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OAKLAND, Calif. Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys . - The Oakland Athletics are in sole possession of first place in the AL West for the first time in more than a month. Its just not that big of a deal to Josh Donaldson. Donaldson had three hits, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and the As beat the Houston Astros 7-5 on Friday night to jump ahead of Texas in the division. Jed Lowrie added two hits and two RBIs for Oakland, which has won six of eight. Yoenis Cespedes and Nate Freiman had two hits apiece. The As grabbed a half-game lead over the Rangers, who lost 6-5 at the Los Angeles Angels. But it was around this time last year that Oakland began its late push to overtake Texas for the division crown. "It doesnt matter until the end of the season, we know that too well," Donaldson said. "Were really not trying to focus on it right now. Were trying to take care of our business." A.J. Griffin (13-9) gave up four runs over six innings but matched his career high of nine strikeouts to win his third straight decision. Matt Dominguez drove in a pair of runs for Houston after sitting out the past three games with a sinus infection. The As trailed 3-1 and 4-3 before scoring twice in the fourth on Lowries RBI single and a groundout by Cespedes. Donaldson doubled and scored in the third, and then singled and scored in the fourth. But his big blow came in the sixth, a towering drive to centre against reliever Phil Humber that gave Oakland a 7-4 lead. Donaldson went 3 for 5 and is batting .349 with two homers and nine RBIs in 17 games this season against major league-worst Houston (47-94). Eight of the As nine starters had at least one hit, and five different players drove in runs. "That shows that we have multiple ways that we can score runs," Donaldson said. "Thats what it takes. If youre going to score seven, eight runs, its not all the time going to come by the long ball. Its going to come by guys manufacturing and having good approaches at the plate." Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook combined to retire six batters, and Grant Balfour worked the ninth for his 37th save. The Astros, who had won three of the previous four games in the season series, got the tying run on base in the ninth after an error by second baseman Eric Sogard allowed Jonathan Villar to score. Balfour got Jason Castro to ground into a fielders choice, and then fanned Dominguez to end the game. "The at-bats were tremendous, especially in the ninth inning," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "I really felt like Dominguez was going to get a base hit there. Its unfortunate we came up short." It was an appropriate end to the back-and-forth contest. Houston scored three times in the third to open a 3-1 lead. Dominguez had a two-run single and Jose Altuve also drove in a run with a base hit. Oakland tied it in the bottom half when Lowrie doubled in Donaldson and scored on Freimans single. Villar drove in Brett Wallace with a bunt single in the fourth, putting the Astros back in front. The lead didnt last very long, with Oakland going in front for good in the bottom half. Houston starter Dallas Keuchel (5-9) struggled in his third start against the As this season, allowing 10 hits and five runs in just 3 2-3 innings. He was hurt by his defence. Left fielder Chris Carter dropped Brandon Moss routine fly ball in the sixth. First baseman Wallace later dropped a foul ball in the eighth for another error. NOTES: As CF Coco Crisp has an extra-base hit in seven consecutive games, the longest streak by an Oakland player since 2003. ... Villar finished with three hits. ... Houston CF Brandon Barnes was ejected in the sixth inning after arguing with home plate umpire Alan Porter from the Astros dugout. Barnes appeared to get hit by a pitch from Griffin earlier in the inning but Porter ruled otherwise. Barnes then struck out. ... Castro (right knee) was back in the Houston lineup as the DH after missing three games. Bo Porter did not know when Castro would be able to catch again. ... As RF Josh Reddick (right wrist) is expected to take batting practice on the field Tuesday in Minnesota. ... Brett Oberholtzer (4-1), coming off Houstons first shutout of the season, takes on Dan Straily (8-7) in the third game of the series. Bill Barber Jersey . Mars announced Saturday that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers will join him as part of his halftime show. Super Bowl halftime performers often have collaborators. Dave Schultz Jersey . The three goals bring Messis career tally for Barcelona to 371 in all games -- including friendlies -- breaking the club record of 369 held by Paulino Alcantara since 1927. The 26-year-old Messi