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“They’re the division champs, it goes through them,” Washington said.
Neal Cotts (1-1) pitched one inning for the win, then gave way to Alexi Ogando before Joakim Soria finished for his fourth save.
Brandon Moss homered and Coco Crisp hit a two-run single as the A’s went ahead 3-1 in the second, but they couldn’t hold the lead.
Oakland swept a weekend series against Houston and lost for only the second time in nine games and third time in 14.
“I don’t think too many times you’ll see Doolittle give it up,” Washington said. “He’s only human.”
Yu Darvish needed 29 pitches to get through the second inning, when he allowed Moss’ leadoff homer and the single by Crisp. Darvish allowed three runs on eight hits in six innings, struck out six and walked four on 116 pitches.
“I’m kind of surprised I was able to pitch through the sixth inning,” he said. “After the third, I told Wash that no matter the pitch count I was going to pitch through six innings.”
The right-hander hasn’t beaten Oakland since May 16, 2012, and is still looking for his first victory at the Coliseum - one of three ballparks where he has multiple losses. Darvish is 0-6 in his last seven starts against the A’s. He saw the end of his streak of eight straight outings allowing two or fewer runs, dating to last season.
Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a home run. He later left the game in the seventh after landing awkwardly on his left ankle extending his leg to beat out what was ruled an infield single. X-rays were negative, but Choo was expected to have an MRI exam Tuesday to determine the severity of his sprain.
“We have a long season, it’s April,” Choo said. “I don’t want to make it worse.”
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