The Athletics returned to Oakland following a three-city road trip Tuesday, and they brought with them an ugly, ugly brand of baseball.
For the second day in a row, the Athletics jumped out to an early lead via the long ball, but they weren’t able to hold the lead.
The Athletics had Gerrit Cole and Houston against the ropes with a pair of early two-run homers.
Sean Manaea struggled through his worst start of the season Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum.
Falling behind 5-0 didn’t help the A’s chances, but neither did facing the best Dallas Keuchel of the season.
Houston proved last year that patience, in baseball, truly is a virtue.
Sonny Gray was lit up in the first, surrendering five hits, two walks and five runs to the Astros.
Oakland had “Celebration” on repeat after sweeping four from the Yankees. But the Astros changed the A’s tune.
Another A’s rookie pitcher got left in the dust by a weak offensive performance,
Behind a trio of two-out RBIs and another big game from Jose Altuve, Houston escaped Oakland with an afternoon win.