Vogt, A’s wrap up shaky first half by beating Astros

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Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt hits a RBI single during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)


HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Vogt hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics wrapped up a shaky first half by beating the Houston Astros 4-3.

Ramón Laureano homered for the A’s, who went into the All-Star break at 32-61, the worst record in the AL.

This is their first season under manager Mark Kotsay. Kyle Tucker and Jeremy Peña homered for Houston, which holds the second-best record in the AL at 59-32. Manager Dusty Baker’s club won the pennant last year but lost the World Series to Atlanta.