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Samardzija Snaps Skid, A’s Defeat Astros

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Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics, left, high fives Eric Sogard #28 afte the final out against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 25, 2014 in Houston. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Coco Crisp #4 of the Oakland Athletics, left, high fives Eric Sogard #28 afte the final out against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on August 25, 2014 in Houston. (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (CBS / AP) — Jeff Samardzija pitched eight solid innings and Josh Donaldson drove in three runs to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Houston Astros 8-2 Monday night.

Samardzija (4-3) allowed six hits, two runs and tied a season high with 10 strikeouts to bounce back from a two-game skid in which he yielded 11 runs combined.

Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer and Donaldson had three hits after sitting out Sunday with a knee injury. Donaldson doubled twice for his first extra-base hits and RBIs in his last nine games.

Reddick’s 10th home run sailed into the seats in right field to push Oakland’s lead to 3-0 in the fourth.

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