Hou 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 4
Oak 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Date of game: 9/5/2014

Recap: Oakland vs. Houston

Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Chris Carter hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs to help the visiting Houston Astros beat the slumping Oakland Athletics 4-3.

Jose Altuve had two hits with two runs scored and Jon Singleton added a solo homer for the Astros, winners of five straight.

The A's, meanwhile, have dropped three games in a row and seven of eight overall. They now trail the AL West-leading Angels by six games and are only two games ahead of Seattle for the AL's first wild-card spot. Detroit is a half-game behind the Mariners.

Oakland starter Jeff Samardzija (4-5) retired the first seven batters before Singleton homered to right-center field.

The A's scored three runs in the bottom of the third after loading the bases with one out against Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer (5-10). Derek Norris tied the game with an RBI single, and a second runner scored on Jake Marisnick's fielding error. Adam Dunn later supplied a run-producing single.

Oakland had a chance again with the bases loaded, this time with no outs, in the fourth and Oberholtzer managed to escape the jam. Craig Gentry hit a grounder to third baseman Matt Dominguez and he threw home for the force out. Josh Donaldson then grounded into an inning-ending double play.

The Astros grabbed the lead in the sixth. Carter, who singled home Altuve in the fourth, plated him again with a two-out drive to left-center field.

Tony Sipp tossed the final two innings to earn his third save.

Game Notes

Altuve extended his hitting streak to 12 games, tying a career high ... Oakland was 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position ... Oberholtzer gave up seven hits and walked two in 6 1/3 innings ... Samardzija struck out nine with no walks and allowed six hits over seven innings.

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