The Houston Astros were able to get back in the win column on Monday as they snapped their five game losing streak they were on with a 7-3 win over the division leading Oakland Athletics.  Brett Oberholtzer, who won for the first time in a span of five Major League starts to improve to 3-7, held the A's to three runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings and has pitched at least six innings in eight consecutive starts.

"I do take pride in it because it saves the bullpen, and obviously if you go deeper into the game, you're doing something right for the team and it gives them an opportunity to put some runs on the board," Oberholtzer said.

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Offensively for Houston, they took advantage of their opportunities when they could as they only managed to get two players in scoring position.  They were 1-2 in those opportunities while only leaving two runners on base in Monday's win.  Chris Carter (pictured on the right), whom manager Bo Porter repeatedly and accurately refers to as "a strong man," hit the longest homer of Monday night, a 420-foot shot to center field in the third inning that drove in three runs.  Houston would add four more runs in the sixth to give Overholtzer enough cushion to earn the win.

The Astros will continue their mid-week series against Oakland today from Minute Maid Park in Houston.  First pitch for this game is set for 7:10pm with the pregame starting at 6:45pm and you can hear all the action right here on Sports Radio 1340 the FAN.