It sounds silly to be celebrating such a small achievement, but the Athletics are on a two-game win streak after a 7-3 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on Saturday. More than that, the team again looks like a competent club after a very slow start to the season.
Across six innings, A’s starter Frankie Montas struck out five while giving up six hits and walking one.
He said there is a shift in momentum in the clubhouse.
“The vibe is changing for sure,” Montas said after the game. “We started hitting, guys started hitting, starting pitchers are starting to do better, you know so the vibe is changing. We’re the team where we look out for each other and when we do that, we’re going to win ball games and we’re just going to go out there and keep grinding.”
Matt Olson started things off in the top of the fourth with a single to right field and Ramón Laureano’s two-run home run added insurance runs in the fifth. Seth Brown capped off the scoring in the eighth inning with his first career MLB homer.
Coming off Friday night's win against the Astros after another strong performance on the mound and at the plate, the A’s were playing as if they had less pressure on their shoulders. They were smiling more.
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Laureano and Olson were slowed down by injuries early in the first week of the season, but both are starting to find their stride and it coincides with the A's winning games. Olson said Friday night he isn't 100 percent healthy, but it’s going to take a lot to keep him out of the lineup.
The A’s have an off day Sunday before heading to Phoenix for a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.