After a 13-inning marathon Friday that featured 12 pitchers and 12 2/3 innings of relief work, the A's Frankie Montas and Astros' Framber Valdez gave their respective bullpens a break in a starters' duel Saturday, a game won 3-1 by Oakland. Marcus Semien, the hero of Friday's 3-2 win with a walk-off single, led off Saturday's game with a home run, his first of the season, giving the A's a lead they never relinquished.
The Athletics went 44-32 in division play in 2019. Oakland averaged 8.5 hits per game last season and totaled 257 home runs as a team. The Astros went 56-20 in division play in 2019.
The Oakland Athletics extended their MLB winning streak, while the New York Yankees had mixed fortunes in Saturday's action.