The Oakland Athletics' Ryon Healy, seen here on Sept. 15, 2016, had a couple key hits on Thursday night. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS)

Ryon Healy, Bruce Maxwell lift A’s in Houston — plus news and notes

Ryon Healy’s sixth-inning grand slam gave the Athletics a lead they would risk but never relinquish, as Oakland picked up just its second win over the Houston Astros in ten meetings during 2017.

Healy’s grand slam came on the eighth pitch of his battle with James Hoyt. Hoyt relieved Mike Fiers with two outs and the bases loaded in the sixth inning of a 1-1 game.

Liam Hendriks surrendered a three-run homer to George Springer in the ninth to cut the lead to 6-4 and Santiago Casilla allowed the first two men he faced to reach base, but Josh Reddick popped out and Brian McCann bounced into a game-ending double play.

Bruce Maxwell drove in the Athletics’ first run and finished the game with three hits, including a double. The catcher is 10-for-18 since replacing Stephen Vogt. He also thwarted Jose Altuve’s steal attempt in the first inning.

Sean Manaea allowed nine hits and three walks, but held Houston to just one run over 5 2/3 innings. The run came on a bases-loaded double play when Evan Gattis swung at a pitch out of the zone on a 3-0 count.

Ryan Maddon retired all four men he faced, striking out three, and Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect seventh.

 

NEWS AND NOTES:

As reported by Jane Lee of MLB.com, Matt Chapman will resume baseball activity on Friday. The A’s will decide whether or not Chapman needs a rehab assignment after watching him perform activities.

— Jharel Cotton’s status for Thursday is up in the air. Cotton left Friday’s start against the White Sox with a blister. Cotton could be pushed back to Saturday because of Monday’s off-day. If a starter from Triple-A Nashville is needed, Frankie Montas and Zach Neal are scheduled to start the next two days.

— Paul Blackburn, acquired in the offseason for Danny Valencia, started on Monday for Nashville and would be on turn to pitch Saturday.

— Marcus Semien continued his rehab for Class-A Stockton and went 2-for-4 with a double and a sac fly in a loss at San Jose.

— Chris Bassitt is expected to pitch an inning in a rehab assignment for Stockton on Wednesday, as reported by Ports broadcaster Zack Bayrouty.

— In Double-A, A’s farmhand and Palo Alto native B.J. Boyd was named the MVP of the Texas League All-Star Game.

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