Dallas Keuchel lasted only 3.1 innings after throwing seven scoreless in his previous start and the Astros offense couldn't piece together enough production to pick him up.
A night after the Athletics noted that they allowed Brad Peacock to settle in, they went right after Keuchel from the first pitch. The Astros' lefty allowed 10 hits before being lifted in the fourth inning.
In the second inning, Oakland scored on a very well placed bunt single by Chris Young, who found the hole created by Jose Altuve covering second and Brett Wallace at first.
The former Astros got to Keuchel in the third with Jed Lowrie's 42nd double driving in a run and Nate Freiman following two batters later with a run-scoring single.
Lowrie drove in another run with a single in the fourth to chase Keuchel, who was replaced by Philip Humber. The righty allowed another run to cross on a ground out to make it 5-4 Athletics at the end of four.
The Astros offense was keeping up, though, with Jose Altuve driving in Jonathan Villar (3-for-5, double) with a single. Trevor Crowe, who added another two hits from the three-hole, also reached two batters before Matt Dominguez was able to drive in two. Villar was able to drive in a run of his own with a bunt single in the fourth that scored Wallace.
In the bottom of the fifth, Chris Carter lumbered towards a Chris Young fly ball, dove and actually made the catch. And then got up and immediately started laughing as Brandon Barnes congratulated him. Carter may have actually fell over no matter what, since he was going way too fast for his own good. Click here to check it out.
In the sixth, Brandon Barnes was hit by an A.J. Griffin curveball, but home plate umpire Alan Porter ruled that the Astros center fielder leaned into the pitch. Naturally, the fiery Barnes struck out, but continued to chirp from the dugout and was ejected to become the first player for Houston get thrown out.
Josh Donaldson's two-run blast off Humber in the sixth inning gave Oakland some much needed breathing room, making it 7-5.
The Astros stayed quiet until the ninth, but then they had something going. Aided by an Eric Sogar error that allowed Villar to score to make it 7-5 Athletics, the Astros had Matt Dominguez at the plate with runners on second and third with two outs.
Matty D has shown he certainly was the guy Houston wanted at the plate, but this time he was blown away by a Grant Balfour fastball to end it.
Brett Oberholtzer will try to follow his first career shutout with a win tonight in game three of the four game set.