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Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics Pick & Prediction SEP 26TH 2021

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The Oakland Athletics hope a third consecutive win over the visiting Houston Astros will produce better news than the past two days did when the American League West rivals wrap up a three-game series Sunday afternoon.

The A's put themselves on the doorstep of a series sweep with a 2-1, walk-off victory on Saturday, a game that ended with Elvis Andrus falling flat onto home plate in serious pain as he scored the game-ending run.

Andrus suffered an injury to his left ankle while rounding third base on his trip from first to home on Starling Marte's game-winning double. The Oakland shortstop managed to limp home, but he got no farther before having to be tended to by the Oakland training staff.

He was taken for X-rays afterward.

"Look, we won a game. That's good," a somber A's manager Bob Melvin noted a few minutes later. "We may lose one of our toughest guys. We've got our fingers crossed it's not something significant."

Another piece of bad news came shortly thereafter, when the New York Yankees completed a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox. It meant, for the second straight day, despite winning, the A's (84-71) gained no ground on the Yankees and Red Sox, both 88-67, in the American League wild-card race.

The A's enter play Sunday four game out of the wild card but still have dim hopes.

Melvin noted his guys can only worry about one thing -- themselves.

"There's an element of desperation," he observed. "You have to win. You don't think any farther out than today's game, but we know each and every game, we take the field and we have to win. That's the feeling that's permeating our dugout right now."

Whether he's backed at shortstop by Andrus or not, the A's will ride the right arm of Paul Blackburn (1-3, 5.17) in an effort to complete their sweep.

The 27-year-old has struggled of late, having allowed 27 hits and 13 earned runs in 15 1/3 innings in four September starts.

He has faced the Astros just twice in his career, once as a starter, compiling a 0-1 record and 18.47 ERA.

Houston is expected to reinstate right-hander Jake Odorizzi (6-7, 4.22) from the injured list to start the contest.

Odorizzi had to be pulled from his most recent start on Sept. 13 in the second inning because of a sprained right foot. He had been pitching well before that, having given up just six runs in 20 2/3 innings in his previous four starts.

The 31-year-old has not faced the A's this season, and has a 1-4 record and 4.03 ERA in eight career starts against them.

For the third day in a row, the Astros (91-64) will have an opportunity to formally eliminate the A's from the AL West race. Houston leads Oakland by seven games with seven remaining.

The Astros have been limited to three runs on just five hits in the first two games of the series. They have as many home runs (two) as singles (two).

Houston manager Dusty Baker blamed an exhausting late-season schedule, one in which the Astros will have played 17 games in 17 days before getting one final day off Monday.

"We need to get through them badly," he said of the Oakland series. "Everybody is running on fumes."

--Field Level Media

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics Recap SEP 26TH 2021

Starling Marte scorched a walk-off double with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday afternoon, giving the host Oakland Athletics a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros, their second straight victory over the American League West leaders.

The A's (84-71) overcame yet another home run by the Astros' Kyle Tucker off Sean Manaea to stay alive in the AL West, where they now trail Houston (91-64) by seven games with seven remaining.

Oakland also added a much needed win to its chase for an AL wild-card spot. The A's were the first of the five teams competing for two spots to complete play Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Astros temporarily lost a half-game off their lead in the West to the Seattle Mariners (85-69), who played a night game on the West Coast. Houston left the Oakland field 5 1/2 games up on Seattle.

After both teams scored single runs in the seventh to produce all the game's scoring through 8 1/2 innings, Elvis Andrus led off the last of the ninth with a single off the Astros' third pitcher, closer Ryan Pressly (5-3).

Josh Harrison then struck out, before Marte sent a shot to right-center field that easily scored Andrus for Oakland's 11th walk-off win of the season.

Andrew Chafin (2-3), who worked a 1-2-3 top of the ninth, was credited with the win.

The low-scoring affair was a brilliant pitchers' duel between left-handers Manaea and Framber Valdez for seven innings.

The Astros had just one hit off Manaea -- a game-opening double by Jose Altuve -- before nemesis Tucker ended a scoreless deadlock with a solo home run with one out in the seventh.

The homer was Tucker's 28th of the season, four of which have come against Manaea. The Oakland veteran hasn't served up more than three homers to any other player in his career.

Oakland drew even in the bottom of the inning after Valdez was pulled with two on and two out, having just hit Andrus with a pitch.

Harrison then greeted Kendall Graveman with a single, scoring pinch-runner Skye Bolt to make it 1-1.

The run was charged to Valdez, who allowed just three hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out three.

Manaea likewise was charged with one run on three hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out eight.

Andrus went 2-for-3 in a game that featured just 10 hits, seven by the A's.

--Field Level Media

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