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HOUSTON -- Chris Young has had a tough start to the season, with a sub-.200 batting average and was 0 for 5 entering Fridays game. Turns out that his slump was nothing a trip home and belly full of moms barbecue couldnt cure. Young connected on a three-run homer in the ninth inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. "Moms cooking definitely has something to do with it for sure," said Young, who grew up in Houston and spent an off day Thursday with his family. "Barbecue, just good old Texas southern barbeque. It always does the trick for me." Young is hitting just .189 this season. But hes a career .418 hitter at Minute Maid Park with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 19 games in his hometown. Manager Bob Melvin, who also saw Young thrive in Houston when he played for him in Arizona, wasnt surprised by his performance on Friday. "Hes got quite a track record here in this ballpark," Melvin said. "It seems like every time he comes here whether hes not swinging all that well or he is he ends up doing some big things here." The As trailed 5-3 before closer Jose Veras (0-3) walked two of the first three batters of the inning to set the table for Young. He turned on a curveball to put Oakland up 6-5. "I didnt make the pitch that I was supposed to make, and then I paid for it," Veras said. "You fall behind, fall behind, and then youve got to pay one day." Young stood at the plate for a couple of seconds admiring the towering shot before heading to first base. He raised both arms and pointed to the section where about 50 friends and relatives were sitting before heading into the dugout after reaching home plate. "Its nice to have the whole family in the stands," he said. "Its one of the places where you feel a lot of love, a lot of support. Houstons always treated me well, I like coming home so its partly that and partly the yard plays pretty good for my swing." Seth Smith had a solo pinch-hit homer for Oakland in the sixth inning. Pat Neshek (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and Grant Balfour walked two in the ninth before getting his 10th save. He has converted 28 straight save opportunities since last season. J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and Matt Dominguez also homered in a five-run fifth inning for the Astros, who fell to 0-7 against Oakland this season. The Athletics were up by two before Dominguez got Houstons big fifth inning going with his first-pitch home run off Tommy Milone. Jose Altuve tied it with an RBI single before Martinez homered for the second straight game to give the Astros a 5-2 lead. Houston starter Erik Bedard yielded four hits and two runs in five innings. He gave up both runs in the first inning before settling down. Milone became the fourth straight Oakland starter to last seven innings. He gave up eight hits and five runs with six strikeouts. By scoring five runs, the Astros ended a streak of Oakland allowing three or fewer runs in six straight games. Coco Crisp drew a leadoff walk before Young extended his hitting streak against the Astros to 15 games with a single. An RBI single by Yoenis Cespedes put Oakland up 1-0. Bedard then plunked Josh Donaldson before retiring Derek Norris for the first out. Luke Montz then grounded into a force out and Young scored to make it 2-0. Houston couldnt do much against Milone early and he retired 14 of the first 16 batters he faced. He struck out the first two batters of the fifth inning before Dominguez launched his fifth homer of the season to the back of the Crawford Boxes to cut the lead to 2-1. It was the first of five consecutive hits for the Astros. Ronny Cedeno and Robbie Grossman hit back-to-back singles before Jose Altuve snapped an 0 for 18 slump with an RBI single to tie it at 2-all. Second baseman Eric Sogard almost ended the inning on Cedenos hit, but the ball dropped just out of his reach after he sprinted and slid to try and snag it in shallow centre field. Martinez gave the Astros a 5-2 lead with his three-run shot. It was Martinezs second consecutive game with a home run after he hit a two-run shot in Houstons win over the Royals on Wednesday. Milone finally escaped the inning when Carlos Corporan grounded out. "Really I never even thought about getting anybody up at that point he had been pitching so well and it happened so quickly," Melvin said of the fifth inning. "But its a little unlike him because he usually can stem the tide and keep from having the big inning like that. It just wasnt the case tonight." Paul Clemens replaced Bedard for the sixth inning and Smith greeted him with a pinch-hit homer to get Oakland within 5-3. It was the sixth pinch-hit homer of Smiths career and the second by Oakland this season. Young had a single in the seventh inning and that and his homer were Oaklands only hits after Smiths homer. Young also had a three-run homer in his last appearance at Minute Maid Park to help the As to a 9-3 win on April 7. NOTES: Los Angeles Clippers centre DeAndre Jordan, who is from Houston, threw out the first pitch. ... The series continues on Saturday when Oaklands A.J. Griffin faces Lucas Harrell. ... Oakland SS Jed Lowrie was out of the lineup for a second straight game after being hit by a pitch on his right foot on Tuesday night. Melvin said he was feeling better Friday and that the injury wasnt something that would put him on the disabled list. ... Houston OF Justin Maxwell, on the disabled list with a broken bone in his left hand, took about 20 swings in batting practice on Friday and is schedule to go to extended spring training in Florida on Wednesday to take live at-bats. ... 