In his first four starts of the 2014 season, Brett Oberholtzer had allowed three runs or fewer, pitching into the sixth inning each time out. That changed on Thursday night as the lefty was knocked out in the fourth having given up six runs in the Astros 10-1 loss to the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park.
The loss is Oberholtzer’s fourth of the season, and the Astros have lost 9-of-11, dropping their season record to 7-16.
Josh Donaldson put Oakland on top when he hit a 2-run homer with one out in the top of the first. Houston was able to get one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning when Chris Carter worked a bases loaded walk, but Matt Dominguez followed by striking out, ending the threat and keeping the score 2-1 Athletics.
Coco Crisp knocked in the Athletics’ third run of the night with a 2-out bloop single in the second inning, and Oakland made it a 6-1 game with a three-run third inning capped off by an Alberto Callaspo 2-run home run.
Oberholtzer walked Derek Norris to load the bases with two out in the fourth, and was removed for Paul Clemens who struck out Callaspo to keep it a five run game, but Oakland scored a pair against Clemens in the fifth to up their lead to 8-1.
Donaldson homered again with a man on in the seventh to stretch the Oakland lead to 10-1. He finished the night 3-for-4 with four RBI.
Jed Lowrie had a three-hit night and immediately preceeding the seventh inning home run by Donaldson Clemens hit him with a pitch six days after throwing at him in Oakland. Clemens was ejected.
Scott Kazmir earned his third win of the season. He allowed one run over six innings. Dan Otero and Drew Pomeranz combined to keep the Astros off the board over three innings.
Jose Altuve had three hits, while Matt Dominguez and Jonathan Villar had a two-knock night for Houston. Dexter Fowler singled, walked, and scored the Astros lone run, but the team committed a season-high five errors.
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