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OAK@TEX: Colon pitches seven strong for fourth win

Facing the A's has been no fun for the Astros this season. Houston fell to 0-8 against Oakland after an 11-5 loss on Saturday night.

The Astros will do their best to break that streak in Sunday's series finale against the A's at Minute Maid Park.

"Adversity tells you a lot about the human being and about yourself," Astros manager Bo Porter said. "If you take a deep look when you're faced with adversity, that's something guys take great pride in. To play this game, you're going to have to deal with some adversity. If not, you're going to be sent spiraling in this game."

Left-hander Dallas Keuchel will be on the hill for the Astros after picking up his first win of the season on Monday against the Royals. He allowed four runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 innings. He also matched a career best with six strikeouts.

"Keuchel did a great job of attacking the zone and being very efficient with his pitches and did a good job of pitching to both sides of the plate and using his offspeed stuff to induce ground-ball double plays," said Porter after the start.

Meanwhile, Bartolo Colon will be on the hill for the A's, becoming just the fourth pitcher in Oakland history to start a game at the age of 40.

On Monday against the Rangers, he allowed just two runs on six hits in seven innings for his fourth win of the season.

Walking two batters in the game, Colon has managed to surrender just four free passes in 54 1/3 innings this season for an average of 0.66 walks per nine innings, the lowest mark in all of baseball.

"He's 40," manager Bob Melvin said after the start. "We want to try to get him through the season. Anything over 100 pitches for me is starting to get a little uncomfortable. To get us seven and just short of 100 was terrific."

A's: Lowrie could return to lineup on Sunday
• Jed Lowrie's contused right foot continues to improve, with the shortstop expected to return to the A's lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Astros.

Lowrie took part in infield drills and batting practice before Saturday's contest, something he wasn't able to do Friday.

Lowrie hasn't played since Tuesday, when he was hit in the foot by a Yu Darvish pitch in Texas.

• Josh Reddick (wrist) took batting practice without any issues for a second straight day on Saturday, keeping the outfielder on track to begin a Minor League rehab assignment on Monday. Reddick is scheduled to play Monday with Class A Stockton and Tuesday with Triple-A Sacramento.

Astros: Martinez in the middle of hot streak
• Originally left off the Astros Opening Day roster at the end of Spring Training, J.D. Martinez has made the most of his playing time the past seven weeks.

Martinez has been especially successful the last two weeks, hitting three home runs, driving in 10 runs and hitting .333 (12-for-36) over his last 11 games.

"He's really seeing the ball well, and he's a guy that definitely is developing into a productive run producer in this league," said Porter.

Worth noting
• A's outfielder Chris Young is 36-for-84 (.429) with seven home runs and 29 RBIs in 20 career games at Minute Maid Park.

• Colon is 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA in five starts against the American League West this season.

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