The Oakland Athletics eked out a win behind an eighth inning RBI triple from Josh Donaldson Tuesday night, and they’ll go for the sweep over the Houston Astros Wednesday afternoon after taking the first two of a three-game series. Bartolo Colon will match up against Bud Norris before the A’s head east for a six-game stretch against the Tampa Bay Rays and the Boston Red Sox.
Tuesday’s win was Oakland’s 10th straight over a division opponent, and they currently have the best record in the American League at 11-4. In their first appearance against Norris – who grew up in nearby Marin County – the A’s touched the right-hander up for six hits and two runs over 5.2 innings. He bounced back in his next start against the Los Angeles Angels to go seven innings and allow only three hits and no runs, and Norris is starting to emerge as the ace of a staff without an undisputed No. 1 starter.
Colon has pitched well this season, allowing eight hits and three runs in both of his first two appearances against the Astros and Detroit Tigers. In both games those runs came on three-run homers, and he’s struck out seven with no walks on the season.
The A’s lead the league in doubles and RBI, and Bob Melvin’s club is in the top five in most of the traditional offensive statistics. Coco Crisp has an 11-game hit streak after going 1-for-3 with a triple Tuesday evening, and last night’s game showed that the A’s can still score when the bats aren’t as hot, as they stole four bases on the night. Oakland now has three players (Crisp, Josh Reddick, and Chris Young) with four steals on the season.
There will be no televised broadcast for today’s game, but it can be heard on 95.7 FM The Game locally. Start time is scheduled for 12:35 PST.