OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jose Altuve had two hits and drove in a run to back a stellar outing by Brad Peacock, and the Houston Astros beat Oakland 3-2 last night to knock the Athletics out of first place in the AL West. Peacock, part of the offseason trade that sent infielder Jed Lowrie to the A's, had no trouble handling Oakland in the third start against his former club. He carried a shutout into the eighth inning, finishing with nine strikeouts and one walk.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt broke out of a slump with two hits and two RBIs to help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 4-2 last night. Martin Prado and Aaron Hill also drove in runs for the Diamondbacks, who won their second straight after losing five of their previous six. Miguel Montero added two hits.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Collin Cowgill hit a three-run double, one of 11 hits the Los Angeles Angels got against reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price, and Jerome Williams ended a streak of eight straight losing decisions in a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays last night. Williams allowed two runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings, struck out seven and walked two as the Angels earned a split of the four-game series. Price was charged with six runs while striking out six.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Taylor Kelly threw for 300 yards and matched a career high with five touchdown passes before sitting out most of the second half, helping Arizona State open its second season with a 55-0 rout over Sacramento State last night. The Sun Devils scored on their first five possessions while building a 42-0 halftime lead. Marion Grice had a pair of touchdowns and finished with 117 total yards.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics activated catcher Derek Norris from the disabled list yesterday. Norris had been out since Aug. 20 with a broken left big toe. He spent three games in the minors on a rehab assignment, hitting .429 with two home runs and four RBIs.