American League Game Summary - Houston at Oakland|
(Sunday, September 8th)
Final Score: Oakland 7, Houston 2
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Seth Smith's three-run homer punctuated a
seven-run third inning, as Oakland dumped Houston, 7-2, in the finale of a
Brandon Moss finished with three hits and drove in two for the Athletics, who
took the final three in the set and have won eight of 10 overall. Yoenis
Cespedes and Daric Barton added an RBI each in the triumph.
Bartolo Colon (15-6) scattered five hits and one run, fanning seven with only
one walk over six innings. The 40-year-old right-hander picked up his first
positive decision since July 26 against the Angels, having gone 0-3 with two
no-decisions since then.
"Good movement, good location. A lot of good things came out of Bartolo's
outing for us today," A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Jose Altuve and Brandon Barnes knocked in a run apiece for the Astros, who
stumbled to their 10th loss in 13 and are quickly approaching their third
straight 100-loss campaign.
Pressed into service after scheduled starter Paul Clemens was scratched with a
blister, Lucas Harrell (6-16) was torched for seven hits and seven runs over
three full frames.
"When you pitch out of the bullpen, the one good thing about that is you come
to the ballpark every day believing that you're going to pitch," Astros
manager Bo Porter said. "I don't think the short notice had anything to do
with his performance."
Oakland assumed control with a big third inning. Stephen Vogt and Eric Sogard
singled around a Coco Crisp fly out, then Vogt moved to third on Jed Lowrie's
fly to right ahead of a two-run double from Moss.
Cespedes followed with a single to score another, then after a walk to Alberto
Callaspo, Barton scored Cespedes with a base hit and Smith capped the rally
with a three-run blast for a 7-1 game.
Houston's only answer after the burst was Barnes' RBI single in the seventh
off Brett Anderson which scored L.J. Hoes.
Anderson retired five in a row from there, then walked pinch-hitter Jake
Elmore and Hoes to begin the ninth. He bore down and retired the final three
batters of the contest.
Houston picked up a run in the first inning as Jonathan Villar began the game
with a single and came home when Altuve followed with a double.
Oakland won the season series 15-4, winning seven of 10 at home ... Anderson
picked up the save with his three-inning effort, his third of the season and
in his career ... Houston's bullpen of Erik Bedard and Jorge De Leon combined
to hold the A's to four hits and two walks over five scoreless innings.
09/09 01:07:07 ET