- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Astros made five errors, gave up 10 runs and had a pitcher ejected Thursday night against the Oakland Athletics.

And all that came before Oakland’s Jed Lowrie called them out after the 10-1 win by the A’s because he believed he was intentionally hit by a pitch for something that happened last week.

The Astros were swept by the A’s in a three-game series in Oakland last weekend 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, Paul 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 in the seventh inning after hitting Lowrie on the backside with the first pitch of the at-bat with Oakland leading 8-1. Lowrie had doubled off 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 Josh 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.

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

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