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LHP Fernando Abad, who worked a scoreless inning Wednesday, has allowed just four runs since May 18, a span of 30 games and 25 1/3 innings. Abad ranks inside the top 10 among American League relievers in WHIP and opponents' batting average (.168), and he lowered the former figure to 0.81 while retiring all three batters he faced.
DH Josh Donaldson homered on the first pitch of the second inning against Houston LHP Dallas Keuchel, marking his fifth home run of the season against the Astros. Donaldson completed the series 4-for-11 with three extra-base hits and three RBIs. In his career against the Astros, he is hitting .360 (41-for-114) with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.
Athletics this season when he pinch-hit that evening. He served as a pinch runner Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he flied out to center field, grounded out in the third and sixth innings, and reached on a fielder's choice in the eighth.
RHP Jason Hammel continued his struggles with his new team, falling to 0-4 with a 9.53 ERA in four starts since he was acquired via trade from the Chicago Cubs on July 5. Hammel has allowed 18 earned runs in 17 innings with the Athletics, the same total he surrendered over his last nine starts and 55 2/3 innings with the Cubs. Hammel allowed eight runs on seven hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings Wednesday at Houston. Even so, manager Bob Melvin said he plans to keep Hammel in the rotation.