- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Jed Lowrie had plenty to say about the Houston Astros after he was hit by a pitch that led to the ejection of Paul Clemens in Oakland’s 10-1 win on Thursday night.

The Astros were swept by the A’s in a three-game series in Oakland last week and there still seemed to be some animosity between the teams from an 11-3 loss in the first game of that series.

In that game, Clemens appeared to try to hit Lowrie with a pitch in the third inning after Lowrie had attempted a bunt in the first with Oakland up by seven runs. Houston manager Bo Porter came out of the dugout to scream at Lowrie after he hit a fly out after two inside pitches.

On Thursday night, Clemens was tossed after hitting Lowrie on the backside with the first pitch of the at-bat with Oakland leading 8-1. Lowrie had doubled off of him in the fifth.


“It’s flat-out embarrassing,” Lowrie said of the incident. “There’s no other way to say it. Every perspective, every angle you look at it it’s embarrassing. That kind of conduct shouldn’t be condoned.”

The Astros denied that Lowrie was hit intentionally.

“There was no carry-over on my end,” Clemens said. “What happened in Oakland was squashed in Oakland. Bad pitch there. It just so happened I cut a fastball. We wanted to go inside on him.”

Lowrie got a bit of justice when Donaldson hit his second home run after the plunking.

“I love it. I love it,” Lowrie repeated when asked about the homer.

Porter was evasive when asked if Clemens hit Lowrie on purpose.

“I think the game of baseball takes care of itself,” he said. “George Springer got hit tonight and it’s part of the game.”

Lowrie said he’s never seen anything like this and that he holds Porter responsible for what happened.

“At the end of the day the buck stops with him so if you look at it that way, yes, he’s the one that’s responsible for players’ conduct,” he said.

Josh Donaldson hit a pair of two-run homers to help Athletics cruise to the victory.

It was the first career multihomer game for Donaldson, who connected in the first inning and pushed the lead to 10-1 with a second shot in the seventh. Alberto Callaspo added a two-run homer in the third and Lowrie had three hits for the A’s, who improved to 24-5 against Houston, which joined the American League before the start of last season.

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