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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Doug Fister and catcher came up with a game plan before beating the Oakland Athle tics on Wednesday, and it wasn complicated.

“We going to attack these guys,” the right hander said.

The strategy worked to perfection, as Fister pitched seven strong innings and continued his torrid hitting as the Houston Astros jerseys defeated the A 7 0.

Fister (10 6) struck out five and allowed four hits and two walks as he continued his mastery of Oakland. He 3 1 with a 0.99 ERA in four starts against the A this season.

“Seeing them a lot, they know what we do and we know what they do,” Fister said. “It just comes down to execution, and I was going to fill the zone up.”

The A who had won four of five since the All Star break and took their second straight series, failed to advance a runner past second base against Fister.

They moved just three runners into scoring position (one on a two base error). Hinch said.

“When he executes it really doesn matter what the other lineup is.”

Altuve was 2 for 3 with two walks. Baseball leading hitter is 12 for his last 17 in his last four games.

“He really the centerpiece of our lineup now that he batting third, in the sort of famous position that baseball loves,” Hinch said, noting that Altuve improving in every area, including his leadership.

“He a truly a superstar in this game that I think more people are getting to know the more we play well.”

The Astros jerseys, who had lost three of four, scored two runs in the second with two outs and nobody on base when five batters reached safely against A starter (1 5).

Mengden struck out five and allowed three runs, five hits and five walks in five innings. He recovered from a shaky start, blanking the Astros jerseys over the last three innings.

“He still trying to find his rhythm again,” A manager Bob Melvin said of Mengden. “It was better the last couple of innings, but command has been his issue. Basically with all (four of) his pitches we saw him really fine.

“I think he getting behind and still trying to jam all four pitches in there as opposed to trying to establish one or two early. Certainly when everything is going well it easy to do. When it not maybe you have to simplify a little bit.”

Fister is 9 3 over his last 15 starts going back to May 1. The Astros jerseys are 12 3 over that stretch.

, who settling into his role as the Astros jerseys cleanup hitter, was 1 for 2 with three walks and three RBIs.

and both had two hits including a double and Castro added a run scoring triple as the Astros jerseys combined for 10 hits.

had two of Oakland four hits and allowed no hits in two shutout innings in relief of Mengden.


The Astros jerseys and A rank at or near the bottom in virtually every meaningful offensive category out of the designated hitter spot. The Astros jerseys .186 and the A .205 batting averages going into Wednesday were the league two worst. The A DH were tied with the Chicago White Sox jerseys with the fewest home runs (8) and alone at the bottom with 33 RBIs. Houston DH ranked third and fourth worst in the league with 38 RBIs and 11 home runs.


The A cheap jerseys recalled utilityman from Triple A Nashville before Wednesday game and in a corresponding move optioned LHP to Nashville.