07/24 00:40 CDT Cespedes hits 2 HRs, A's hold off Astros 9-7
Cespedes hits 2 HRs, A's hold off Astros 9-7
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) --- Yoenis Cespedes homered twice and tied a career high
with five RBIs before leaving with an apparent right thumb injury, and the
Oakland Athletics held off the Houston Astros 9-7 on Wednesday night.
The two-time reigning Home Run Derby champion hit a three-run drive in the
second inning and a two-run shot in the fourth off Brad Peacock (3-7) for his
15th and 16th homers this season. Cespedes snapped a 25-game skid --- matching
his career high --- since his last long ball June 19 against Boston.
Cespedes was replaced in left field with the A's leading 8-1 in the seventh.
But the Astros almost pulled off an improbable comeback, scoring five runs in
the eighth before the back of Oakland's bullpen shut them down.