Sonny Gray vs. Brad Peacock.
The A’s were winners of 8 of 10 and a .629 club at home.
The Astros were losers of 8 of 11 and a .343 club on the road.
Oakland rookie Sonny Gray came into the game with an 0.83 ERA in three home starts.
Houston journeyman Brad Peacock came into the game with a 5.98 ERA no matter where he pitched.
Astros first baseman Chris Carter, who along with Peacock was traded by Oakland to Houston seven months ago in package to get shortstop Jed Lowrie, singled off Gray with two outs and two on in the top of the first inning last night, giving the A’s a quick 1-0 lead that would stand up. It took four Houston pitchers to hold Oakland to two runs in the bottom of the eighth, stranding the tying run (Lowrie) and go-ahead run on base as Yoenis Cespedes grounded out to third off journeyman reliever Josh Fields (6.07 ERA), who stayed in the game and retired the A’s in order in the ninth, preserving a 3-2 Astros win in O.co.
The Rangers, hanging out in Anaheim, were probably glued to Broncos-Ravens instead of watching Oakland lose its third out of four meetings with Houston, the worst team in baseball.
The last time the Rangers visited the Angels, they outscored Los Angeles, 23-8, and swept the three-game series.
The Angels were in a lengthy tailspin then. They’re now a club that, without Albert Pujols, has won 10 of 13.
The Angels, 4-9 against the A’s and 2-10 against the Rangers, have more than half of their remaining games against Oakland (six) and Texas (seven), beginning tonight with ex-Ranger C.J. Wilson (10-1, 2.79 in his last 15 starts) against Californian Matt Garza.
It’s September 6, and it’s awesome that Sonny Gray vs. Brad Peacock mattered a whole lot.