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A's power past Astros 4-3

  • Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp (4) celebrates after hitting a home run to left field, scoring teammate Eric Sogard (28), in the seventh inning during a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Houston. The Athletics defeated the Astros 4-3. (AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

HOUSTON — Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer in Oakland's three-run seventh inning to help the Athletics to a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

The A's trailed by two before an RBI double by Eric Sogard with one out cut the lead to 3-2 and chased starter Bud Norris. Crisp launched his home run off Travis Blackley (1-1) to the Crawford Boxes in left field to put Oakland on top.

John Jaso had a solo homer in the first inning for the A's, who have won 11 of 12 against Houston this season.

A.J. Griffin (9-7) allowed six hits and three runs and tied a season-high with eight strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings for the win.

He continued to be plagued by the long ball though, giving up two more on Wednesday to give him 23 this season which is tied for second-most in the majors.


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