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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Erik Spoelstra took the first matchup with his former assistant.Tyler Johnson matched his season high with 22 points, Dion Waiters added 15 and the Miami Heat snapped their two-game losing streak with a 90-81 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night.The game was the first that matched Spoelstra against first-year Memphis coach David Fizdale.With a number of Heat players on the injury list, Johnson provided a boost for Miami, particularly in the first half.Hes being aggressive where we need him to be aggressive, Spoelstra said. Hes an example of the ball finding energy, but the ball has to move to find that energy.James Johnson added 13 points and Josh Richardson finished with 12 for Miami.Mike Conley, who came off the bench, led Memphis with 16 points but shot only 5 of 15 from the field. JaMychal Green finished with 14 points for Memphis, which played without reserve Zach Randolph following his mothers death and had its six-game winning streak snapped.The Heat played without a number of players due to injuries. The latest was point guard Goran Dragic, who missed the game because of a sore left elbow. He joined Wayne Ellington, Willie Reed and Justise Winslow on the Miami injured list.Miami made up for the personnel shortage by hitting 12 of 31 outside the arc and forcing 18 turnovers, leading to 23 points. The Heat jumped to an early lead, built it to as many as 17 and led from start to finish.We were a little behind the eight-ball with Goran being out, Tyler Johnson said. Everybody did what they were supposed to do in order for us to get out of here with a win.Miami used 3-point shooting in the third quarter, hitting six of its first nine long-distance shots. That helped the Heat build their biggest lead to 17 before a 71-57 lead into the fourth.Meanwhile, the Memphis offense, which seemed out of sync most of the night, continued to sputter. Memphis never got closer than eight points in the final quarter.Their speed really impacted us, Fizdale said. We never got organized. We never had a toughness about us. We didnt play with the attitude that wevve had over the last six games, especially defensively.ddddddddddddIP-INSHeat: In announcing Dragic would not play, Spoelstra said the guards elbow is just not getting better. ... C Hassan Whiteside recorded a block in the first quarter, his 44th consecutive game with a block. He finished with two blocks. Whiteside, who had 12 rebounds, has led the Heat in rebounding in all 15 games this season.Grizzlies: Conley not starting was because of minutes management, not disciplinary or injury-related. ... Rookie G Andrew Harrison, who started his third game of the season, missed all eight of his shots in the game, but finished with seven assists. ... Marc Gasol had a season-high five blocks, but only one rebound.PLAYING THROUGH PAINWaiters was questionable with a lingering right groin injury, but started. To be honest, Im about 60 percent out there. I feel like my team needs me, he said.If the injurys not killing me . Im going to battle through it. Im going to fight. Thats who I am.NO Z-BOThe team granted Randolph an indefinite leave of absence after the death of his mother, Mae Randolph, on Thanksgiving Day. Zach and his mother had an inseparable bond, Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace said in a statement released by the team. Mae was so fiercely proud of her son, his accomplishments and his truly special place in the hearts of Memphians and the Grizzlies family. Conley said: I called (Randolph), and we cried on the phone together. It was emotional, and that doesnt leave you in 24 hours.HELLO OL FRIENDFizdale served as a Miami assistant for eight years. There were plenty of hugs, handshakes and receiving lines of well-wishers for Fizdale, including after the game.UP NEXTHeat: Return home Saturday night after a four-game road trip to face the Grizzlies.Grizzlies: Memphis will play its fourth straight game against an Eastern Conference opponent when it faces the Heat on Saturday. The Grizzlies are 3-0 this season on the second night of a back-to-back. 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