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Broncos throttle Jets 26-0 for first 3-0 start since 2016

Broncos throttle Jets 26-0 for first 3-0 start since 2016

DENVER — Vic Fangio has a rejoinder ready for anyone downplaying Denver’s first 3-0 start in five years just because the Broncos’ opponents are a combined 0-9.“They’re right,” the Broncos’ coach said after Denver’s 26-0 shutout of the New York Jets. “That’s a fact.”Just like there’s no denying the Broncos are tied with Las Vegas atop the topsy-turvy AFC West, two games ahead of the two-time defending AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs.A week after holding 2021 top draft pick Trevor Lawrence to 118 passing yards, Denver’s defense held the second overall pick, Zach Wilson, to 160 yards Sunday while sacking him five times, intercepting him twice and stopping him twice more on downs.The Jets (0-3) became the third NFL team to lose a dozen consecutive games in September, joining the 1994-97 Saints and the 2007-10 Rams, who hold the record with 13 consecutive losses in the month.“It’s frustrating,” Wilson said. “We’re all learning. We’re trying to get better every single week. It may be hard for people to see that, but we’re learning a lot from those games. People are gonna hate. It is what it is.”The Broncos know just how Wilson’s feeling. They won just 32 of 80 games during the past five seasons, churning through coaches and quarterbacks at a dizzying pace.Now, they’ve throttled the Giants, Jaguars and Jets by a combined 76-26.Von Miller picked up his fourth sack and middle linebacker Alexander Johnson had a pair of sacks, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits and a pass breakup for Denver, which also got sacks from Shelby Harris and Malik Reed.A week after throwing four interceptions against the Patriots, Wilson was picked off by Justin Simmons in the waning minutes and also turned it over on downs at the Denver 25-yard line and at his 41. With 30 seconds left, rookie Cacen Sterns picked him off to seal the shutout.Four of the sacks came in the first half when the Broncos built a 17-0 lead and limited the Jets to just 55 yards, 13 of which came on a run by Ty Johnson just before he and his teammates trudged through the tunnel.“I think we’ve got a good team,” said Fangio, who brought an 0-7 September mark into the season. “We’ve been pretty damn solid for three weeks both offensively and defensively. Today, we had to work for everything offensively; they’re a good defense. They’ve got a lot of good players over there and made it hard for us. (But) we were able to get enough drives going, make enough plays to put some points on the board.”And keep the Jets off the board on a sun-splashed day in front of the first capacity crowd at Empower Field at Mile High since 2019.Three of the Broncos’ past four shutouts have come against the Jets.With another opponent selling out to stop Denver’s ground game, Teddy Bridgewater was efficient once again. He completed 76% of his passes — 19 of 25 — for 235 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in his home debut. He connected with Tim Patrick five times for 98 yards.The Broncos got 1-yard TD runs from Melvin Gordon III and rookie Javonte Williams, but Williams also fumbled at the 1 and had a mix-up on a handoff from Bridgewater on another play from the Jets 1.“We should have had two touchdowns each,” Gordon said. “Today was not good enough, but it was good enough to get the win.”The Jets had no such silver lining.“We play hard but playing hard is not good enough sometimes,” Jets coach Robert Saleh said.“Nobody expected it to be easy,” Jets D-lineman Sheldon Rankins said. “If it was easy, there would never be any bad teams. If it was easy, every team would be vying for a Super Bowl. Sometimes you have to stumble, sometimes you have to trip in order to start walking and running.”Don’t the Broncos know that.INJURY EPIDEMICFangio had no update postgame on guards Dalton Risner (foot) and Graham Glasgow (left knee), who left in the second half, or speedy wide receiver K.J. Hamler (left knee).The Broncos came into the game down four starters already.FINES COMINGRisner was whistled for taunting the Jets after Gordon bulled his way into the end zone, and Jets cornerback Justin Hardee was flagged for taunting when he jawed at returner Diontae Spencer.The NFL has emphasized taunting this season and had thrown 11 such flags coming into Sunday.“Dalton, he swore to me he didn’t do anything,” Fangio said. “But you know I’ve harped on this with the players since training camp started that they were going to be calling this super closely, and they have been.”OTHER INJURIESJets: WR Elijah Moore was evaluated for a head injury and TE Tyler Kroft (chest) went out in the second half.Broncos: ILB Jonas Griffith (hamstring) was hurt in the second half.UP NEXTJets: host the Titans (2-1) on Oct. 3.Broncos: host the Ravens (2-1) on Oct. 3.———More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP—NFL

