Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Oakland Athletics edge the Houston Astros 2-1 on Saturday.
Sonny Gray struck out nine on the way to an impressive first major league victory, using Nate Freiman’s two-run homer and four RBIs to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 5-0 victory over Houston on Thursday.
Oakland (67-51) leads the wild-card race, but blew a chance to move into a tie with Texas for first place in the division with a 5-4 loss to Houston on Tuesday. The A’s had won three of four at Toronto over the weekend, but have dropped eight of 12 overall.
Now sitting in second place, the A’s will try to regain the advantage with a series at home against a woeful Houston Astros team they’ve dominated. A healthier Colon might have a good chance to help Tuesday night, given his recent performances against them.
Bud Norris walked down the hall to his new team, the Baltimore Orioles, and stepped right into the middle of a pennant race.
Coco Crisp hit a two-run homer in Oakland’s three-run seventh inning to help the Athletics to a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.
Jarrod Parker’s record may not show it, but he’s been among baseball’s best pitchers over the last two months.
The Athletics have won all nine meetings this year with their newest division rivals, and will likely again be without slugger Yoenis Cespedes in Monday night’s opener of a three-game series in Houston.
Terms were not disclosed but Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said it was “the most significant investment” the Astros have ever made in an amateur player.
The Houston Astros are close to agreeing to terms with starting pitcher Mark Appel, CBS Sports has confirmed. Appel will graduate from Stanford with a degree in management science and engineering this coming Sunday and is then expected to sign a big-money deal.