OAKLAND -- Coco Crisp hit a game-tying triple in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros. As he rounded second base and headed toward third he looked like he was moving as fast as an Olympic sprinter.
It's hard to believe he was the same guy that was hobbling around in the days prior with a strained left groin. Even though Crisp is looking much better, he will be getting the day off on Wednesday. The A's play a day game and will have an off-day on Thursday. A's manager Bob Melvin wants to play it safe with his veteran leadoff hitter.
[RECAP: A's 4, Astros 3]
Crisp extended his hitting streak to 11 games in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Astros and is one of the most important players on the team.
The A's will also be without first baseman Brandon Moss. He and his wife Allison welcomed their second son, Brody Dylan Moss, to the family on Tuesday. He weighed seven pounds and nine ounces.
Moss is on the paternity list and is expected to fly to Tampa Bay with the team on Thursday..
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With Moss off the roster, his spot went to outfielder Shane Peterson, who made a run-saving catch while playing first base Tuesday that turned the momentum of the game in the A's favor. With the bases loaded and two outs in the third inning, Peterson made a head-first diving grab to end the inning. A's starting pitcher A.J. Griffin was reeling at that point in the game, and he completely turned it around after Peterson's catch.
"Obviously that was a huge play," third baseman Josh Donaldson said. "You never know how the game will end up turning around if they score those runs there, but he definitely did make a game-saving play."
Defensive efforts like that seem to spark the A's. They rallied and won the game after Peterson's play. Rallying after a defensive game-changer was one of the hallmarks of the A's in 2012, as they captured the division title.
"I think it's just one of those things where the staff and everybody here takes so much pride in playing good defense, because we want to be back there for our pitchers," Donaldson said. "They've had some early frustrations, but that's where our defense can help pick them up."
Donaldson hit one of the A's three triples on Tuesday. The three triples tie an A's record. The last time they did it was Aug. 3, 2012. It was the seventh time in Oakland history that it has happened.
The A's have now won 10 games in a row against the American League West. Their 11-4 record is the best through 15 games since 1990 when they started 12-3. So far, their A.L. West title defense has gone according to plan.