Astros score twice in 9th to beat Athletics 4-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A big pinch-hit double by seldom-used Tyler White in the eighth inning and little discipline at the plate by Marwin Gonzalez in the ninth provided just enough to keep the Houston Astros on the fringe of the AL wild card race.

Manager A.J. Hinch's ballclub might be down — three games, in fact — but they're certainly not out.

White hit a game-tying double in the eighth and Gonzalez followed with a two-run single off Ryan Madson in the ninth and the Astros came from behind to beat theOakland Athletics 4-2 on Monday night.

"We need them all, I loved how our team hung in there until the end," Hinch said. "Some of the biggest at-bats were when the game was on the line. I liked how we gutted it out."

Houston remains three games behind Baltimore and Toronto in the race for the AL wild card spots. Two other teams, Detroit and Seattle, are also in front of the Astros.

"We're fighting to the end," Gonzalez said. "Nobody's quitting. We've got to fight until the end."

The Astros trailed 2-1 going into the eighth inning but tied it on White's RBI-double then they scored twice in the ninth to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa opened the inning with singles. After Evan Gattis was intentionally walked, Gonzalez lined the first pitch from Madson (5-7) into center field to drive in Altuve and Correa.


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