Springer HR lifts Astros after Aoki hit

The Associated Press

Houston’s Norichika Aoki celebrates after scoring against Oakland on Saturday.

The Associated PressOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After being held without a hit for six innings, Houston’s offense went to work.

George Springer hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning after Norichika Aoki put Houston ahead with one of his two RBIs, and the Astros rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 10-6 on Saturday.

“This team has no limits,” Astros starter Lance McCullers said. “This team is capable of putting seven, eight runs in an inning. That’s the kind of offensive power we have.”

Sean Manaea and Ryan Dull combined to pitch six hitless innings for Oakland, which led 5-0 before allowing two runs on two errors in the sixth to start Houston’s rally.

Aoki singled against Liam Hendricks leading off the seventh for Houston’s first hit and later scored on Alex Bregman’s single. Springer also scored that inning on a fielder’s choice.

In the eighth, Josh Reddick scored on Sean Doolittle’s wild pitch to make it 5-5 and Aoki hit a sacrifice fly for a one-run lead.

After Jake Marisnick’s infield single, Springer homered to left for an 8-5 edge. Will Harris (1-0) struck out two in a scoreless seventh to pick up the win.

Santiago Casilla (0-1) took the loss.

The game featured a combined 12 pitchers, 12 walks, 20 strikeouts, two costly errors on the same play and a wild pitch.


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