McCullers, Astros send A’s to their seventh straight loss

McCullers, Astros send A’s to their seventh straight loss

By Mercury News Staff And Wire Reports

HOUSTON — Lance McCullers Jr. pitched six shutout innings in his season debut to help the Houston Astros send the A’s to their seventh straight loss Saturday night.

Alex Bregman homered and Trey Mancini had three hits to put Houston in position to sweep its three-game against the A’s — two weeks after Oakland swept the Astros in Oakland.

A’s starter Zach Logue (3-6) gave up six runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out two in 5 1/3 innings. The Athletics were limited to five hits and left six runners on base.

McCullers, an All-Star in 2017, allowed two hits, struck out five and walked four, tossing 47 of his 81 pitches for strikes. It’s his first shutout since August 31, 2021.

The 28-year-old McCullers (1-0) pitched for the first time in 305 days for Houston, last going for the Astros in Game 4 of the 2021 AL Divisional Series against the Chicago White Sox. McCullers went on to miss the 2021 ALCS and World Series for the Astros due to a right flexor tendon strain.

Source: Paradise Post

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