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Disastrous inning sinks A’s as they drop series opener to Astros

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OAKLAND — Through three innings, Ross Stripling flirted with a start to remember. Midway through the fourth, Stripling departed with a start to forget.

After retiring the first nine batters he faced on Friday night at the Coliseum, Stripling allowed six runs on eight hits and failed to complete the fourth inning as the A’s (21-32) fell to the Astros (23-28), 6-3.

Oakland, fresh off taking two of three from the Rockies, has lost all five games against Houston this season, being swept at Minute Maid Park earlier this month.

Stripling cruised through the first three innings, needing just 29 pitches to retire every batter he faced the first time through the order. In the first inning, Stripling benefitted from the chilly conditions as Kyle Tucker’s deep drive to center field faded at the warning track. The fourth inning provided no such luck.



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