Sunday though, the Houston ace wasn’t impermeable, serving up three homers, including two by Khris Davis, in the first three innings.
An extremely uncharacteristic ninth inning from Will Smith served up a two-out game-winning homer to Marwin Gonzalez.
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.
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.
Facing a pitcher who has had their number, Houston waited patiently for the opportunity to strike.
After a bizarre call in the third inning prompted a protest from manager Bob Melvin, the Oakland Athletics fell 2-1 in 10 innings to the Houston Astros.