Chad Qualls blew a save and took a loss as the Astros fell to the A's on Saturday afternoon.
Qualls entered the game in the bottom of the ninth inning with Houston leading 3-1 and promptly gave up a leadoff homer to Jed Lowrie. He then walked Josh Donaldson and allowed a single to Yoenis Cespedes. One batter later Alberto Callaspo tied the game with an RBI single and then Josh Reddick won it with a walkoff base hit to center field. If Astros manager Bo Porter isn't going to name a closer, he should be a little craftier with his late-inning matchups.
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs -- two earned -- over eight innings Saturday in no-decision vs. Houston.
It was a good outing from the 30-year-old left-hander, who yielded only six hits and struck out five without issuing a walk. Kazmir has an outstanding 1.65 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, and 24/4 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings this season. Oakland is looking like a perfect fit for him in the early going.
Brett Oberholtzer held the A's to one run in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a no-decision.
Chad Qualls blew the save and took the loss as the A's rallied in the bottom of the ninth. Oberholtzer surrendered eight hits and two walks, but did well in damage control. The 24-year-old left-hander is 0-3 but owns a nice 3.04 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 23 2/3 innings this season. He'll hope for better luck next week when he faces the A's again at home.
Jay Bruce finished 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in the Reds' loss to the Cubs on Saturday.
Bruce drove home Billy Hamilton on a single in the top of the seventh inning and also collected singles in the first and sixth innings. He is now batting .204/.362/.389 with nine RBI in 16 games this season.
Anthony Rizzo was pulled from Saturday's game against the Reds because of back spasms.
"It just started barking on me in the fifth or sixth, and once we took the four-run lead, I [decided to] play with more caution than go up there, get another at-bat and go out on the field and hurt it even more," Rizzo said. He is hoping to start on Sunday.
John Lannan has accepted his assignment to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Lannan had the option to elect free agency, but he has decided to remain in the Mets organization for now. The lefty had a 15.75 ERA in five relief appearances.
Bruce Chen notched his first win of the year despite allowing four runs over five innings Saturday against the Twins.
It's strange to write it, but as well as the Twins have been swinging the bats, allowing four runs in five innings isn't bad. Chen missed his previous turn with a tight left glute muscle, so he was making his third start of the year today. He'll pitch in Cleveland next time out.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Gavin Floyd (elbow) will make at least two more rehab starts.
Floyd has allowed 10 runs -- eight earned -- in 13 2/3 rehab innings so far, and the Braves want him to continue to work out the kinks against a lower level of competition. He is on his way back from Tommy John surgery.