HOUSTON – The Houston Astros entered the ninth inning down by one run before their bullpen fell apart on Monday night and they ended up with another lopsided loss to the Oakland Athletics.
Jeff Samardzija pitched eight solid innings and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs to help the A’s to an 8-2 win, their fifth victory by six runs or more over Houston this season.
Chris Carter hit an opposite-field, two-run homer in the eighth to pull the Astros within one, but Oakland added five runs in the ninth to extend the margin to 8-2.
“Getting an opportunity to come up in the ninth inning of a one-run game is completely different than coming up down by six,” Houston manager Bo Porter said. “The whole object is to keep the game right there.”
Astros reliever Tony Sipp, who had allowed just 10 walks in his previous 41 innings, walked all four batters he faced in the ninth to push Oakland’s lead to 4-2.
“Tony Sipp has been good all year,” Porter said. “It’s one of those things where he lost command. Obviously, those guys were patient enough that they waited it out and took the walks that were given to them.”
Donaldson’s bases-loaded double off Jose Veras sent two more home, and Derek Norris wrapped up the scoring with a two-run single.
Samardzija (4-3) allowed six hits, two runs and tied a season high with 10 strikeouts to bounce back from a two-game skid in which he yielded 11 runs combined. The right-hander was 2-7 with the Chicago Cubs before getting traded in early July.
Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer and Donaldson had three hits after sitting out Sunday with a knee injury. Donaldson doubled twice for his first extra-base hits and RBIs in his last nine games.
Reddick’s 10th home run sailed into the seats in right field to extend Oakland’s lead to 3-0 in the fourth.
Scott Feldman (7-10) allowed seven hits and three runs in seven innings.
Orioles 9, Rays 1
In Baltimore, Delmon Young, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis homered in succession during a six-run fifth inning, and the Orioles cruised past Tampa Bay to end a three-game losing streak.
Baltimore hit five homers in all, four off rookie Jake Odorizzi (9-11). Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce delivered back-to-back shots in the third.
Red Sox 4, Blue Jays 3 (10)
In Toronto, Yoenis Cespedes singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and Boston survived a ninth-inning collapse to beat the Blue Jays, snapping its losing streak at eight games.
Koji Uehara (6-4) got the win despite blowing his fourth save in 30 chances, and Craig Breslow finished for his first save in two chances.
Yankees 8, Royals 1
In Kansas City, Derek Jeter drove in two runs in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium, backing a sharp outing from Michael Pineda and helping New York beat the Royals for its fifth straight win.
Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki had two hits in four at-bats and scored twice.
Rangers 2, Mariners 0
In Seattle, Miles Mikolas allowed three hits in eight innings, J.P. Arencibia singled home the go-ahead run in the fourth and Texas blanked the Mariners in the opener of a three-game set.
Marlins 7, Angels 1
In Anaheim, Giancarlo Stanton upstaged Mike Trout with a three-run homer in the first regular-season showdown between two of baseball’s brightest young stars, leading Miami to a comfortable victory over Los Angeles.
Darvish still sidelined
Arlington, Texas — Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that injured ace Yu Darvish could miss the remainder of the season because of an elbow injury.
Darvish went on the disabled list on Aug. 13 with inflammation of his right elbow. A detailed examination of the right-hander’s elbow revealed only mild inflammation.
But speaking during a local radio appearance, Daniels said, “By the calendar and how close to the end of the season we are, I don’t know that it will allow him to pitch again.”
Darvish did not travel with the team for the road trip to Seattle and is undergoing treatment in Arlington.