Braves to face Phils after wild 9th in beating Padres 4-3

Braves to face Phils after wild 9th in beating Padres 4-3

Will Smith struck out the side around three walks in the ninth inning to finish the Atlanta Braves’ 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres that opened a 2 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia heading into their NL East showdownBy RICHARD J. MARCUS Associated PressSeptember 27, 2021, 1:10 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleSAN DIEGO — Will Smith struck out the side around three walks in the ninth inning to finish the Atlanta Braves’ 4-3 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday that opened a 2 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia heading into their NL East showdown.Pinch-hitter Orlando Arcia hit a go-ahead double in the sixth off Pierce Johnson (3-4). Joc Pederson homered and scored twice for Atlanta, which has led the division since Aug. 15. The Braves won despite walking seven Padres.Atlanta has won seven of nine and hosts the Phillies in a three-game series starting Tuesday. Philadelphia ends with three games at Miami, and the Braves close at home with three games against the Mets, with a makeup game at Colorado possible on Oct. 4 if it’s needed to decide the NL East.“This is what you play for,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do in the next week.”Smith walked Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado, then threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis Jr. on a slider on the low, inside corner.“Just trying to get him out,” Smith said.Smith walked Tommy Pham on four pitches, loading the bases, and pitching coach Rick Kranitz went to the mound.Trent Grisham took a called third strike on a borderline fastball on the high, inside corner that plate umpire Greg Gibson called the pitcher’s way.Smith fell behind Ha-Seong Kim 2-0 before evening the count. Kim fouled off a slider, then got him to swing under a fastball for his 35th save in 41 chances. Catcher Vic Caratini caught a foul tip for the final out.“Will never gives in. He has a big stomach,” Snitker said.San Diego, eliminated from postseason contention a day earlier, lost for the 14th time in 17 games and at 78-78 dropped to .500 for the first time since a 10-10 start.“There was not much you could do with those pitches to Tatis and Grisham,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said.A.J. Minter (3-7) got the win with one-third of an inning. Atlanta finished the road portion of its schedule at 46-35.Joe Musgrove, whose April 9 no-hitter at Texas was a San Diego season highlight, allowed three runs and nine hits in five innings with nine strikeouts.“It’s everything for me — being able to pitch in my hometown for a team I have wanted to play for my whole life,” Musgrove said.Pederson homered in the second, and the Braves too a 3-0 lead in the fourth on doubles by Austin Riley and Travis d’Arnaud and a bloop single to center by pinch- hitter Ehire Adrianza that Grisham misplayed by originally going back.Cronenworth hit a two-run triple in the fifth off Jacob Webb and scored on Machado’s single but it wouldn’t be enough for the Padres.”This team has a bunch of heart and I am excited to be a part of it,” d’Arnaud said.MOVESBraves: Reinstated RHP Touki Toussaint from the bereavement list and optioned him to Triple-A Gwinnett.UP NEXTBraves: RHP Charlie Morton (13-6) starts Tuesday against RHP Zack Wheeler (14-9).Padres: RHP Yu Darvish (8-10) starts Tuesday at the Los Angeles Dodgers and RHP Walker Buehler (14-4).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Ohtani not enough, Mariners send Angels to losing season

