Carlos Correa, seen here June 25, hit a home run on Thursday against the Oakland Athletics. (Ken Lambert/Seattle Times/TNS)

A’s drop rubber match in Houston

For the second time in as many weeks, Brad Peacock held the A’s offense in check as the Houston Astros took the rubber match of a three-game set, 6-1.

Despite walking six, Peacock allowed just two hits and struck out seven over five innings. Carlos Correa homered twice for Houston.

Houston’s bullpen was dominant for a second consecutive day. Chris Devenski, Reymin Guduan and James Hoyt held the Oakland offense scoreless across the final four innings, striking out seven.

In his fourth Major League start, Daniel Gossett allowed just two runs over the first five innings and escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fifth when Jake Marisnick struck out and George Springer lined into a double play.

However, Gossett’s luck ran out in the sixth. Josh Reddick led off the inning with a single, Jose Altuve doubled him home and Correa belted a two-run homer to stretch the lead to 5-1 and chase Gossett. Houston added another run in the seventh off of Michael Brady.

The A’s went 4-2 over the six-game road trip, marking their first winning road trip of the season. Their only other road trip in which they managed to post a .500 record was a season-opening trip to Texas and Kansas City.

Houston has won 10 of the 12 meetings between the two teams this season, a trend the A’s will need to buck in the coming years if they want to compete for a division title. While the division is Houston’s to lose this year, it would behoove the A’s to gain some traction in the remaining meetings with the Astros this season. The teams will play three in Houston in August and four in Oakland, including a doubleheader, in early September.

NEWS AND NOTES:

Marcus Semien continued his rehab assignment with Class-A Stockton, going 0-3 with a sac fly in an 8-5 loss at San Jose. Seth Brown homered for the Ports, but Evan Manarino allowed six runs on nine hits over four innings.

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