American League Game Summary - Houston at Oakland|
(Sunday, April 20th)
Final Score: Oakland 4, Houston 1
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with two
doubles, a home run and three RBI to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 4-1 win
over the Houston Astros for a three-game series sweep.
Jed Lowrie went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Eric Sogard added two hits
for the Oakland, which has won seven of eight.
A's starter Jesse Chavez (1-0) struck out six in six frames, allowing one run
and three walks. Luke Gregerson sat down the side in order in the ninth for
his third save of the season.
"Today was one of those days where I had to make pitches and see pretty much
what I was made of as a starter," said Chavez. "The only thing I had pretty
much working today was my changeup. That was a good pitch that I needed."
Marwin Gonzalez provided all the offense for Houston going 2-for-4 with a solo
home run. Jose Altuve added a double for the only other extra base hit for the
Astros, who have lost seven straight.
Houston starter Brad Peacock (0-2) fanned four through five innings,
surrendering two runs on five hits with three walks.
"We have an underperforming team right now, and when you underperform and make
the mistakes that we make this is going to be the result," Astros manager Bo
Oakland jumped ahead in the bottom of the first on a two-run blast courtesy of
Donaldson. After a one-out single by Lowrie, Donaldson drilled a 3-1 fastball
over the left-field fence.
Gonzalez cut the deficit in half for Houston with a two-out solo homer in the
top of the fourth.
After two scoreless frames Oakland tacked on two more in the seventh. Coco
Crisp reached on a fielder's choice and Lowrie followed with a base hit to put
two on with one out. Donaldson then smashed a double off the left-field wall
to plate Crisp. Lowrie scored on Jason Castro's passed ball later in the
Oakland outscored Houston 19-7 in the three-game set ... Chavez has allowed
one earned run in each of his first four starts, fanning 28 with just five
walks in 28 frames ... The A's have committed an American League high 20
errors in 18 games.
04/21 01:57:27 ET