Ohtani not enough, Mariners send Angels to losing season

Shohei Ohtani wasn’t enough to keep the Los Angeles Angeles from their sixth straight losing seasonBy DOUG PADILLA Associated PressSeptember 27, 2021, 1:04 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani wasn’t enough to keep the Los Angeles Angeles from their sixth straight losing season.Ohtani allowed Jarred Kelenic’s tying home run in the seventh inning, and Mitch Haniger hit a go-ahead single in a four-run eighth against the bullpen that lifted the Seattle Mariners over the Angels 5-1 Sunday.Ohtani gave up one run and five hits in seven innings with 10 strikeouts and no walks. He remained 9-2 and lowered his ERA to 3.18 with 156 strikeouts and 44 walks in 130 1/3 innings.Los Angeles is 75-82 and has not had a winning season since going 85-77 in 2015.“It’s very frustrating, it’s very disappointing,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I always look forward to being in the playoff race in the end and trying to talk about the playoffs with my teammates. I always think about that, so this year, it’s disappointing.”Ohtani reached double-digit strikeouts for the fourth time this season and second start in a row. If he makes another start, it would also be against the Mariners.“It’s hard to tell you at this point,” Ohtani said. “I haven’t talked to anybody on the team about it so I think I will take it day by day.”He was 1 for 3 at the plate and is hitting .258 with 98 RBIs and 45 homers, one behind co-leaders Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero and Kansas City’s Salvador Perez. He has just one home run since Sept. 10.Seattle has won seven of eight and will enter the final week two games back for the AL’s second wild card with six games remaining. Toronto is also a game in front of the Mariners. Seattle remained alive by going 8-2 on their final road trip of the season.Marco Gonzales (10-5) gave up one run on three hits over seven innings, improving to 7-0 in his last nine starts. Kurt Suzuki homered in the second, his 14th this season.“I have one more regular-season start left and to come home and be in front of our fans again, I hope they’re ready to see something special,” Gonzales said. ”Just the way this team has played and for all the people who doubted us along the way, this is for them.”Kelenic homered on a slider from Ohtani, who had escaped two-on trouble in the fifth and sixth innings.Crawford doubled in the eighth and Kyle Seager singled against Jose Quijada (0-2). Haniger’s RBI single came against Austin Warren, and Jake Fraley added a three-run double.“Coming into games like today, when you have to win, you find out a lot about your players,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Certainly the young guys who have gone through this stretch with us here, all these the meaningful games, you learn a lot. Jarred learned a lot and I’m sure it was a confidence boost for him moving forward.”HEADING HOMESeattle finished with three games at home against wild-card contending Oakland and then three against the Angels.TRAINERS ROOMAngels: RHP Jaime Barria was placed on the 10-day injured list with a right-shoulder impingement. He ended his season with a 2-4 record and a 4.61 ERA in 11 starts and two relief appearances. The club recalled RHP Sam Selman from Triple-A Salt Lake.UP NEXTMariners: RHP Chris Flexen (13-6, 3.56 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday.Angels: LHP Packy Naughton (0-3, 5.23 ERA) tries for his first major league victory as he makes his fifth start Monday at Texas.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

LEADING OFF: Cleveland plays final home game as Indians

LEADING OFF: Cleveland plays final home game as Indians

Cleveland will play its final home game as the Indians, the team’s nickname since 1915By The Associated PressSeptember 27, 2021, 1:02 AM• 3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleA look at what’s happening around the majors on Monday:———LAST TIMECleveland will play its final home game as the Indians, the team’s nickname since 1915. The club will be called the Cleveland Guardians next season.President of baseball operations Chris Antonetti doesn’t have a date when the Indians signage outside and inside the ballpark will be removed.“It is a huge undertaking,” he said. “The specific timeline, I’m actually not quite sure of.”Cleveland hosts Kansas City in an afternoon makeup of a rainout last week. The team will spend the rest of the final week on the road.After the Oct. 3 season finale in Texas and with no postseason for a team that hasn’t won the World Series since 1948, there will be a transition period before Indians — a name deemed racist by many — is dropped and Guardians appears on new uniforms with logos that were unveiled in July to mixed reviews.BELTEDThe NL West-leading Giants will see how first baseman Brandon Belt is feeling, a day after he was hit by a pitch in the left hand.Belt exited soon after he was plunked while squaring to bunt Sunday at Colorado. Manager Gabe Kapler said X-rays were inconclusive and that Belt will be reevaluated back in San Francisco.“From talking to him, he seems like he should be all right, not miss too much time,” Kapler said.Belt has a .378 on-base percentage and a .597 slugging percentage, along with a team-leading 29 home runs.The Giants go into the final week of the regular season leading the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games in the division.BOUNCE BACK?Dallas Keuchel (8-9, 5.18 ERA) starts for the AL Central champion White Sox at Detroit, hoping to reverse a recent slide as the playoffs approach.The 33-year-old lefty is 1-6 with a 6.71 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break. The 2015 Cy Young Award winner has pitched 59 innings in that span, causing Chicago concern as it maps out its rotation for the postseason.The White Sox are just 34-33 since the All-Star break. This game is a makeup for a rainout last week at Comerica Park.ON THE FRINGEFresh off a pair of walk-off wins and a three-game sweep of the AL West-leading Astros, Oakland visits Seattle in a matchup between teams in the wild-card race.Lefty Cole Irvin (10-14, 3.99 ERA) starts for the A’s. It will be his fifth time facing the Mariners this season — he’s lost the previous four.Chris Flexen (13-6, 3.56 ERA) pitches for Seattle.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Giants hold NL West lead, top Rockies; Belt's hand injured

