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A's notes: Khris Davis continues to own Astros ace Justin Verlander

A's notes: Khris Davis continues to own Astros ace Justin Verlander

OAKLAND — Justin Verlander has made a lot of good hitters look silly over the years. Khris Davis is not one of them.

The A's slugger belted two home runs off Verlander, followed by a single, improving to 6-for-11 with four home runs in his career against the former MVP.

This was Davis' 21st career multi-homer game, and his sixth this season, tied for third most in Oakland history behind Reggie Jackson (eight), Jose Canseco (seven), and Mark McGwire (seven). Davis also set a career high with his eighth three-hit game of the season.

--- Despite allowing four earned runs, Verlander earned his 200th career win. He joins Bartolo Colon and CC Sabathia as the only active pitchers with at least 200 wins and 2,500 strikeouts.

--- The five home runs allowed by the A's tied a season high. Oakland also gave up five home runs June 5 at Texas.

--- The nine runs allowed by the A's were their most in a game since July 24 at Texas, a 13-10 win in 10 innings.

--- Sean Manaea allowed six runs, tying his season high. He gave up nine hits, also tying a season high.

--- Matt Olson went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games, tying a career high.

--- Mark Canha is 0 for his last 11 at the plate. He is batting .125 (5-for-40) in the month of August.

--- Jonathan Lucroy snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a base hit in the seventh inning. He is batting .189 (7-for-37) in August.

A's fall back to second in AL West after loss in finale to Astros

A's fall back to second in AL West after loss in finale to Astros

OAKLAND — Yuli Gurriel, Evan Gattis, Martin Maldonado, Alex Bregman, and Marwin Gonzalez all homered, and the Astros salvaged the series finale against the A's with a 9-4 win. Maldonado also came a single shy of hitting for the cycle.

The A's belted three home runs of their own, two from Khris Davis and another from Matt Chapman, but that was all the offense they could muster. The loss drops Oakland to 74-50, one game behind Houston in the AL West. The A's remain 3 1/2 games ahead of Seattle for the second Wild Card spot, thanks to the Dodgers' win over the Mariners.

Here's what else you need to know from Sunday's defeat...

--- Davis officially owns Justin Verlander. Following his three-hit, two-home run performance Sunday, Davis is 6-for-11 with four home runs and a double in his career against the former MVP. Davis now has six multi-home run games this season and 21 in his career. He ranks third in MLB with 36 home runs and second with 98 RBI.

--- Chapman's home run was his 17th of the season. He hit it to dead center field off Verlander in the first inning. Chapman is batting .311 in August, with four homers and 10 RBI, raising his season average to .276.

--- Sean Manaea had a rough outing, lasting just four innings and allowing six earned runs on nine hits. Manaea started out well, retiring seven of the first eight Astros he faced, but got knocked around his second time through the lineup. The A's left-hander falls to 11-9 on the season with a 3.70 ERA.

--- Lou Trivino had a strong bounce-back performance, pitching a perfect fifth inning. Trivino entered with runners on first and second, but induced a Gurriel double play and Carlos Correa flyout to strand the runners. After a spectacular first half of the season, Trivino had allowed four earned runs in his previous 4 2/3 innings, prompting some questions about fatigue. But his velocity has remained high, and he looked like the old Trivino Sunday.

Chase d'Pitcher? Watch the infielder take the mound for Giants in blowout loss

Chase d'Pitcher? Watch the infielder take the mound for Giants in blowout loss

On April 28, Pablo Sandoval took the mound in a Giants blowout and pitched a perfect inning against the Dodgers.

Nearly four months later, Chase d'Arnaud was called on to pitch in a lost-cause game and almost matched Sandoval.

With the Giants trailing 11-4 in Cincinnati on Sunday, Bruce Bochy had d'Arnaud pitch the bottom of the eighth inning.

The first batter d'Arnaud faced, All-Star third baseman Eugenio Suarez, flew out to right field. Reds right fielder Phillip Ervin ruined d'Arnaud's big for a perfect inning by singling to right. Pinch hitter Preston Tucker followed by flying out to center field. d'Arnaud retired the side by getting second baseman Dilson Herrera to fly out to right field.

Watch the highlights from d'Arnaud's inning of work above.