HOUSTON — Sam Fuld hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the ninth inning to give the Oakland Athletics a 5-4 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night.
The A’s trailed by one entering the ninth before Eric Sogard’s RBI single, and Fuld’s two-out shot off Chad Qualls (1-4) landed in the seats in right field to put Oakland up 5-3. Fuld, who entered on a 0-for-9 skid, finished three hits, including a double.
Oakland began the night one game behind the Los Angeles Angels for the AL West lead. The A’s have won five of eight following a five-game losing streak.
Dan Otero (8-1) pitched 1⅓ innings for the win. Eric O’Flaherty allowed a solo homer to Chris Carter with two outs in the ninth before retiring Dexter Fowler for his first save since May 2013.
Houston trailed 2-1 in the seventh after Coco Crisp’s solo home run in the top of the inning, then tied it on Robbie Grossman’s RBI single.
Altuve’s big league-leading 181st hit put Houston on top 3-2. The groundball single rolled just out of reach of a diving Alberto Callaspo and into shallow right field. Altuve also swiped two bases, giving him an AL-high 49 steals.
Jonny Gomes’ sacrifice fly put Oakland ahead 1-0 in the sixth.
Oakland starter Drew Pomeranz, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento before the game, allowed one run — none earned — and three hits in 5⅓ innings in his first major league appearance since June 16. He struck out seven.
Houston’s Brad Peacock also lasted 5⅓ innings, yielding one run, four hits and five walks.
Carter has 33 homers this season, has homered in three straight games and has hit 20 home runs since July 1.