A’s beat Astros, hand Greinke first loss

Robbie Grossman broke a sixth-inning tie with an RBI single and Khris Davis drove in two runs, one with his first home run in more than a month, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 4-2 victory over the visiting Houston Astros in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon.The A’s (25-14), who were the designated road team in the opener because it was the make-up of a postponement Aug. 30 in Houston, were to bat last in the second game against the Astros (21-21).After a two-run homer by Houston’s Michael Brantley in the fifth inning offset a two-run Oakland uprising in the third, the A’s scored the decisive runs off Astros right-hander Zack Greinke (3-1) following a Ramon Laureano double to open the sixth.With one out, Grossman singled to center to break the tie. After a second out, Davis launched a double to right-center to plate Grossman and make it 4-2.The two-RBI day was just the third of the season for Davis, who had a pair of them consecutively on Aug. 3 at Seattle and Aug. 6 against Texas.The homer was just Davis’ second of the season, with the first having come on that two-RBI day against the Mariners on Aug. 3. It opened the third inning as Greinke and A’s right-hander Frankie Montas (3-3) were locked in dueling shutouts to that point.Oakland scored a second run in the inning when Chad Pinder reached on an infield single, Tommy La Stella walked and, with two outs, Laureano singled home Pinder.Montas had allowed four hits, including a pair of Brantley doubles, but no runs until the fifth. Then the Houston left fielder struck again, this time for his fourth homer of the season after a George Springer single to produce a 2-2 tie.