HOUSTON (AP) - Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 12, George Springer singled home the tying run in his return from a leg injury that caused him to miss four games and the Houston Astros rallied past Oakland 9-4 Friday night to send the Athletics to their fifth straight loss. Houston took a 6-4 lead in the fifth on Evan Gattis' RBI single and Alex Bregman's sacrifice fly. Carlos Beltran had reached on a throwing error by second baseman Jed Lowrie, one of a season-high three errors by the A's that led to three unearned runs against Jharel Cotton.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Albert Pujols hit a tiebreaking three-run home run in the eighth inning for the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-3 victory over the Texas Rangers Friday night. Jose Alvarez worked a perfect ninth, getting his first save in his 157th career game.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) - The Cowboys remained focused on defense in the NFL draft, shifting to pass coverage Friday after trying to boost the pass rush with their first pick. Dallas selected Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie 60th overall in the second round. In the third round they selected Jourdan Lewis, a Michigan teammate of Dallas' first-round choice, defensive end Taco Charlton. Lewis has a domestic violence charge pending in Michigan.
HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Texans opened with defense in the second round of the NFL draft, selecting Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham with the 57th overall pick on Friday night, and then turned to offense. Houston added Texas running back D'Onta Foreman in the third round with the 89th pick. In Cunningham, they get a player who piled up 295 career tackles, including 39 1/2 for losses and forced in a three-year career with the Commodores.
TORONTO (AP) - Jozy Altidore scored twice in the first half and Toronto FC cruised to a 2-0 win over Houston on Friday night, adding to the Dynamo's woes away from home. Houston is still looking for its first away victory of the year.
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