OAKLAND, Calif. -- Right-hander Jordan Lyles snapped his five-game losing streak Tuesday night, and the Houston Astros captured their first victory at the O.co Coliseum, beating the Oakland A's 5-4.
The 22-year-old Lyles (5-6) earned his first victory since June 18, when he beat Milwaukee. He held the A's to one run on five hits over seven innings, striking out three and walking two.
A's right-hander Bartolo Colon suffered his second straight rough loss, falling to 14-5. Colon, who turned 40 on May 24, gave up five earned runs on seven hits against the Astros, lasting just four innings. He struck out three and walked one. Colon's previous start was even worse. He lasted a season-low 2 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on seven hits in a 6-5 loss to Cincinnati.
Colon's ERA has jumped from 2.50 to 2.97 in just two starts, and he continues to pay for a recent drop in velocity.
The A's remained one game behind first-place Texas, a 5-1 loser to Milwaukee, in the AL West.
Going into the game, the Astros had been winless in six games at Oakland, including three this season. The A's won 11 of the first 12 games in the season series this year before the last-place Astros exacted a bit of revenge Tuesday.
The Astros, who had just one hit Monday in a 2-1 loss to Texas, pounded out 11 hits against the A's, including doubles by Matt Dominguez, Brandon Barnes, Chris Carter and Jose Altuve. Jason Castro extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games, going 1-for-3.
The Astros struck for two runs in the second, two in the third and one in the fourth against Colon, building a 5-0 lead.
In the second, Castro led off with a walk and moved to third on Dominquez's ringing one-out double to right-center. Barnes brought them both home, capping a nine-pitch at-bat with a double to left field.
Leading off the third, Robbie Grossman hit a leadoff ground ball to first baseman Brandon Moss and beat it out for a single when Colon failed to cover first base.
Grossman moved to second on Brett Wallace's single, tagged and advanced to third on Altuve's fly-out to right and scored on Castro's sacrifice fly. After Wallace stole second, Carter doubled off the left-field fence, making it 4-0.
Barnes hit a leadoff double in the fourth and later scored, giving Houston a 5-0 lead.
The A's answered with a run in the fifth. Josh Donaldson launched a leadoff triple and scored when Stephen Vogt hit into a double-play.
Trailing 5-1 entering the bottom of the eighth, the A's scored three times, cutting the Astros' lead to 5-4. Yoenis Cespedes capped the two-out rally with a two-run homer to left off reliever Josh Zeid, his 19th blast of the season. Jed Lowrie started the rally with a single. He moved to second on a wild pitch, took third on Zeid's errant pickoff throw and scored on Josh Reddick's single.
Chia-Jen Lo, the Astros' third pitcher of the inning, retired Donaldson on a fly ball to center for the third out in the eighth, stranding a runner, then survived a scary ninth.
With two outs and a runner on first, A's center fielder Chris Young sent a deep blast down the left-field line and into the seats, but it was ruled foul. After a videotape review, the call stood, and Young returned to the plate, facing an 0-2 count. Lo struck him out swinging on a 95 mph fastball, securing his first save.
NOTES: A's LHP Brett Anderson (right foot stress fracture, sprained right ankle) will begin a rehab assignment Saturday at Triple-A Sacramento and pitch two innings of relief, A's manager Bob Melvin said. Melvin said he's leaning toward using Anderson as a reliever initially when he's activated from the disabled list. "We can get him back quicker in the bullpen, and that may be how we handle it to begin with," Melvin said. Anderson has been on the DL since May 1. ... A's catcher John Jaso (concussion), who has been on the DL since July 25, was examined Tuesday in Pittsburgh by Dr. Michael Collins, a concussion specialist. Jaso played catch briefly last week but still felt concussion symptoms, Melvin said. ... Castro (bruised hip) returned to the lineup after missing two games. ... Altuve (sore left quad) returned to the lineup after missing Monday's game. ... A's CF Coco Crisp (sore left wrist) missed his second straight game, as did C Derek Norris (back spasms). Norris was available off the bench.