Lowrie: 'We've been playing the game well'
Chris Young hit a three-run homer that hit over the archways of the train tracks in left field. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
HOUSTON, Tex. -- The Oakland Athletics won their fifth game in a row and swept the Houston Astros with a 9-3 win. The victory came at a cost, however. Up 8-0 in the fifth inning, right fielder Josh Reddick injured his right arm in a collision with the wall in foul territory.
After the crash, Reddick remained on the ground for a while as he was checked out by team trainers. He was cradling his right arm as he left the field. We'll have updates on CSNBayArea.com as more information is available.
At the Plate
Jed Lowrie loves hitting at Minute Maid Park. Too bad the Astros traded him away. Lowrie's two-run shot in the third inning was his 11th home run in 50 games played in Houston. He finished the day 3-for-5 and is hitting .500 this season.
Coco Crisp might love hitting here more than Lowrie. He homered in all three of the games this series. Crisp's solo shot in the fourth inning gave the A's a 5-0 lead. He and Lowrie are tied for the team lead with three home runs this season.
The A's jumped in front early on a Seth Smith two-run double. They piled on later with a three-run Chris Young homer that hit over the archways of the train tracks in left field. Smith and Young have been splitting time, but with Yoenis Cespedes initially getting the day off, they both made the starting lineup.
Cespedes entered the game after Reddick was injured. He ended up 0 for 2.
Brandon Moss drove in the A's ninth run of the night with an RBI single in the ninth inning. Moss went 2 for 3 with two walks.
Starting Pitching Report
Anderson also had a couple injury scares. In the second inning, Carlos Corporan hit a comebacker up the middle that Anderson tried to stop with his pitching hand. The ball ricocheted off his fingers and went into the outfield. After the ball hit his hand he kept trying to shake it off as the trainer came out to take a look at it. He tested it out with a couple throws and stayed in the game.
In the sixth inning, the same thing happened again when J.D. Martinez hit a pitch up the middle. Trainers checked on Anderson and he stayed in the game. The Astros were able to load the bases after the second ball hit Anderson's hand. He recovered by striking out Brett Wallace and Corporan, but Lowrie made a two-run error before the end of the inning.
Both of Anderson's runs were unearned. He finished the day with 92 pitches over six innings and 10 strikeouts. He allowed five hits, two walks, and probably has a few sore digits on his pitching hand.
Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but walked two batters. He allowed a leadoff triple to Chris Carter to start the eighth inning and was relieved by Jerry Blevins.
With Blevins on the mound, Carter scored on a groundout. The run was charged to Nehshek. Blevins struck out one batter and didn't give up a hit.
Evan Scribner pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
In the Field
Josh Donaldson made a highlight reel play in in the second inning to save what would have been a double down the left field line. He dove to his right and stopped the ball clean, then got up and made a perfect throw to first to get the runner with time to spare.
Donaldson also started the most bizarre play of the game. He fielded a ground ball and threw to second base for the first out, Eric Sogard then overshot first with his throw, but the ball caromed off the wall right to Brandon Moss, who threw back to second for the second out. Not exactly how you'd write it up, but it had the same result of a double play.
Here's something you don't see every day. In the fifth inning, Anderson struck out Corporan but the ball got away from John Jaso. He picked up the ball and threw it wide right of Moss, allowing Corporan to reach second on a strikeout.
The Astros announced an attendance of 16,194.
The A's have a day off on Monday before heading to Anaheim to face the Angels. Jarrod Parker will be making his second start of the season. In four starts against the Angels, he is 1-2 with a 2.60 ERA.