OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Lyles was more nervous watching the last two innings than he was pitching the first seven. He finally relaxed after Chia-Jen Lo got the final out.
Lyles won for the first time in nearly two months, Brandon Barnes doubled twice and drove in two runs, and the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 Tuesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
"It was nerve-racking in here watching the game," Lyles said. "Me and a few other guys were going a little crazy. It's way more nerve-racking to watch a game you've pitched in than to be out there."
Lyles had to wait out a possible game-winning home run before he could breathe easy.
With a runner on first base in the ninth, Chris Young hit an 0-1 pitch from Lo down the left field line. The ball curved just outside the foul pole and third base umpire Doug Eddings immediately ruled it foul.
After A's manager Bob Melvin came out to argue the call, the four umpires went underneath the stands to review the play before confirming the original ruling.
"I was able to see it a couple times on replay and knew we were OK," Lyles said.
Juan Castro singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 11 games, scored a run and added a sacrifice fly for Houston. Matt Dominguez added two hits, including one of four doubles off A's starter Bartolo Colon, who lost in his second bid to become the first pitcher in major league history to win 15 games with four American League teams.
"I knew if the ball goes foul, we had a chance to win," Barnes said. "Any time you put up a good game, beat up the starting pitcher a little bit and get into the bullpen, you have a chance."
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