Athletics complete sweep of Astros

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Updated: April 7, 2013

Chris Young hit a three-run home run to help
the Oakland Athletics complete a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a
9-3 win on Sunday.

Jed Lowrie hit a two-run home run while Coco Crisp added a solo shot for the
Athletics, who have won five straight since dropping their first two games of
the season.

“He’s very consistent from both sides of the plate, isn’t trying to do too
much, seeing the ball very well,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.

Brett Anderson (1-1) gave up two unearned runs on five hits with a pair of
walks and 10 strikeouts over six innings for the win.

It wasn’t all good news for Oakland, though, as right fielder Josh Reddick
left the game in the fifth inning with an apparent right arm injury after
crashing into the wall while trying to run down a foul ball.

Carlos Corporan drove in a run while Lucas Harrell (0-2) got the loss for
giving up eight runs on seven hits with five walks in 4 1/3 innings for the
Astros, who have dropped five straight after winning their season opener.

“When you don’t throw the ball where you want to, it’s going to be a long
day,” said Harrell. “I didn’t locate it. It wasn’t with me today.”

Oakland scored two in the second after a pair of one-out walks was followed by
a two-run double by Seth Smith, and Lowrie added a two-run blast in the third
for a 4-0 lead.

In the fourth, Crisp hit a two-out solo shot to right and Young hit his second
of the year in the fifth with two on for an 8-0 advantage.

Houston finally got on the board in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded
and two outs, Matt Dominguez hit a ball to shortstop that saw Jed Lowrie’s
throw go wild, allowing two runs to score. Chris Carter was thrown out on
third on the play and it was an 8-2 game.

Corporan grounded out with Carter on third after a leadoff triple in the
eighth to score another run and make it an 8-3 contest.

Game Notes

A’s starting pitchers have recorded the decision in each of the first seven
games of the season. The last time the club had a longer streak was when it
recorded a decision in 12 straight games in 1989 … Houston plays its first
road series of the season in Seattle when it starts a three-game set on Monday
… Oakland starts a three-game set in Los Angeles against the Angels on
Tuesday … Oakland has won eight of the nine games all-time against Houston
… The Astros batted just 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and
stranded seven.