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HOUSTON - The Oakland Athletics continue to find ways to defeat the Houston Astros.

Josh Reddick put the A's ahead with a two-run homer in the eighth, and the Oakland bullpen did the rest as the A's overcame three errors to defeat Houston 4-3 Monday night.

Oakland (58-41) improved to 10-0 this season against the Astros and have now won 12 straight against Houston dating back to 2007.

Reddick's blast to right off Wesley Wright (0-4) in the eighth capped a comeback from a 3-0 deficit for the A's. Chris Young hit a solo home run in the seventh off Travis Blackley and also had a triple.

The Astros, who own the worst record in the Majors at 33-65, have now lost six in a row and nine of the last10.

Oakland loaded the bases with one out in the sixth but was only able to cut the lead to 3-1 with a Grant Green sacrifice fly, scoring Josh Donaldson, who had singled to start the inning. Dallas Keuchel struck out Seth Smith to end the threat.

A's reliever Ryan Cook (3-2) struck out two in a perfect seventh before Sean Doolittle threw the eighth and Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his 26th save. Oakland pitchers did not allow a hit after the fourth, with Jose Altuve being the only baserunner after reaching on a walk in the eighth.

Keuchel allowed one run on five hits with five strikeouts and four walks in six innings.

A's starter Tommy Milone allowed three runs - two earned - on five hits with five strikeouts in six innings. He sent down eight of the last nine batters he faced, including the last seven in a row.

Houston took a 1-0 lead in the second as Justin Maxwell doubled to left, stole third and scored on an error by Jed Lowrie that allowed J.D. Martinez to reach first.

Chris Carter extended Houston's lead to 2-0 with an RBI single in the third, scoring Jonathan Villar, who led off the inning with a bunt single for his first career hit and then stole second.

Carter came around to score from first to make it 3-0 as a Maxwell pop-up to shallow right center field fell between four Oakland players. Maxwell wound up at second on the play, which was ruled an error by second baseman Grant Green.

Oakland had the leadoff man on in three of the first four innings, but left five men on in those innings. Coco Crisp led off the game with a double and was stranded at second, while Donaldson reached second on a throwing error by Matt Dominguez in the fourth but was stranded at third.

NOTES: Villar, who was making his Major League debut after being recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City Sunday, started and batted first for the Astros. ... Houston will recall RHP Jarred Cosart Tuesday to make his second Major League start against Oakland. ... 1B Carlos Pena's designation for assignment will become effective Tuesday when the Astros recall Cosart. ... Oakland entered the game leading the American League with 19 one-run wins.
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