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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Oakland Athletics edge the Houston Astros 2-1 on Saturday.

Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie homered as the A's won for the seventh time in nine games to remain on top of the AL West. They began the day with a half-game lead over Texas.

Straily (9-7) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked one. Sean Doolittle got four outs for his first save in four chances, completing the five-hitter.

Brandon Barnes had a run-scoring fielder's choice in the eighth for Houston's only run.

Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer (4-2) pitched six stellar innings, allowing one run and seven hits.