A's fall to Astros 3-2

  • Houston Astros catcher Matt Pagnozzi, left, can't tag out Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt as he scores in the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND — A fly ball to left field that somehow ended up in the bullpen. A misplayed routine grounder up the middle turned into a base hit to extend a rally.

On a night when Sonny Gray did just about all he could to keep Oakland's recent good fortunes going, the Athletics defense let it slip away in one inning.

Just like that, manager Bob Melvin's club lost its share of first place in the AL West.

Gray pitched eight stellar innings but Oakland was held in check most of the night by former farmhand Brad Peacock, who took a shutout into the eighth inning while helping the Houston Astros beat the A's 3-2 on Thursday night.

"We were a little in-between on a couple of plays and those things end up costing you in close games," Melvin said. "But then (Gray) settled in really nicely, similar to what we've done here recently, which was pitch very well."

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