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A’s walk fine line to snap losing streak

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Jed Lowrie, seen here on March 30, hit a key home run on Saturday. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
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It came down to the wire, but the Oakland A’s snapped a trio of unfortunate streaks on Saturday night.

A six-game losing streak that dated back to last Sunday, a five-game losing streak at Minute Maid Park and a ten-game skid overall against the Houston Astros all came to an end with a 2-1 victory.

Andrew Triggs held the opposition scoreless for the fourth time in five starts, pitching seven shutout innings. He didn’t cruise, but he danced his way through jams against a Houston offense that had scored 26 runs in three prior games against the A’s.

From the first inning, Triggs found himself working with men on base. For a pitcher who always works out of the stretch, pitching with men on base is less of an adjustment, but trying to escape unscathed against the heart of the Houston order isn’t easy. But, Triggs managed to do it, striking out Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran with runners on second and third.

The Astros also had two men on in the third and fourth, but Triggs avoided damage each time.

Triggs’ support came from solo homers off the bats of Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis. Lowrie led off the fourth with his blast against Houston starter Joe Musgrove and Davis took Will Harris deep in the top of the eighth. Davis hit just one of his 42 homers against Houston in 2016, but he has five in their first four meetings in 2017.

Jose Altuve cut the lead to one with his eighth-inning solo shot off of Sean Doolittle. The perennial all star was 2-for-3 with a hit by pitch after reaching base just once on Friday.

Santiago Casilla collected his fourth save to finish the game off.

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