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A's Brett Anderson dominates Astros in 9-3 win

  • Oakland Athletics' Brett Anderson delivers a pitch against the Houston Astros in the third inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON — Brett Anderson bent over to stuff some things into his suitcase, stood up and bumped his head into the open door at the top of his locker.

It was a fitting end to an up-and-down day for Oakland's starting pitcher who got a win against Houston, but also deflected two Astros hits off his left thumb and wrist and needed X-rays after the game.

"It doesn't feel great," Anderson said of his wrist. "I got a couple other places on my body that doesn't feel good now either with my head now and my wrist."

Anderson struck out 10 more Houston batters and the Athletics backed him with three home runs for a 9-3 win Sunday and a three-game sweep of the Astros.

He got bruised on his thumb in the second inning and dinged on his wrist in the sixth.

"Other than the fact that I couldn't get out of the way, it was a pretty good day," Anderson said. "I pitched pretty decent, got some ground balls and some strikeouts and got a win."

Coco Crisp homered for the third consecutive day, Jed Lowrie again connected against his former team and Chris Young homered in his hometown. The A's sent Houston to its fifth straight loss.

The Astros, playing their first year in the American League, went 1-5 on their season-opening homestand against Texas and Oakland. They'll now start a nine-game road trip to the West Coast against division opponents.

"You never look forward to going on the road, but it might be a fresh start to get on the road a little bit," Houston's Brandon Barnes said. "It's just one of those things where we'll try to go out and have fun."

Anderson (1-1) and the A's bullpen combined for 14 strikeouts. The Astros' 74 strikeouts through the first six games are the most in major league history since 1921, STATS said. The previous mark was held by Colorado, which fanned 65 times through the first six games of 2004.


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