There was only one word to describe Oakland's play through four innings on Monday night against the Houston Astros.
''Ugly,'' player after player and manager Bob Melvin said.
As ugly as the start was, the Athletics managed to put it behind them and rallied for a 4-3 win.
Josh Reddick put Oakland on top with a two-run homer in the eighth inning and the Athletics remained perfect this season against the Astros.
Chris Young hit a solo homer for the A's, who are 10-0 against their new AL West foes this season and 15-1 all-time. The Astros have lost six straight overall.
Houston took an early 3-0 lead thanks in part to Oakland tying a season high with three errors - all in the first three innings.
''That was the overriding feeling at the end of the game was that as badly as we played at the early part of the game, we stayed with it,'' Melvin said. ''We didn't give up. We didn't put our heads down and say, `Oh well, we are just having a bad game.'''
Young's shot cut the lead to one...