HOUSTON (AP) — Brad Ausmus drove in his fourth run of the night with the game-winning single in the 11th inning, and the Houston Astros overcame another blown save by Brad Lidge to beat the Oakland A’s, 5-4, Tuesday night.
Ausmus also had an RBI double and a two-run homer, though none of that mattered when Mark Kotsay led off the ninth inning with a homer off Lidge, who was trying to close out a game for the first time since April, when manager Phil Garner demoted him from the role.
Lidge had pitched well lately as a setup man, allowing only one earned run in his last 19 2-3 innings. He’s 0-for-3 on save opportunities this season.
Kotsay hit Lidge’s third pitch into the right-field seats for his first home run of the season. Kotsay went 4-for-5, his best game since coming off the disabled list on June 1.
Adam Everett doubled with one out in the 11th before Ausmus singled off Ron Flores (0-1). Jason Kendall’s throw to the plate was off line as Everett slid across the plate.
The Astros won for only the third time in seven games, and Oakland lost for only the second time in its last 10.