American League Game Summary - Oakland at Houston|
(Saturday, April 6th)
Final Score: Oakland 6, Houston 3
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Jed Lowrie clubbed a solo home run among his
three hits to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 6-3 victory over the Houston
Astros in the middle test of a three-game set Saturday at Minute Maid Park.
Coco Crisp and Seth Smith each smacked solo shot as well, while Bartolo
Colon surrendered three runs over six solid innings for the A's, who have won
four straight, including an 8-3 decision in Friday's series opener.
Colon (1-0), making his first start since a 50-game suspension for testing
positive for testosterone ended his 2012 campaign prematurely, scattered eight
hits and fanned two without issuing a walk.
Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook each spun a perfect inning in relief before Grant
Balfour retired the Astros in order in the ninth to record his first save of
Jason Castro clubbed a three-run homer to account for the Astros' offense,
while Bud Norris (1-1) allowed five runs -- two earned -- on six hits over 5
2/3 frames in Houston's fourth straight loss.
Norris held the A's hitless over the first three frames, but Oakland's first
hit of the game gave the team a 1-0 lead. Crisp led off the fourth with an
opposite-field blast into the short porch in left field.
Houston answered in the bottom half, as Carlos Pena and Justin Maxwell kept
the inning alive with back-to-back two-out singles before Castro crushed a 1-2
fastball deep into the left-field seats to give the Astros a 3-1 lead.
Oakland seized control with a four-run sixth, with Lowrie -- who hit 16 homers
with the Astros in 2012 before being shipped to Oakland in the offseason --
leading off the frame with a shot into the right-field seats.
"I'm confident with my swing right now," Lowrie said. "I'm working myself into
good hitters' counts, and even when I get behind, I'm not trying to do too
Josh Reddick then reached on shortstop Ronny Cedeno's fielding error and after
Yoenis Cespedes and Smith each popped out, Brandon Moss worked a walk to keep
the inning alive.
Following a brief meeting on the mound, Reddick stole third and then scored
when Josh Donaldson slapped a single through the right side of the infield to
tie the game.
"You are going to have to make big pitches in situations," Norris said. "I
felt I made a good pitch (to Donaldson), but it found a hole."
Wesley Wright then replaced Norris but was unable to work out of the jam, as
he served up back-to-back RBI singles to Derek Norris and Eric Sogard to give
the A's a 5-3 cushion.
After Doolittle retired the Astros in order in the seventh, Smith scorched the
second pitch of the eighth deep over the left-field fence to make it 6-3.
Cook and Balfour then blanked the Astros over the final two frames to secure
Houston infielder Jose Altuve finished 1-for-4 and has hit safely in each of
the Astros first five games ... Colon went 10-9 with a 3.43 ERA in 24 starts
for the A's last season and was leading Oakland in wins and ERA at the time of
his ban ... Oakland's only previous trip to Houston came in an interleague
series in 2007, when the A's took two of three ... Lowrie and pitcher Fernando
Rodriguez were traded to Oakland on Feb. 4 in exchange for outfielder Chris
Carter, pitcher Brad Peacock and minor leaguer Max Stassi.
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