was already the clubs all-time leading scorer in official games. Messi assured Barcelonas fans they will enjoy his goals for years to come, saying "as long as people want me, I will stay here. http://www.hockeyflyersauthentic.com/eric-lindros-jersey/ . The Nevada Athletic Commission voted unanimously in Las Vegas to quit granting therapeutic use exemptions for fighters undergoing the so-called TRT. PHOENIX -- Rookie Tyler Matzek has been good lately. On Saturday night, he was at his best yet. The 23-year-old left-hander gave up three hits in seven innings, Matt McBride and Charlie Blackmon homered and the Colorado Rockies handed Arizonas Vidal Nuno another hard-luck loss with a 2-0 victory over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night. Maztek (4-9) struck out four and walked three. The win came on the heels of a strong seven innings in a 3-2 victory over San Francisco on Monday. "Hes been close to dominant the last couple of times out," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "Its good to see. Its good to see a kid developing as we speak. Hes getting better and better. Its real encouraging what we see from Tyler." The Rockies had lost four in a row since then. Nuno (2-9) allowed a run on two hits, fanned seven and walked none. After McBrides second-inning home run, Nuno retired the next 20 before leaving after eight innings, trailing 1-0. "I dont know what more he can do," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "He gave up a home run and retired 20 in a row. He didnt walk anybody. He struck out seven guys. It is a shame." Nuno is 0-4 in 10 starts since coming to Arizona in the trade that sent Brandon McCarthy to the New York Yankees. In seven of those starts, hes allowed two or fewer runs. "Theres no frustration," he said. "You got to love this game and just go out there and try your best. " Blackmon homered off reliever Matt Stites in the ninth. LaTroy Hawkins walked a batter and gave up a single in the ninth before striking out Didi Gregorius for his 22nd save in 23 tries. Matzek, making his 15th start since being called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs in early June, held an opponent scoreless for the second time. The three hits allowed matched the fewest of his young career. He said hes relying more on his slider, and hes pitching better since as he edged his delivery point to the right of the pitchers rubber. "Im slowly moving over there," he said. "And I feel like Im getting some good angle and good swing and misses on fastballs inside." Matzek said Nunoss performance kept him on his toes. Brian Propp Jersey. "When you know the other guys doing good you definitely stay more focused," Matzek said. "You cant get distracted. Seeing him doing what hes doing out there definitely helps me to remind me this is what I need to do to get the win." Four relievers completed the shutout. Arizona threatened against Colorados bullpen in the eighth, getting runners at first and second with one out. But David Peralta struck out and Mark Trumbo bounced to third, where Nolan Arenado barehanded the ball and threw to first. "The play was huge," Weiss said. "I told him that was a money play right there, the game on the line." MEMORIES The Diamondbacks wore throwback uniforms, wearing white with purple lettering. After the game, there was an alumni contest that included six members of Arizonas 2001 World Series championship team. Fans got a bobblehead of Bob Brenly, manager of that team. GREAT CATCH Arizona shortstop Cliff Pennington made a lunging catch of Drew Stubbs pop-up in short left, tumbling over left fielder Nolan Reimould but holding on to the ball. BLACKMONS RBIs With one on Friday night, Blackmon has 60 RBIs from the leadoff spot in the lineup, most in the majors. All of his 16 homers have come in the leadoff position. TRAINERS ROOM Rockies: Reliever Christian Freidrich and C Jackson William were called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs this week when LHP Boone Logan (left elbow inflamation) and C Willin Rosario (left wrist inflammation) went on the 15-day DL. Diamondbacks: RHP Daniel Hudson, recovering from two Tommy John surgery, pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout from Triple-A Reno on Friday night. He is expected to join the major league club for the first time in two years, probably on Monday when the rosters expand. ON DECK Rockies: In the series finale on Sunday, LHP Jose De La Rosa (13-9, 4.19 ERA) goes for his first win in the desert, where he is 0-6 with a 4.15 ERA in eight starts. Diamondbacks: RH rookie Chase Anderson (7-6, 3.90) takes the mound for Arizona Sunday. He is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two starts against Colorado. 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