Athletics get past Astros with walk-off single in 9th

Ramon Laureano, suspended earlier this season for charging the Houston Astros’ dugout, got a measure of revenge Wednesday night with a two-out, walk-off single in the ninth inning, giving the host Oakland Athletics a 3-2 win in a matchup of the American League West’s top two teams.The win was the third in four days for the A’s (26-15) over the Astros (22-22), pushing the Oakland advantage to 5 1/2 games atop the division.The clubs conclude a five-game set and their 10-game season series on Thursday afternoon.After the A’s had erased a 2-0 deficit with a two-run seventh, Oakland caught a break when Astros closer Ryan Presley (1-2) walked Sean Murphy and then hit Tony Kemp with a pitch to open the ninth.After two infield outs left runners at first and second, Laureano launched a Presley pitch deep into left-center field, sending Tommy La Stella home with the game-winner and Oakland’s fifth walk-off win of the season.A’s closer Liam Hendriks (3-0) got the win after working a 1-2-3 top of the ninth.The Astros took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh before a pair of walks and a two-out, two-run double by La Stella off Houston’s fourth pitcher, Josh James, tied the game.Luzardo and Astros starter, Luis Garcia, then matched zeroes until Yuli Gurriel doubled the Houston advantage with a solo shot in the sixth, his sixth of the season.