OAKLAND -- The Astros only needed Colby Rasmus' RBI sacrifice fly and two hits, including Jose Altuve's leadoff solo home run, to dodge a three-game series sweep and edge the A's, 2-1, on Sunday at the Coliseum.
Houston starter Doug Fister (2-3) allowed one run and scattered seven hits across 6 2/3 innings, picking up a victory in a game that could have gone either way, as the A's outhit the Astros, 8 to 2.
Willie Bans is a contributor to MLB.com based in Oakland.
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Astros on Sunday.
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