Giants hold NL West lead, top Rockies; Belt's hand injured

Brandon Crawford homered to cap a four-run ninth inning and the San Francisco Giants held their lead in the NL West, beating the Colorado Rockies 6-2By MICHAEL KELLY Associated PressSeptember 27, 2021, 12:52 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleDENVER — The San Francisco Giants moved closer to a division title with a clutch win. Now they hope their home run leader can be help them capture the crown.Brandon Crawford homered to cap a four-run ninth inning and the Giants held their lead in the NL West, beating the Colorado Rockies 6-2 on Sunday but lost first baseman Brandon Belt to a hand injury.The Giants, who have won 15 of 19, have a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who beat Arizona 3-0 on Sunday. San Francisco now heads home to Oracle Park with a chance to clinch their first division title since 2012.Belt left the game in the seventh inning after getting hit on the left hand with a pitch while squaring to bunt. Giants manager Gabe Kapler said a scan was inconclusive and Belt will get X-rays back in San Francisco.“It’s not time to reflect on us losing Brandon Belt,” Kapler said. “We’re just not there yet.”Crawford was optimistic Belt wouldn’t be out long.“It’s scary when it’s a fastball or a hard pitch either close to his hand or on his hands,” he said. “There are so many little bones that can break. From talking to him, he seems like he should be all right, not miss too much time.”San Francisco had to work for its sixth straight win at Coors Field, and its 102nd victory overall — its most since winning 103 in 1993.It was 2-all when reliever Daniel Bard (7-8) walked Steven Duggar and Wilmer Flores, and pinch-hitter Tommy La Stella lined an RBI single with one out.Rockies manager Bud Black turned to Tyler Kinley to keep it close instead of allowing Bard to face Crawford.“Bardo’s been out there a little bit the last five days and you could tell he wasn’t hitting his spots,” he said. “The walk to Duggar and the base hit to La Stella, I thought Kinley would give us a better chance against Crawford.”Crawford spoiled the strategy with his 23rd of the season.“Craw’s been good in those moments all season long. No surprise,” Kapler said. “He got a pitch he could drive.”Camilo Doval (5-1) pitched the eighth inning for the win.San Francisco starter Kevin Gausman struck out 11 in six innings but was left with a no-decision when Colorado tied it in the seventh.Gausman retired 13 straight after Garrett Hampson’s single to lead off the first inning. C.J. Cron ended the streak with his 28th homer with one out in the fifth that cut San Francisco’s lead to 2-1.Gausman, who entered Sunday with a 5.33 ERA in five September starts, said he made a mechanical adjustment that helped him.“For me today was a big step forward. I could just tell from the get-go that I was my normal self and back to when I was going good,” he said. “That confidence just came back and I felt like I could throw any pitch when I needed to.”Giants reliever Ryan Littell committed a balk in the seventh to put runners on second and third. Cron, who led off with a single, scored on a grounder when he beat the throw home from second baseman Donovan Solano that tied it at 2.San Francisco scored its first run on a groundout in the second inning and added another in the fifth. Belt reached on a bloop double with two outs and scored on Kris Bryant’s single.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: INF Darin Ruf (right oblique strain) was planning on taking swings Sunday and is hopeful to come off the 10-day injured list on Thursday, the first day he is eligible.PAINFUL PITCHBelt was hit when he squared to bunt against reliever Lucas Gilbreath. He stayed in the game to run but Flores took over at first in the bottom of the inning.“He knows when the best way for him to get on base is to put a bunt down, he knows when the best way to get on base is to take pitches,” Kapler said. “Not surprised, thought it was a smart play against a tough lefty late in the game.”Belt’s absence was magnified when Flores’ error in the seventh contributed to the tying run.UP NEXTGiants: Kapler announced after the game that Logan Web (10-3, 3.04) will start Tuesday against Arizona to begin six home games against the Diamondbacks and San Diego to close the regular season.Rockies: RHP Germán Márquez (12-10, 4.32) will make his final home start of the season when Colorado opens a three-game series against the Washington Nationals on Monday.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Americans win Ryder Cup in a rout, send Europe a message

