Springer delivers, Astros hold off Athletics in 10 innings

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Houston Astros have a winning vibe during the September stretch run.

Tony Kemp noticed it before Tuesday night's 2-1, 10-inning win against the Oakland Athletics.

"Before the game today, everyone seemed loose," Kemp said. "No one's really panicking. Everyone's just having fun this last stretch."

George Springer hit a go-ahead single in the top of the 10th inning. Kemp, who tied it with a pinch-hit double in the seventh, got things going with a leadoff double againstSean Doolittle (2-3) and Jake Marisnick sacrificed him to third to bring up Springer.

Chris Devenski (4-4) struck out four in 3 2-3 innings of relief for the win, and Ken Gilesescaped a bases-loaded jam and closed it out for his 13th save. The Astros remain in the mix for the AL wild card.

"The dramatic finish at the end, it's hard to overlook," manager A.J. Hinch said. "There are so many story lines that go on why we won a close game. ... Our guys understand where we're at in the calendar. We've played important games late."

Jose Altuve's eighth-inning single gave him 200 hits in three straight seasons, the first to do so since Ichiro Suzuki from 2001-10.

Oakland's Danny Valencia was ejected at the end of the ninth by plate umpire Marty Foster after striking out.


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