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HOUSTON -- For a second time in three games, the Houston Astros relied on late-inning offense to lead the way to victory, with their 10-9 win Friday night squaring their series with the Oakland Athletics in improbable fashion.The Astros (47-40) went from three runs ahead entering the ninth inning to trailing by two runs entering their final at-bat before third baseman Luis Valbuena continued what has been a torrid homestand with his third upper-deck homer this week, a walk-off, three-run shot off Athletics closer Ryan Madson.For Valbuena, it was his 12th home run this season -- all since May 7. He finished 3-for-5 with four RBI and after being below the Mendoza Line as late as May 22, Valbuena is batting .328 with 10 homers and 26 RBI in the 39 games since.I love the way he conducts his at-bats, Astros manager A.J. Hinch said of Valbuena. Even his empty at-bats are usually inside the strike zone, they are battled over a number of pitches. And hes been doing this for a while. This isnt like a good homestand or a good stretch. This is a good player whos found a comfort zone where he feels good at the plate.Thanks in large part to Valbuena the Astros are in position to earn at least a series split with a win on Saturday. Right-hander Lance McCullers (4-2, 3.57 ERA) will make his third career start against the Athletics, against whom he is 1-0 with a 2.31 ERA. On June 5, McCullers allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks with nine strikeouts in seven innings in a 5-2 win over Oakland.In his previous start, McCullers recorded 10 strikeouts against the Mariners and joined right-handers Don Wilson and Tom Griffin as the only pitchers in club history with four double-digit strikeouts games in their first 31 starts. Per ESPN.com, McCullers induced a career-high 18 swings-and-misses on his curveball, the second-most by any pitcher on that pitch in the past eight seasons behind A.J. Burnett (23 in 2013).Athletics right-hander Kendall Graveman (4-6, 4.57 ERA) is 3-0 with a 3.63 ERA over his last seven starts, his three-game winning streak matching a career high set June 24-July 4, 2015. Graveman has allowed just two home runs during his streak (0.45 per nine innings) after allowing 10 over his first nine starts of the season (1.91 per nine).Graveman, 3-3 with a 5.72 ERA in 10 road starts, is 1-1 with a 6.91 ERA in three career appearances (all starts) against the Astros. He did not factor in the decision in his only start against Houston this season, allowing five runs on seven hits and one walk with one strikeout over 4 1/3 innings in a 6-5 Athletics loss on June 4 at Minute Maid Park.The Athletics (37-50) are hopeful Graveman can provide the momentum right-hander Daniel Mengden failed to deliver on Friday night. After a promising start, Mengden collapsed in the fifth inning in what was his first professional start in his hometown.Mengden, a product of Houston Westside High School and Texas A&M, had more than 100 friends and family at the game. A former Astros farmhand, Mengden played with current Astros Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers and A.J. Reed in the minors. He took a deflected line drive off the chest in the fourth inning.Those are always nerve-wracking, Mengden said. Never fun. One of the fears of a pitcher is to have one come at your head or body like that. Maybe it affected me, maybe it didnt. I dont know. Adam Shaheen Jersey. Duchene scored two goals and had an assist, helping the Colorado Avalanche beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2 on Friday night to match the best 10-game start in team history. Adam Shaheen Womens Jersey. 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