BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
The streaking A’s remained undefeated in August, completing a weekend sweep of the Houston Astros 7-2 at the Coliseum Sunday afternoon in a game highlighted by the first true benches-clearing brawl of the
Tempers flared in the seventh after Oakland’s Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch for the second time in two innings. Laureano initially gestured towards pitcher Astros pitcher Humberto Castellanos but took first base. Moments later, Houston hitting coach Alex Cintron appeared to antagonize the A’s outfielder from the Astros bench which resulted in Laureano slamming his helmet to the ground while sprinting in the direction of the Houston dugout before being tackled by Astros back-up catcher Dustin Garneau, who played with Oakland in 2019.>
Jesus Luzardo pitched 5 2/3 strong innings to earn his first Major League win in just his second career start before Yusmeiro Petit pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth with the tying runner on base. Burch Smith came on in the seventh and pitched the final three innings to record the first save of his big league career and extend Oakland’s winning streak to nine games.>>
With the win, the A’s (12-4) matched their 2013 squad for the best record after 16 games over the last 30 years while extending their lead in the AL West to five games over Texas and 5.5 over the Astros.
The A’s now hit the road for an eight game road trip that will take them to Anaheim, San Francisco and Arizona. Sean Manaea is set to face the Angels Julio Teheran Monday night in the opener.