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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics had plenty of pitching and more than enough hitting on Sunday to complete a three-game series sweep of the Houston Astros with a 4-1 victory.

Oakland starter Jesse Chavez (1-0), who entered the game with a 1.35 ERA, picked up his first win of the season and third baseman Josh Donaldson had a two-run homer and two doubles for the A's.

After opening the season with losses in three of their first five games, the A's have won eight of the last 10.

Donaldson followed shortstop Jed Lowrie's first-inning single with a blast into the left field seats at O.Co Coliseum. That was it for the Oakland offense.

The lone run for Houston, which dropped its seventh straight game, also came on a home run, by third baseman Marwin Gonzalez in the fourth.

Chavez struck out six, including four in a row in the fifth and sixth, and now has 28 K's in four starts.

"That's exactly what we've seen, the way he's been pitching for us," A's manager Bob Melvin said before the first pitch.

It has been a neat story for the 30-year-old Chavez, whose wife, Crystal, worked as a longshoreman to help the family as he bounced from one organization to another for nine years until being acquired by Oakland in 2012 from Toronto.

"Jesse used to get bypassed a lot," Crystal Chavez told the San Francisco Chronicle. "One inning would go south and teams would give up on him. The A's, they've never given up on him. Everything is finally paying off."

The A's feel the same way. Chavez took over when Jarrod Parker and AJ Griffin were injured before the season. Given his chance, Chavez has done the job.

Donaldson entered the game batting .338 against the Astros and then went 3 for 4.

Right-hander Brad Peacock started his first game of the season for Houston after compiling an 0-1 record as a reliever. Formerly in the A's organization, Peacock said he had been excited to get back into the rotation, where he was last season.

He did not get much help from Houston hitters. The Astros did have a double, single and a walk in the first inning off Chavez, but they had a runner caught stealing and could not score.

NOTES: Eight of Oakland's first 17 games were decided in the winning team's last at-bat. The A's were 5-3 in those. ... With a second-inning single, A's DH Alberto Callaspo extended his hitting streak to six games. ... Home run king Barry Bonds, who played across the Bay for the Giants, was in the Astros' clubhouse a second straight day, continuing his work with Houston outfielder Dexter Fowler, who was hitting below .200. ... When third baseman Josh Donaldson dropped a ball as he grabbed it out his glove trying to throw out George Springer in the third inning, Oakland's streak of games with at least one error was extended to nine. The A's are last in fielding in the American League with 20 errors in their 18 games. "I don't like it," A's manager Bob Melvin said, understandably. ... Oakland LF Yoenis Cespedes left the game with a right heel bruise after batting in the sixth.
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