American League Game Summary - Oakland at Houston|
(Saturday, May 25th)
Final Score: Oakland 11, Houston 5
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss connected on
back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning and the Oakland Athletics defeated
the Houston Astros, 11-5, in the middle test of a three-game series.
Donaldson and Chris Young drove in two runs while, Coco Crisp, John Jaso, Seth
Smith, Adam Rosales, Eric Sogard and Yoenis Cespedes each contributed with
an RBI apiece to give the Athletics their seventh win in the last eight
Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (5-3) fanned seven and gave up four runs on five
hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings.
"When your team is putting up runs for you like that, you can't complain,"
Jason Castro and Matt Dominguez had a pair of homers for the Astros. Starter
Lucas Harrell (3-6) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, surrendering six runs in the
outing. Edgar Gonzalez pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief, allowing four runs on
eight hits and a walk.
"There's pretty much only two things to say about the game. It was
embarrassing, and it was frustration," Harrell said.
The Astros struck first when Castro's solo shot sailed into the stands
in right in the first.
However, the Athletics responded by scoring six runs in the second. Smith
bunted to reach first, Donaldson singled and Moss drew a walk to load the
Young's double scored Smith and Donaldson and Sogard's single plated Moss.
Rosales ground out but brought Young home. Crisp hit a line drive to score
Sogard and Smith ended the offensive output with a one-out RBI single.
Dominguez homered to start the third, but the Athletics tacked on another four
runs in the fourth. Crisp walked to begin the frame and scored on a Jaso
double. Cespedes singled, plating Jaso. After Smith grounded into a double
play, Donaldson and Moss connected on back-to-back homers to give the A's an
Castro's second home run of the game started the home half. Two innings later,
he smacked a single that scored Jose Altuve. Dominguez notched his second
homer with one out in the seventh to cut the deficit to 10-5.
The Athletics added an insurance run in the eighth, when Donaldson ripped a
double to left-center, scoring Smith.
Jesse Chavez pitched the final two innings for Oakland. He gave up a leadoff
single to Jimmy Paredes in the ninth, but that was it.
Every Athletics starter had an RBI by the end of the fourth inning ... Young
went 3-for-5 and has a 16-game hitting streak against Houston ... Dominguez
and Castro are the first Astros players to have two home runs in the same game
since Lance Berkman and Craig Biggio on July 25, 2005, against the Phillies.
05/26 02:05:44 ET