Bo Porter’s catchphrase during the plunking war between the Athletics and Astros was annoyingly concise: “That’s baseball.”

More accurate would have been: “That’s losing baseball.”

No one was hit and no one was yelled at this time, which wasn’t even the most surprising part of Saturday night. The Astros won 7-6, taking a game from the juggernaut A’s for the first time in six tries this season.

By far the majors’ worst hitting team with runners in scoring position, the Astros found some timely late-inning offense with a four-run eighth inning. They might have found a new talisman, too.

In the Astros dugout, Carlos Corporan brought out what he called “Rally Jason” – the bobblehead doll of fellow catcher Jason Castro the club gave away Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

“Just shaking his head man,” Corporan said. “Gave us four runs. … Just a little fun to relax my teammates.”

Dexter Fowler had the go-ahead hit to make it 4-3 and Castro followed with an RBI single of his own. The lucky bobblehead was sitting in the center of the clubhouse after the game, right in front of the big-screen TV. Corporan said the doll could come out Sunday, too – and that he’d find a place for it on the team plane.

Even with the mini-statue’s good vibes, there were still boos in the top of the ninth inning as the lead almost disintegrated. Nothing is coming easy.

With the Astros up 7-3, reliever Jerome Williams allowed a three-run homer to Brandon Moss before recording an out.

Williams loses his way

Williams allowed another runner to reach before being pulled with one out and one on in favor of lefty Raul Valdes.

“I don’t know what was happening to be honest,” Williams said. “I kind of fell into a mode where I was just throwing instead of pitching. That’s what happens. … Fastball in, crushed it.”

Williams has a 6.75 ERA, but he’s often been tasked with eating innings, and that can mean falling on the sword occasionally.

Porter said he told Williams before the game that, with a short bullpen, Williams would be “the middle relief, the short relief, the set-up man and the closer – go get ‘em.”

“I’ve been in this role for a couple years already and I understand the role,” Williams said. “It’s just the ninth inning I had a mental lapse and I was just stuck in a mode where I just wanted to throw instead of pitch.”

Fittingly, it was Astros nemesis and plunking protagonist Jed Lowrie whom lefty Raul Valdes struck out swinging for the final out. Valdes spun a 1-2 curveball that Lowrie waved at, stranding the potential tying run at first base in the form of Coco Crisp.