Donaldson finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored
while Jed Lowrie added three hits and scored twice. Alberto Callaspo
belted a two-run shot and Kazmir (3-0) allowed one run and five hits
while striking out seven in six innings.
Craig Gentry added two hits and two runs scored while Derek Norris
went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Oakland. Houston starter Brett
Oberholtzer (0-4) was tagged for six runs and eight hits in only 3
Donaldson gave the Athletics the lead with a two-run homer in the
first, but the Astros halved the deficit in the bottom of the inning
on a bases-loaded walk to Chris Carter. Coco Crisp made it 3-1 in
the second with a two-out single to center that plated Gentry, who
had doubled with one out.
Donaldson led off the third with a double and scored on Norris’
single. Callaspo followed with his third homer for a 6-1 lead and
Oakland added two runs in the fifth before Donaldson launched a
two-run shot in the seventh to complete the scoring.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Oakland is off to its best start since 1991. … The
Astros, who came in leading the majors in fielding percentage,
committed five errors. … Gentry reached base on three of the five
errors by Houston.
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