HOUSTON — The Oakland Athletics were riding a franchise-record, 15-game errorless streak entering Sunday.
Four errors ended the streak, while also costing the A’s the game.
Jake Marisnick scored the winning run on an errant throw in the 10th inning as the Houston Astros rallied for a 2-1 victory over Oakland.
Marisnick led off the 10th with a single off Liam Hendricks and stole second on George Springer’s strikeout before reaching third on a groundout by Marwin Gonzalez.
After Jose Altuve was intentionally walked, Marisnick scored on Carlos Correa’s chopper to third that Danny Valencia threw up the line to first as Yonder Alonso’s attempted tag missed Correa.
“I made it earlier in the game when [Evan] Gattis hit me the ball,” Valencia said of the game-ending play. “I made the same play. I knew I had to get rid of it quick because Correa was running. I threw a little wide.”
The walk-off win was the Astros eighth of the season, third against the A’s and second of the series, including Friday’s 10-9 win.
“He’ll tell you that it’s a play he expects to make,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said of Valencia. “You don’t win many games with four errors, yet we got one pitch away from winning the game. The first ones didn’t cost us, but the last one did.”
Marcus Semien gave the A’s a 1-0 lead on an RBI single in the sixth. Matt McBride started the inning with a single and moved to second on Coco Crisp’s sacrifice bunt before Semien’s single.
The rally spoiled a superb outing from Sean Manaea, who scattered five hits with six strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Manaea had struggled away from Oakland, going 0-3 with an 11.66 ERA in three starts entering Sunday.
“It’s definitely the best start I’ve had up here,” Manaea said. “Just really happy with how things turned out. Just felt really good the whole game. Changeup was working really well, was able to throw my slider for strikes at times and being able to locate my fastball was huge for me.”