Americans win Ryder Cup in a rout, send Europe a message

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Steve Stricker hoisted the Ryder Cup, gold and glorious, for all to see. Then, he quickly huddled his young American team together to make sure all 12 players had their hands on it.Nine of them had never touched the 17-inch trophy in a moment of celebration.They don’t expect it to be the last time, either.More than just winning back the Ryder Cup on Sunday, the youngest U.S. team in history handed Europe its worst loss and delivered a strong message about how serious it is about changing the tone of these matches.Daniel Berger won the final hole in the final match for the final point in a 19-9 victory, breaking by a half-point the record margin since Europe became part of the Ryder Cup in 1979.“This is a new era,” Stricker said. “These guys are young. They want it. They’re motivated. They came here determined to win. I could see it in their eyes.”The six U.S. Ryder Cup rookies scored more points than all of Europe, combining for a 14-4-3 record. The Americans didn’t lose a session for the first time in 44 years. Dustin Johnson became the first American to go 5-0 since 1979.They had the best team on paper. They played even better on grass.“It’s not just the strongest U.S. team I’ve seen, but they all played well this week,” Lee Westwood said. “Everybody performed and turned up this week. Looks like they are a team.”The Americans finally looked like Europe, which has dominated the Ryder Cup by winning nine of the last 12 until getting routed along the shores of Lake Michigan.Staked to a six-point lead — no team has ever rallied from more than four points going into the last day — the Americans quickly filled the scoreboards with their red numbers.Scottie Scheffler took down the No. 1 player in the world with a 4-and-3 victory over Jon Rahm. Scheffler won the opening four holes and birdied five of the first six. He was among three rookies who were unbeaten this week.Bryson DeChambeau smashed his tee shot on the 373-yard opening hole onto the green and then holed the 40-foot eagle putt to start out his win over Sergio Garcia.The clinching blow came from Collin Morikawa, at 24 the youngest player on the team and already a two-time major champion. He made a 3-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole that assured the Americans at least the 14 1/2 points they needed.They wanted more.“I woke up this morning and I was trying to tell the guys, ‘Let’s get to 20 points,’ because this is going to be the next era of Ryder Cup team for the U.S. side,” Patrick Cantlay said after he completed an unbeaten week with a win over Shane Lowry.”We’ve got a lot of young guys. I think they’re going to be on teams for a long time, and I wanted to send a message.”Tony Finau had said on the eve of these matches that this was “the big one.” The Americans had so many fresh faces without any lasting scars from watching Europe celebrate so much over the years. It was a chance to change the culture, and this was a massive step.The gallery saved one of its loudest cheers for Stricker, the Wisconsin native who has been at the helm of two blowouts. He guided the U.S. team to a 19-11 victory in the Presidents Cup in 2017 and added his signature piece at Whistling Straits.Johnson became the first American since Larry Nelson in 1979 to win all five matches, completing his perfect week by beating Paul Casey in a match he never trailed.Casey, Matt Fitzpatrick and Bernd Wiesberger all failed to win a point. Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter, part of the backbone of European experience, didn’t win a match until singles, and by then it was too late.The Americans were young, yes, and very good, with four of the top five in the world ranking. And they finally played like it. Those four players — Johnson, Morikawa, Cantlay and Xander Schauffele — combined for a 14-1-2 record.Stricker wasn’t the only one in tears.McIlroy led Europe off again and gave Schauffele his first loss of the week. It wasn’t nearly enough. All day along the shores of Lake Michigan, the outcome was inevitable.McIlroy teared up in his interview when talking about how much the Ryder Cup means to him.“I’ve never really cried or got emotional over what I’ve done as an individual. I couldn’t give a (expletive),” he said on NBC. “But this team … to see Sergio break records, to see Jon Rahm come into his own this week, to see one of my best friends, Shane Lowry, make his Ryder Cup debut, all that. It’s phenomenal.“I’m disappointed that I didn’t contribute more this week,” he said. “But in two years’ time, we’ll go again and give it another so. Sorry for swearing, as well.”As much as this was about a new generation of Americans, this looked to be an aging team of Europeans. They brought winning experience but not nearly enough form.Garcia set the Ryder Cup record with 25 matches won in his career. Rahm was the star for Europe, living up to his billing as the No. 1 player by making so many big putts.Both lost in singles — Garcia to DeChambeau, while Rahm ran into Scheffler, who delivered big moments of his own this week.There was little Europe could have done. This U.S. team was loaded and played like it.“The U.S. were very strong,” European captain Padraig Harrington said. “Whatever their plan was, they got it right this week. A strong team, played well. Kept the momentum. And they would have been tough to beat at the best of times, let alone when they are at top form. It’s a great win for them.”The Americans won consecutive home games for the first time since 1983. The next step is winning on the road, which the Americans haven’t done since 1993.The Ryder Cup goes to Marco Simone in Italy in 2023.“If we play like we did this week,” Jordan Spieth said, “the score will look the same over there.”———More AP golf: https://apnews.com/hub/golf and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

