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HOUSTON (AP) -- Josh Donaldson had four hits and the Oakland Athletics beat the Houston Astros 11-5 Saturday night.

Chris Young had three hits and drove in two as Oakland s bats came alive for a season-high 18 hits, and the A s scored their most runs in a month. Every Oakland hitter drove in at least one run.

Brandon Moss had a home run as well for the A s, who improved to 8-0 this season against the Astros.

A s starter A.J. Griffin (5-3) allowed four runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in 5 2-3 innings. He gave up three home runs.

Jason Castro and Matt Dominguez each belted two home runs for the Astros. It was the first time two Houston teammates have had multi-home run games since July 25, 2005, when Craig Biggio and Lance Berkman each had two.

After Castro gave the Astros a 1-0 lead in the first with a two-out solo home run to right, Oakland responded with six runs in the second, sending 12 batters to the plate.

Seth Smith and Donaldson led off with back-to-back singles before Moss walked to load the bases. Young laced a two-run double off the wall in left, and Eric Sogard followed with an RBI single to make it 3-1. Adam Rosales grounded out to shortstop to extend the lead to 4-1.

Coco Crisp upped the lead to 5-1 with a run-scoring single down the right field line. Yoenis Cespedes walked with two outs, and Smith singled up the middle to make it 6-1. Astros starter Lucas Harrell was pulled after walking Donaldson to load the bases again. Edgar Gonzalez ended the inning by getting Moss to pop up to short.

Dominguez cut Oakland s lead to 6-2 with a solo home run to left to lead off the third.

Oakland by scoring four times in the fourth. Jaso had an RBI double and Cespedes followed with a run-scoring single. Donaldson and Moss hit back-to-back home runs with two outs in the inning to make it 10-2.

Castro added his second homer of the game - another solo shot to right to lead off the bottom of the fourth to cut Oakland s lead to 10-3. Castro plated Jose Altuve with an RBI single in the sixth to get Houston within 10-4.

Dominguez hit his second home run with one out in the seventh a solo shot off the fatade in left - to trim the lead to 10-5 off Kideki Okajima.

Donaldson put the A s back up by six with an RBI double in the eighth, scoring Smith.

Harrell (3-6), who has lost four straight, allowed six runs on six hits with three walks and one strikeout in a season-low 1 2-3 innings. Harrell has allowed five or more runs in three of his last five starts, and in two starts against Oakland this season, the right-hander has allowed 14 runs in six innings.

NOTES: Oakland SS Jed Lowrie, who was out of the lineup for the third straight game, took ground balls and hit batting practice before Saturday s game. Lowrie has been out since being hit by a pitch on his right foot Tuesday. . Oakland OF Chris Young s three-run home run Friday night snapped an Oakland-record streak of 15 consecutive solo home runs by the A s. . RHP Bartolo Colon takes the mound for Oakland against Houston LHP Dallas Keuchel in the series finale Sunday. . Houston entered the game leading the Majors with 61 double plays turned. AP-WF-05-26-13 0306GMT

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