OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Donaldson had three hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 7-5 on Friday night to move into first in the AL West.
Jed Lowrie added two hits and two RBIs for Oakland, which has won six of eight. Yoenis Cespedes and Nate Freiman had two hits apiece.
The A's grabbed a half-game lead over the Rangers, who lost 6-5 at the Los Angeles Angels.
A.J. Griffin (13-9) gave up four runs over six innings but matched his career high of nine strikeouts to win his third straight decision.
Matt Dominguez drove in a pair of runs for Houston after sitting out the past three games with a sinus infection.