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A’s collapse late, swept by Astros

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The Oakland Athletics were swept by the Houston Astros on Wednesday in deflating fashion.

The A’s entered the eighth inning with a 3-1 lead, but eventually fell 4-3 after reliever Liam Hendricks surrendered the fateful runs — all with two outs.

Ross Detwiler had his best start as an Athletic since dazzling in his debut. The 30-year-old lefty completed seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and a pair of walks. He also struck out seven.

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But when he turned the ball over in the bottom of the eighth, the game went awry. Hendricks recorded two quick outs before allowing a triple to George Springer. He then struck out Alex Bregman, but on a wild pitch, allowing the rookie to reach base. Jose Altuve followed with a triple to deep center field to plate Bregman from first. Evan Gattis finished the rally by hitting a single for the game-winning run.

The A’s built their lead in the top of the third, when Jake Smolinski hit a two-run triple and was brought home one batter later when Bruce Maxwell hit a sacrifice fly.

The loss drops the Athletics to 57-76 in a season-to-forget. They’ll return to action on Friday, after a day off, against the hot-hitting Boston Red Sox.

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