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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.

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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