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A's 12, Astros 5

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HOUSTON -- Daric Barton and Josh Donaldson had two RBIs apiece in a seven-run ninth inning to help the Oakland Athletics to a 12-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night.

The game was tied at 5 when Josh Fields (0-2) plunked Brandon Moss before back-to-back singles by Alberto Callaspo and Craig Gentry loaded the bases.

Barton's sharply hit grounder bounced off Jose Altuve's glove and into right field to send two home. Rookie George Springer's error on that play allowed a third run to score, sending the few fans left filing to the exits.

Donaldson, who homered twice on Thursday night, connected again on Friday with a shot off Anthony Bass to the Crawford Boxes in left field to make it 12-5.

Jed Lowrie had two hits and two RBIs to help the A's improve to 5-0 against Houston this season and 25-5 against the Astros all-time.

Altuve had three hits and drove in a run for Houston, which has lost 10 of its last 12 games and allowed 22 runs in the first two games of this four-game series.

Chris Carter hit a leadoff double in the eighth inning, but Luke Gregerson (1-1) retired the next three Astros to end the threat.

Former Astro Fernando Abad hit Jason Castro on the backside with a pitch with one out in the ninth inning. Castro jawed with catcher Derek Norris before heading to first base. Houston manager Bo Porter darted out of the dugout and began yelling at plate umpire Jordan Baker and was ejected.

Castro's plunking came after Lowrie accused Houston of intentionally hitting him with a pitch Thursday night for an incident in the last series between these teams when the Astros were miffed after he attempted a bunt with a seven-run lead in the first inning.

The A's put up four runs in the second inning and extended the lead to 5-1 in the fourth. Houston answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to tie it up.

Jesse Chavez had his first tough outing of the season, allowing a career-high eight hits with five runs - four earned - in five innings. He entered having allowed just one earned run in each of his four starts and had a 1.38 ERA.

Houston starter Brad Peacock yielded five hits and five runs, including three earned, with a career-most six walks in five innings.

Notes

A's left fielder Yoenis Cespedes sat out Friday after straining his left hamstring a night before. Manager Bob Melvin said he expects him to be out a couple of days. ... Houston right-handed reliever Jesse Crain, who has been on the disabled list all season after biceps surgery during spring training has been shut down after developing bursitis in his shoulder. General manager Jeff Luhnow said the current problem is not related to his surgery. He was scheduled to return in early May, but Luhnow said he will not be ready then and he should have a updated timetable for his return in about 10 days. ... RHP Mark Appel, the first overall pick by the Astros in 2013, has been sent to extended spring training after starting the season at Single-A Lancaster. Luhnow said he is not injured but was behind after missing most of spring training after an emergency appendectomy and needed more games to get ''more used to the pro routine.''

 
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Players of the Game
Houston

J. Altuve
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Oakland

D. Barton
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF5001113 .275
John Jaso, C2001101 .234
   a-Derek Norris, PH-C2121000 .341
Jed Lowrie, SS5022113 .296
Josh Donaldson, 3B4112213 .287
Brandon Moss, LF4120012 .267
Alberto Callaspo, DH3210302 .280
Josh Reddick, RF3111012 .215
   b-Craig Gentry, PH-RF3110004 .333
Daric Barton, 1B5222004 .167
Eric Sogard, 2B2210101 .216
   c-Nick Punto, PH-2B2110010 .225
Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
Totals4012141096  
a-singled for Jaso in the 8th
b-popped out for Reddick in the 7th
c-struck out for Sogard in the 8th
Batting
2B - Derek Norris (2, Bass), Nick Punto (1, Fields)
3B - Josh Reddick (1, Peacock)
HR - Josh Donaldson (7, Bass)
SF - John Jaso (1)
RBI - Coco Crisp (9), John Jaso (4), Derek Norris (8), Jed Lowrie 2 (10), Josh Donaldson 2 (20), Josh Reddick (5), Daric Barton 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Donaldson 2 (4)
SB - Eric Sogard (3, 2nd base off Cisnero/Castro)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Barton-Lowrie-J. Chavez
E - Josh Donaldson (6, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jesse Chavez 5854250 2.32
Dan Otero 1100010 0.73
Sean Doolittle 1100020 3.09
Luke Gregerson (W,1-1) 1100010 2.84
Fernando Abad 1000010 0.00
WP - Jesse Chavez (2)
HBP - Castro (by Fernando Abad)
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Chavez 90-59, Dan Otero 14-11, Sean Doolittle 17-12, Luke Gregerson 14-8, Fernando Abad 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Chavez 8-2, Dan Otero 2-0, Luke Gregerson 2-0
Batters Faced - Jesse Chavez 25, Dan Otero 4, Sean Doolittle 4, Luke Gregerson 4, Fernando Abad 4
Houston Astros
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Altuve, 2B5131001 .286
Dexter Fowler, CF4010112 .224
Jason Castro, C4011022 .219
George Springer, RF4010134 .179
Marc Krauss, 1B3000003 .140
   a-Jesus Guzman, PH-1B2000002 .182
Alex Presley, LF3110000 .241
   b-L.J. Hoes, PH-LF1000011 .162
Chris Carter, DH4120010 .169
   Marwin Gonzalez, PR-DH0000000 .250
Matt Dominguez, 3B4111011 .238
Jonathan Villar, SS3110011 .216
Brad Peacock, P0000000 .000
   Jose Cisnero, P0000000 .000
   Raul Valdes, P0000000 .000
   Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   Josh Fields, P0000000 .000
   Anthony Bass, P0000000 .000
Totals375113210  
a-flied out for Krauss in the 7th
b-struck out for Presley in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jose Altuve (6, J. Chavez), Dexter Fowler (4, J. Chavez), Chris Carter (6, Gregerson), Jonathan Villar (6, J. Chavez)
SH - Jonathan Villar (2)
RBI - Jose Altuve (7), Jason Castro (12), Matt Dominguez (10)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Altuve-Krauss
E - Brad Peacock (1, Throwing), George Springer (3, Misplayed grounder), Jonathan Villar (2, Misplayed grounder)
Houston Astros
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Peacock 5553630 5.95
Jose Cisnero 1.1100220 0.00
Raul Valdes 1.1000010 11.57
Chad Qualls 0.1200000 6.14
Josh Fields (L,0-2) 0455000 9.64
Anthony Bass 1222101 4.26
HBP - Moss (by Josh Fields), Moss (by Anthony Bass)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Peacock 92-51, Jose Cisnero 33-21, Raul Valdes 17-12, Chad Qualls 19-15, Josh Fields 20-11, Anthony Bass 33-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Peacock 4-8, Chad Qualls 1-0, Anthony Bass 2-1
Batters Faced - Brad Peacock 26, Jose Cisnero 7, Raul Valdes 4, Chad Qualls 3, Josh Fields 5, Anthony Bass 7
Game Information
Attendance - 17708
Game Time - 4:06
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Jordan Baker, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Toby Basner