Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Josh Donaldson's two-out triple in the eighth
inning plated Josh Reddick to give the Oakland Athletics a 4-3 win over the
Houston Astros at O.co Coliseum.
After Reddick drew a two-out walk, Donaldson lifted a 3-2 offering high down
the right field line. Astros right fielder Rick Ankiel made a play on the ball
but it landed inches from foul territory.
Grant Balfour shut the door in the ninth for his second save of the season.
Eric Sogard went 3-for-3 and finished a home run shy of the cycle for Oakland,
which has won 11 of 13 after dropping its first two games of the season.
A.J. Griffin struck out eight and allowed two runs in six innings of work for
the Athletics. Sean Doolittle (1-0), who allowed a game-tying home run to
Carlos Pena in the top of the eighth inning, picked up the win.
Rhiner Cruz (0-1) was on the hill for Donaldson's game-winner.
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