OAKLAND — Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Oakland Athletics edge the Houston Astros 2-1 on Saturday.
Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie homered as the A's won for the seventh time in nine games to remain on top of the AL West. They began the day with a half-game lead over Texas.
Straily (9-7) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked one in his third consecutive victory. The right-hander has a 1.50 ERA over 18 innings during his winning streak.
Dan Otero allowed a run in the eighth, but Sean Doolittle got four outs for his first save in four chances, completing the five-hitter.
Brandon Barnes had a run-scoring fielder's choice for Houston's only run. The major league-worst Astros have dropped nine of 12.