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Murphy, Semien HR; Luzardo sharp in debut as A's beat Astros. MORE:

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Murphy, Semien HR; Luzardo sharp in debut as A's beat Astros. MORE:

Sean Murphy and Marcus Semien homered, hyped pitching prospect Jesús Luzardo looked sharp in his major league debut, and the Athletics beat the Houston Astros 5-3.

Jesus Luzardo , The Canadian PressHOUSTON — Two players key to Oakland's future helped lead the Athletics to an important win.Sean Murphy andMarcus Semienhomered, hyped pitching prospect Jesús Luzardo looked sharp in his major league debut, and the Athletics beat the Houston Astros 5-3.

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"What we are seeing from (Luzardo) and Murph and what we feel like is going to be a bright future is coming along pretty quickly here," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.Oakland won for the fourth time in five games. The A's closed within a half-game of Tampa Bay for the top AL wild card and stand a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the second spot.

Houston fell a half-game back of the New York Yankees for the best record in the majors. New York's scheduled game with Detroit was postponed.Luzardo was promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday. He allowed one hit in three innings — a solo homer to

Martin Maldonado— and struck out two."It's a tough spot to put him in," Melvin said."He knew today he was coming in in the sixth and wasn't sure how long he'd pitch, but our plan was to try to get him through the eighth. He gives up a solo home run and other than that, gives up swings and misses, bad swings, used all his pitches, throws 97 (mph). Didn't look like he was afraid of the moment. It was pretty cool."

The hard-throwing left-hander retired his final seven batters, a promising sign that the starting pitching prospect could make an October impact as a reliever."Once I went back out for the second, I got into a groove, and all my pitches were working," Luzardo said."I was happy that I was able to get all three of them over the plate."

Astros starter Jose Urquidy struck out 10 and pitched one-hit, one-run ball over five innings before the A's got to the bullpen."I felt really good with all my pitches," Urquidy said."I think I was good with my breaking balls and my fastballs, too, and that's what worked for me."

Semien hit his career-high 28th home run leading off the fourth, and Murphy homered leading off a four-run sixth inning beforeMatt Olsonhit a two-run double, all off Josh James (5-1).Khris Daviscapped the sixth with an RBI single to up the lead to 5-2.

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"I was just looking for something over the plate," Murphy said."I saw his slider on the first pitch, so I kind of had a read on it. I was just wanting him to throw it more toward the middle for me. He did. I was able to get the barrel on it."

James said he got out of his delivery and got a bit long, and by the time he realized it, it was too late.Houston manager AJ Hinch said the bad inning started with the homer to Murphy."The inning unraveled with the two-strike homer to Murphy on a breaking ball that wasn't really executed," Hinch said."I think if he throws a good one, he's got a chance. He's punched out a lot of guys since he's come off the injured list but tonight that inning got away from us a little bit."

Aledmys Díaz gave Houston a 2-1 lead in the fourth with an RBI double, but after loading the bases, Oakland starterBrett Andersongot out of further trouble by inducing an inning-ending double play from Myles Straw.Astros starmatched a career high with his 34th home run, a solo shot in the third.

Anderson (12-9) yielded two runs and seven hits with four strikeouts in five innings.Liam Hendrikspitched the ninth for his 20th save.TRAINER'S ROOMAthletics: OF Ramón Laureano returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games with cramps in his right leg. He went 0 for 3 with a walk and made a nice throw from right field to get

Jose Altuveat the plate in the fifth.Astros: 1BYuli Gurriel, who left Friday's game with a sore left hamstring, could return to the lineup as soon as Friday, manager AJ Hinch said.HE SAID IT"It's really impressive. The command, the poise for how young he is. The overall stuff is phenomenal. Anytime you can have a lefty throw 98 (mph) and throw strikes, it's always a plus," Anderson said of Luzardo.

UP NEXTAthletics: RHPHomer Bailey(12-8, 4.87 ERA) starts the finale of the four-game series on Thursday looking to continue his recent success after going 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA over his last five starts.Astros: RHPJustin Verlander(18-5, 2.52) has won three straight starts, allowing one run over 21 1/3 innings during that span.

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