Dallas Keuchel, seen here in 2016, could take home Pitcher of the Month award after capping the month with a solid start against the Oakland Athletics. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

Dallas Keuchel, seen here in 2016, could take home Pitcher of the Month award after capping the month with a solid start against the Oakland Athletics. (Courtesy Keith Allison/Flickr)

Keuchel dominates, A’s drop rubber match

Facing Houston Astros ace Dallas Keuchel, the Oakland Athletics knew their margin for error would be slim.

It wasn’t errors that did the A’s in as it was rotten luck. The Astros racked up three early infield hits and pulled away late in the rubber match of a three-game set, beating Oakland 7-2.

George Springer led off the bottom of the first with an infield hit and scored on Carlos Correa’s RBI double, a sign of things to come.

The Astros collected two more infield hits to run up Jesse Hahn’s pitch count, and pushed three runs across the fourth and fifth innings, giving Keuchel more than enough support.

The 2015 Cy Young winner held the A’s to one run on three hits over 7.2 innings, walking two and striking out nine.

Hahn allowed eight hits over six innings. Two of the four runs he allowed were unearned. Josh Reddick reached on catcher’s interference for the third time in the series to set up Brian McCann’s two-run, fifth-inning single.

Marwin Gonzalez put the game away with a three-run shot off Frankie Montas in the eighth inning.

Keuchel is in the conversation for Pitcher of the Month. He finished April with a 5-0 record and a 1.21 ERA. Oakland’s Andrew Triggs, Seattle’s James Paxton and Ervin Santana of the Twins will also have a shot at the honor.MLB

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