ST. LOUIS (AP) – George Springer led off the game with a home run, Jose Altuve and rookie Yordan Alvarez also connected and the Houston Astros beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-2. The Astros have won nine of 11, including two of three in this inter-league matchup of division leaders. Paul Goldschmidt’s team record-tying streak of six straight games with a home run ended for St. Louis. He singled in five at-bats.
Marcus Semien homered and scored the game-winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 6-5. Texas led 5-4 in the ninth with José Leclerc pitching for a third straight day, seeking his sixth save. Leclerc walked Khris Davis with the bases loaded and one out after Matt Olson singled in Chris Hermann with the tying run.