first two innings, but he mostly cruised through the next four innings, retiring 12 of his final 14 batters. He limited the damage, stranding two by striking out Christian Yelich to end the second. He also got Lorenzo Cain to chase a changeup that would have been ball four with two on and two out in the fourth.“I was able to go a little bit deeper in the pitch count for early in the season,” Hamels said. “I know they’ll be some times when I’ll get a breather when we are rolling.”Chicago improved to 2-6 with its first win since opening day. The front office revamped a struggling bullpen earlier Saturday, demoting right-hander Carl Edwards Jr. to Triple-A and putting lefty Mike Montgomery on the 10-day injured list. Kyle Ryan and Allen Webster were called up to replace them but didn’t fare well. Ryan allowed two baserunners while getting two outs to start the seventh, and Webster followed and allowed a three-run homer to Ryan Braun.Brewers starter Corbin Burnes (0-1) struck out six but gave up six hits and three walks.Braun had three RBIs for Milwaukee. Cain and Eric Thames also went deep.ROCKY START FOR BURNESBurnes allowed just four home runs in 38 innings as a rookie last season but has given up three in each of this first two starts in 2019. He’s the first Brewers pitcher to allow at least three home runs in consecutive starts since Jason Bere in 2000.“He has not been a homer-prone pitcher in the minor leagues and wasn’t in the big leagues last year,” Counsell said. “We’re going to have to work on that. It’s a little puzzling.”EDWARDS DEMOTEDEdwards was rocked in his first four outings, allowing six earned runs over 1 2/3 innings of work. Eight of the 13 batters he’s faced have reached safely.“He’s done such great work for us,” Maddon said. “We’ve got to get him back right.”NO WORRIES FOR MADDONWith a 1-6 record coming into the game and no contract beyond this season Chance Sisco Jersey , Maddon said he wasn’t worried about his job status.“The last four years have been pretty good,” he said. “If I have to rely on a week’s worth of baseball games, that’s a bad process. I’m willing to shoulder the blame, but I really have zero concern.”Chicago is 389-267 under Maddon, who has led the Cubs to the postseason in each of his first four seasons. HIs .592 winning percentage is the third-highest in franchise history, behind Frank Chance (1905-1912) and Al Spaulding, who led the Cubs in 1876-77.TRAINER’S ROOMCubs: Montgomery has a strained left lat muscle. After missing most of spring training with shoulder soreness, Montgomery made four appearances this season, posting a 16.88 ERA in 2 2/3 innings of work.Brewers: RHP Jeremy Jeffress could be back with the Brewers sometime during their next homestand. Jeffress has been sidelined with shoulder soreness since his first and only spring training outing but felt good after allowing two runs over 1 1/3 innings for Triple-A San Antonio on Friday night.UP NEXTAfter holding the Reds to two runs over five innings in his 2019 debut, RHP Zach Davies (0-0, 3.60) gets the series finale against Chicago. He’ll go up against Cubs RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-1, 4.15 ERA).