Originally posted on BaySportsNet  |  Last updated 9/7/13
In the sixth inning, Josh Donaldson ambushed Philip Humber as he unloaded on a first-pitch breaking ball that didn’t quite break. “I only had one other at-bat against the guy and he threw me a first pitch breaking ball and I hit it back to the pitcher,” said Donaldson after the game. “So, I had a pretty good idea I was going to get something off-speed right there.” The ball landed in the left field bleachers as Donaldson tallied home run number 21 and the Oakland A’s opened up a 7-4 lead. The club would end up topping the Houston Astros 7-5 as Oakland has now won nine of 12 games. The team also sits alone in first place in the AL West with a record of 81-60 (.574). “I hadn’t really thought about that,” joked manger Bob Melvin after the game when asked by reporters how it felt to be back on top. “I’ll tell you tomorrow.” A.J. Griffin collected a third straight win as he improved to 13-9 with a 3.91 ERA on the season. The righty went six inning and allowed four runs while ripping off nin
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