A's edge AL West-leading Astros again on walk-off hit in 9th

A's edge AL West-leading Astros again on walk-off hit in 9th

Mark Canha hit an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics again beat Houston with their final swing, edging the AL West-leading Astros 4-3By MICHAEL WAGAMAN Associated PressSeptember 27, 2021, 12:38 AM• 5 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleOAKLAND, Calif. — Mark Canha hit an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics again beat Houston with their final swing, edging the AL West-leading Astros 4-3 Sunday.The A’s swept the three-game series to move up in the playoff chase. They began the day four games behind AL wild card co-leaders Boston and New York by four games, with Toronto and Seattle also in the mix.Alex Bregman homered for the Astros, whose magic number to clinch the division stayed at 2.“I’m glad we’ve got an off day tomorrow,” said Houston manager Dusty Baker, whose club ended a streak of 17 games in 17 days. “This was a tough series. Two walk-offs and the other game was close until the end. This was tough. It was real tough. Things will change, I know it.”A day after Starling Marte hit a game-ending double to beat Houston 2-1 — with Elvis Andrus breaking his leg as he scored his winning run — the A’s again struck in the ninth.Sean Murphy led off with a single against Ryne Stanek (3-5) and Vimael Machin’s bunt popped past diving first baseman Yuli Gurriel for a hit, a passed ball moved both runners up.Marte popped out and Matt Olson was intentionally walked before Ryan Pressly replaced Stanek. Canha, who had an RBI single in the seventh, hit Pressly’s first pitch off the wall in left-center.“I try not too look for pitches as much as just try to get into the flow of the at-bat and usually that means not swinging at the first pitch,” Canha said. “But this AB, I felt good. I said to myself, ‘If you see it well, let it rip.’ I just saw it well out of the hand.”The Astros missed a chance to take the lead in the ninth when Jose Siri was thrown out trying to score from first on Bregman’s bloop single. Siri, who reached on a one-out single, hesitated halfway to second, paused again as he headed to third, then was tagged out sliding into home following a strong relay throw from second baseman Tony Kemp.“He’s one of the fastest players in the big leagues and he’s super aggressive,” Bregman said if Siri. “I’ve seen him score on that play many times. I like the aggressiveness from him.”Baker said replays showed third base coach Omar Lopez initially wave Siri around before trying to stop him.“Maybe he took his eye off Omar,” Baker said. “These things are going to happen. I can’t fault him for exuberance. You have to pick up the coach the second time, that’s all.”Lou Trivino (7-7) retired three batters to win.“We’re getting big hits when we need to at this point,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “There’s a lot of desperation in what we’re doing right now.”Trailing 3-1, the A’s scored twice off the Astros bullpen in the seventh. Marte had an RBI groundout and Canha’s two-out infield single drove in pinch-runner Skye Bolt.Kemp finished with three hits.The Astros were held hitless through the first four innings by Paul Blackburn before Jason Castro reached on an infield single. Castro scored on Siri’s infield single two batters later.STARTING OFFBlackburn retired 14 of the first 15 batters he faced before the Astros broke up his no-hit bid. Blackburn allowed three hits and one run in five innings. Astros starter Jake Odorizzi gave up four hits and one run in four innings after being activated from the injured list before the game.A’S HONOR EQUIPMENT MANAGERLongtime A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich, who is retiring after 54 years with the team, was honored with a framed No. 54 jersey during a pregame ceremony. The team later announced that the home clubhouse at the Coliseum will be renamed after Vucinich.“I am overwhelmed and humbled,” Vucinich told the crowd. “I think I am rooted in Oakland as much as anybody.”TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: RHP Seth Martinez was optioned to the taxi squad.Athletics: 2B Josh Harrison left the game with an undisclosed injury after the fifth inning. … Andrus was placed on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left fibula suffered when he scored the winning run Saturday. It is unknown whether Andrus will require surgery. … INF Jed Lowrie was put on the IL with a sprained right wrist. … Reliever Sam Moll was activated from the paternity list. INF Vimael Machin was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento.UP NEXTAstros: Houston has an off day before RHP José Urquidy (8-3, 3.56 ERA) faces the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Urquidy has won his last four decisions.Athletics: LHP Cole Irvin (10-14, 3.99) faces the Mariners for the fifth time this season after losing the previous four against Seattle.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports