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A's would tie for first with win over Astros
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- The Astros have outscored the A's 50-16 in winning all six matchups in Oakland this season. That plus-34 run differential is the franchise's highest in a six-game span against any single opponent on the road in a single season.
- The Astros have a MLB-best .695 road winning percentage (41-18) and a .532 winning percentage at home (33-29). The .163 difference in winning percentage from road to home is the biggest by any team since the 1998 Royals had a .168 difference (.531 winning percentage on the road to .363 at home).
- Alex Bregman, who has .283/.400/.565 slash line with three homers, four doubles and nine RBI in 12 games against Oakland this year, has a 1.138 OPS with runners in scoring position on the season. That's the highest by an Astro in such situations since Lance Berkman had a 1.290 OPS in 2006.
- In 14 games since July 30, Oakland starters lead the majors in ERA (1.84) and opponent slugging percentage (.309) and have surrendered the fewest homers (four). On the season, Astros starters lead all of MLB in ERA (3.06) and are tied for first in opponent slugging (.355).
- Edwin Jackson tossed 7.1 shutout innings against the Angels on Saturday, extending his scoreless inning streak to 12.2 -- his longest since a 14.0-inning streak in 2012. In nine starts in 2018, he has a 2.48 ERA -- his lowest over a nine-start stretch in a single season since he had a 2.45 ERA from May 31-July 19, 2009.
- Matt Chapman has reached base in 29 straight games, during which he's slashing .348/.423/679 with six homers, 17 RBI and 29 runs. The last A's player to reach base in 29 straight games was Josh Donaldson in 2014, and no Oakland player has had a longer streak since Mark Ellis reached in 32 in a row in 2007.
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Houston Astros will turn to their hottest pitcher, left-hander Dallas Keuchel, when the Oakland Athletics make a bid to move into a tie for first place in the American League West on Saturday afternoon.
On Friday night, Oakland's Nick Martini tied the game with a ninth-inning double and Matt Olson won it with a leadoff home run in the 10th, allowing the A's (73-49) to move within one game of the Astros (74-48) atop the West with a 4-3 triumph.
Keuchel (9-9, 3.43 ERA) was a 16-2 winner the last time he pitched in Oakland in May, and that was before he really got rolling.
The 30-year-old went 4-1 with a 1.65 ERA in five starts in July, and has yet to lose in August, going 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in three outings.
He suffered an 8-1 shellacking at home in April in a game in which Oakland's Matt Chapman, Chad Pinder and Mark Canha homered.
He is 6-5 with a 2.78 ERA in his career against the A's, and Saturday's start will be his 21st meeting with Oakland, his 19th as a starter. Keuchel is 1-1 with 4.20 ERA in two starts against the A's this season.
Keuchel will have to deal with the knowledge that no matter how well he does, the A's might still prevail against the Houston bullpen.
Olson's homer in the series opener was Oakland's eighth walk-off hit of the season. The A's lead the majors in runs scored in the eighth inning, and Friday's ninth-inning run was their 54th of the season, tops in the AL.
Oakland is 11-5 in extra-inning games and a major-league-best 26-10 in one-run decisions. Each of the A's last four wins has been by one run.
A's closer Blake Treinen has helped close the door on most of Oakland's close wins this season. He was the winner in Friday's contest, holding the Astros scoreless in the top of the 10th before Olson's homer in the bottom of the inning.
The win was his sixth of the season. He's also recorded 32 saves.
The A's will counter Keuchel with right-hander Trevor Cahill (4-2, 3.39), who has struggled in two earlier meetings with the Astros this season.
Houston ran up an 8-4 home win over the A's in April when Cahill allowed four runs in six innings.
He later had to be pulled in the fourth inning of an eventual 6-4 A's win at Houston in July.
Cahill has gone 1-1 with a 5.82 ERA in four career games, including three starts, against the Astros.
Astros center fielder George Springer, who homered off Cahill in the April meeting, returned from a stint on the disabled list to go 1-for-5 in Friday's loss.
The Astros have held solo leadership in the AL West since June 14. Their biggest lead in the past two months was six games.
The A's, meanwhile, were 10 games out after a 6-5 loss at Houston on July 10. They have gone 22-8 since that date, while the Astros have struggled to a 12-16 mark.
Not counting the first month of the season, the A's haven't held or shared first place in the AL West since Aug. 25, 2014.
Updated August 18, 2018