The Athletics had Gerrit Cole and Houston against the ropes with a pair of early two-run homers.
But by the time birthday boy Jonathan Lucroy dug into the box for his first at-bat of the evening the game had already been decided.
Evan Gattis tagged Daniel Mengden with a three-run homer and two-run double to hand the A’s a 6-3 loss.
The Giants came into Sunday’s game with a 15-6 record in games in which they score first.
Putting the ball in play against Cole didn’t help the A’s cause as they could muster just a single run, falling to the Astros 4-1.
Sean Manaea struggled through his worst start of the season Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum.
Houston proved last year that patience, in baseball, truly is a virtue.
The National League Central division was a top-heavy division last season, and it will see little change this year.
The safest bet in town this summer is a Giants loss.
The 2017 MLB season is on the horizon. With Opening Day around the corner, here’s a look at how the National League Central will shape up this season.