Corporan lifts Astros over A’s in extras

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Updated: August 15, 2013

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Carlos Corporan clubbed a go-ahead double in
the top of the 11th inning to lift the Houston Astros to a 2-1 victory over
the Oakland Athletics in the second test of a three-game series at O.co
Coliseum.

Oakland center fielder Chris Young, who pulled a potential game-winning two-
run homer just foul in the ninth inning of Tuesday’s setback, nearly ended
Wednesday’s tilt in the 10th when he lifted a towering fly ball to left with
two outs.

Houston left fielder Robbie Grossman tracked the ball perfectly to the wall
before making a leaping grab to rob Young of a home run and extend the game.

Jose Altuve then smacked a one-out single in the 11th and raced all the way
home when Corporan doubled off the top of the wall in left-center field to
give Houston a 2-1 edge.

Josh Fields worked around a leadoff double in the home half to secure his
second save of the season. Lucas Harrell (6-13) spun a perfect 10th to earn
the victory, Houston’s second in a row.

Brandon Moss plated the lone run of the game for the A’s, who lost for the
sixth time in their last nine games.

Sean Doolittle (3-4) was tagged with the loss after giving up Corporan’s go-
ahead double in the 11th.

Starting pitching was the story for much of the night, as Houston’s Jared
Cosart and Oakland’s Jarrod Parker exchanged zeros over the first six frames.

Houston finally broke through against Parker in the seventh when Chris Carter
led off the frame with his 22nd homer of the season.

Cosart, meanwhile, was lifted to start the home half and the A’s quickly
jumped on Philip Humber, as Yoenis Cespedes smacked a leadoff single and
scored when Moss followed with a double to tie the game at 1-1.

Game Notes

Parker struck out six while giving up one run on eight hits and a walk over 8
1/3 innings. Parker is 6-0 over his last 14 starts and hasn’t lost since May
22 at Texas … Cosart scattered three hits and a walk with four strikeouts
over six scoreless frames … Houston catcher Jason Castro extended his
career-long hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the ninth … Oakland
finished 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.