Streaking A’s brawl past Astros 7-2 for ninth straight win

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
Covid era.

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Tempers flared in the seventh inning Sunday during the finale of a three-game weekend series between the A’s and the Houston Astros. After Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch for the second time in two innings, the Oakland outfielder charged the Astros dugout resulting in a benches clearing melee. The A’s prevailed where it counts, on the scoreboard, posting a 7-2 victory for their ninth consecutive win.

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.

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A’s pitcher Jesús Luzardo delivers a pitch on the way to his first career win Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum. Luzardo threw 5 2/3 innings as Oakland completed a three game sweep of the Astros 7-2 to run their 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.

About Daniel Gluskoter

Daniel Gluskoter is the Martinez Tribune's national music and sports editor and a Bay Area photojournalist who's work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2008 Presidential campaign as a correspondent for United Press International and has travelled worldwide covering events ranging from numerous Super Bowls and Olympics to Live Aid and the Grammys.

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