first_img Fresh off a game-finishing hit, Marcus Semien gave the Oakland Athletics a fast start.Semien homered in the first after hitting a walkoff single to end a 13-inning win 15 hours earlier, and the A’s beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Saturday for their eighth straight victory.“A lot of our games have been close but we’re playing good defense, timely hitting. The pitching’s been very consistent, it’s almost surprising when we give up runs,” Semien said. “That’s a good sign. I think we’re playing good ball, regardless of the batting averages up there, whatever, we’re doing what we have to do to win games.”Frankie Montas (2-1) pitched seven shutout innings, allowing two hits without walking a batter and striking out five for the AL West-leading A’s.The three-time reigning division champion Astros lost their fourth in a row. The last three defeats have been by a total of four runs.Semien became the first player in A’s franchise history with a game-ending hit and a leadoff homer on back-to-back days. He delivered again after singling home the winning run in the bottom of the 13th of a 3-2 win in Friday night’s series opener.Matt Chapman homered in the eighth and added an RBI groundout in the sixth as Oakland (11-4) matched the 2014 club for the best record through 15 games over the last 30 years.“It’s huge,” Montas said of taking the first two from the Astros.The rivals each received much-needed long outings from their starters with bullpens depleted.Jake Diekman pitched one scoreless inning of relief. Liam Hendriks surrendered Alex Bregman’s one-out RBI single in the ninth before finishing for his fifth save in six chances as the Astros avoided their first shutout.Houston starter Framber Valdéz (0-2) gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out nine with one walk over seven innings. He threw 103 pitches for the most by a Houston starter this season.The Astros’ bullpen was several pitchers short after the long game Friday, so manager Dusty Baker appreciated Valdéz’s work to put the Houston pitchers in improved position for Sunday’s series finale.“We’re limping right now. Things aren’t going our way,” Baker said. “We’re not getting any sympathy and don’t want any from anybody.”GREINKE’S SEATZack Greinke had a nice seat between innings of his Friday night start — the Houston pitcher sat in the stands, with the cutouts.“It’s great. Really nice. I would prefer to be able to sit in more places, more spread out,” he said. “Right now they kind of have us kind of close to each other in the stands. I just find a way to get a little bit farther out of the way.”TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: CF George Springer missed his second straight game after suffering a sprained right wrist diving for a ball during Thursday’s loss at Arizona. “He’s about the same, it’s only been 12 hours,” Baker said. “I know he’s Superman, but he’s not ready. … He’s not playable.” … RHP Justin Verlander (Tommy John surgery) isn’t progressing as quickly as the pitcher would like, Baker said, but that’s just the ace’s style considering he “wanted to pitch yesterday,” Baker said.UP NEXTA’s rookie left-hander Jesus Luzardo (0-0, 2.31 ERA) makes his second career start after pitching five scoreless innings Tuesday vs. Texas in his starting debut. Cristian Javier (1-0, 1.42) counters for Houston.Image credits: AP Written By Associated Press Television News WATCH US LIVE First Published: 9th August, 2020 06:57 IST LIVE TVcenter_img FOLLOW US COMMENT Last Updated: 9th August, 2020 06:57 IST Semien Delivers Again Vs Astros; A’s Win 8th In Row Semien homered in the first after hitting a walkoff single to end a 13-inning win 15 hours earlier, and the A’s beat the Houston Astros 3-1 on Saturday for their eighth straight victory SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more

first_imgLast Updated: 24th August, 2020 20:34 IST Usain Bolt Tests Positive For COVID-19; Had Attended A Party With Gayle, Sterling: Report A Jamaican report claimed that Usain Bolt took a test for the Coronavirus a few days back, results of which came on Sunday, confirming that he had been infected Days after celebrating his 34th birthday, Usain Bolt has tested COVID-19 positive, as per a report. A radio station in Jamaica has reported that Bolt took a test for the Coronavirus a few days back, results of which came on Sunday, confirming that he had been infected. The Jamaican has been isolated and is yet to comment on the same. Usain Bolt tests COVID positiveAs per reports, Bolt – the fastest man on Earth – had attended a surprise birthday party on August 21. The party was attended by several celebrities including Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, Bayer Leverkusen attacker Leon Bailey and veteran West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle. Jamaica has reported a total of 1,413 cases of Coronavirus so far and 16 deaths have also been recorded from the deadly disease.   READ | ON THIS DAY: Usain Bolt Posts His First 100 Metres World RecordUsain Bolt, a former sprinter, has represented Jamaica at the highest level in athletics. Bolt holds the world record for being the fastest in 100 metres, 200 metres and 4 × 100 metres relay. An eight-time Olympic gold medallist, Bolt is the only sprinter to win Olympic 100 m and 200 m titles at three consecutive Olympics. Nicknamed the ‘Lightning Bolt,’ Bolt sprinted 100 metres in just 9.58 seconds in 2009 breaking his own record and making him the fastest man on Earth, a record which is yet to be broken. READ | Alphonso Davies Labelled “Usain Bolt Of Football” By Awestruck Rio FerdinandREAD | Usain Bolt Drops First Photo Of Baby Daughter; her Name Has ‘lightning’ & Olympic Connect 2 weeks ago Trump to announce a ‘major therapeutic breakthrough’ regarding coronavirus today 2 weeks ago Irish EU Representative Hogan apologises for violating coronavirus restrictions LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 24th August, 2020 20:34 IST FOLLOW US Jitesh Vachhatani center_img 2 weeks ago Alphonso Davies labelled “Usain Bolt of football” by awestruck Rio Ferdinand WE RECOMMEND COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Written By 2 weeks ago South Korea tightens restrictions amid surge in coronavirus cases 2 weeks ago Barcelona confirm newly-signed Miralem Pjanic has tested positive for coronaviruslast_img read more