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Oakland pounds Houston

10:03 PM, May 25, 2013   |    comments
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Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss connected on back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning and the Oakland Athletics defeated the Houston Astros, 11-5, in the middle test of a three-game series.

Donaldson and Chris Young drove in two runs while Moss, Coco Crisp, John Jaso, Seth Smith, Adam Rosales, Eric Sogard and Yoenis Cespedes each contributed with an RBI apiece to give the Athletics their seventh win in the last eight games.

Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (5-3) fanned seven and gave up four runs on five hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings.

Jason Castro and Matt Dominguez had a pair of homers for the Astros. Starter Lucas Harrell (3-6) lasted just 1 2/3 innings, surrendering six runs in the outing. Edgar Gonzalez pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk.

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