Marwin Gonzalez homered among his two hits for the Astros, who
have lost seven straight and 14 of their last 17. Aside from
Donaldson's first-inning blast, Houston right-hander Brad Peacock
(0-2) was effective in his first start of the season, allowing two
runs on five hits over five innings.
Donaldson followed Lowrie's one-out single in the first with a
two-run blast to left. The Astros halved the deficit on Gonzalez's
shot to right with two outs in the fourth, but they didn't manage
another hit until Dexter Fowler's two-out single in the seventh.
The A's added a couple of insurance runs in the seventh, as
Donaldson smacked an RBI double and Lowrie scored on a passed ball.
Houston stranded a runner in the eighth and Luke Gregerson cruised
through a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The A's lead the all-time series 22-6 and have won
six straight against the Astros. … Houston RF George Springer went
1-for-4 and has hit safely in his first five major-league games. …
Oakland LF Yoenis Cespedes went 0-for-2, snapping his 14-game
hitting streak against the Astros.
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