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Kendall Graveman pitches well, A’s fall to Astros

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Marcus Semien, seen here on Aug. 28, was a lone bright spot for the Oakland Athletics’ lineup on Tuesday. (Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS)
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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Kendall Graveman scattered a few mistakes, received no run support and was a tough luck loser on Tuesday against the Houston Astros.

Sluggers Colby Rasmus and Evan Gattis both made the 25-year-old righty pay for pitches over the plate as they hit solo shots in the second and seventh innings, respectively, and Houston went on to win 3-1.

The loss marked the Athletics’ second in as many days after earning an impressive series win against the St. Louis Cardinals over the weekend.

Graveman notched his second-straight quality start — and ninth of his last 11 outings. He allowed four hits and a walk over 97 pitches spanning seven innings.

The A’s lineup, on the other hand, was much less impressive. Astros starter Collin McHugh pitched six shutout frames, surrendering four hits and a walk while striking out five. Oakland managed just five hits and six total baserunners.

The Athletics and Astros conclude their three-game series today. Ross Detwiler and Mike Fiers will face off on the mound.

Before the game, the A’s agreed to ship outfielder Coco Crisp to the Cleveland Indians, according to The Associated Press.

Crisp, who was reportedly unhappy with how the Oakland front office was treating him, waived the no-trade clause in his contract to be dealt to the Indians, who are leading the American League Central.

Through 102 games played in 2016, Crisp is slashing .234/.299/.399. He’ll return to where he made his major league debut in 2002 in hopes of being a contributor for a contender that desperately needs outfield help.

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