Joe Musgrove was on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair Saturday, allowing one run over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the A's.
Musgrove gave up just five hits and a walk while striking out six, but the Astros couldn't muster any offense until a Jose Altuve solo homer in the eighth that was too little, too late. Even so, it was easily the best outing of the year for Musgrove, who was able to lower his earned run average more than a full run to 4.88 with the start. That a strong start still leaves him with a 4.88 ERA tells a story about the 24-year-old's start to the year, and he'll try to string together good starts when he faces the Rangers on Thursday.
Jed Lowrie went 2-for-4 with a home run in Saturday's win over the Astros.
The homer, Lowrie's second of the year, got the A's on the board in the fourth inning. He's now had multiple hits in five of his last nine games, going 14-for-36 (.389) in that span. The good stretch has the 33-year-old's overall numbers up to .306/.368/.459 through 23 games.
Colby Rasmus (hip, illness) is slated to resume his rehab Sunday, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.
Rasmus has been sidelined in recent days due to an illness, which has kept him from rehabbing from his surgically-repaired hip. The delay will likely push his return to the Rays back until Wednesday, Topkin speculated. The 30-year-old will play left field and also see some time at DH upon his return.
Wade Davis struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning, and the Cubs defeated the Red Sox 7-4 on Saturday.
Davis did yield a single but got all three outs by way of strikeout, getting Jackie Bradley, Christian Vazquez and Marco Hernandez to end it. Davis now has six saves on the year, having not allowed a run with a 0.58 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings of work.
Steven Wright allowed five runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Cubs.
Wright gave up a pair of homers in the loss, running his total to nine dingers allowed in five starts this year. It was the fourth time in five starts that he's allowed at least four runs. The knuckleballer is now 1-3 with an 8.25 ERA and 1.88 WHIP overall. His life doesn't get any easier Thursday when the Red Sox square off with the Orioles.
Ryan Braun was ejected from Saturday's game against the Braves for arguing balls and strikes.
Braun was hitless in three at-bats on the night, and when he was punched out in the bottom of the seventh he let home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott hear his displeasure. Nick Franklin took over for Braun in left field.
John Lackey allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings but earned the win Saturday against the Red Sox.
Lackey was far from dominant against his former team, serving up two homers among his eight hits allowed, but the Cubs offense supplied him with enough support to take home the win. The 38-year-old has now gone exactly six innings in each of his five starts, posting a 5.10 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in those outings. Lackey will have an easier task when he takes on the Phillies on Thursday.
Rich Hill (blister) will throw 60 pitches in a rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga Thursday, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.
Hill threw a 48-pitch simulated game Saturday and came out of it unscathed, paving the way for Thursday's rehab start. If that goes well, the southpaw will return to the Dodgers in the second week of May. Blisters have been a huge issue for Hill in recent years, marring his career resurgence. When on the mound he's been terrific, though.