The shortstop hasn't been as effective since.
Lowrie and the A's attempt to avoid a third straight loss Monday night when they hope a visit from the Astros can get their offense revved up again.
Oakland (9-4) outscored Houston 23-9 and hit seven homers to sweep all three meetings on the road April 5-7.
Lowrie went 7 for 13 with two homers in that series, his first against the Astros since being traded to the A's in February's five-player deal that sent Chris Carter to Houston.
Lowrie, though, is 5 for 22 since facing his former team.
The A's totaled 10 hits while losing back-to-back home meetings with Detroit after batting .314 with 18 homers during a nine-game winning streak. They had a double and two singles in Sunday's 10-1 defeat.
"We came back here swinging the bats as well as we can," manager Bob Melvin told the team's official website. "I still think we have a good offense. We just got shut down the last two days."
Tommy Milone (2-0, 4.50 ERA) has been a major beneficiary of Oakland's offensive outbursts. He's been backed by 16 runs through two games, and another strong performance could make him the first A's pitcher to win his first three starts prior to the end of April since Dave Stewart won six straight to begin 1990.
The left-hander had the offense to thank for his 11-5 win over the Angels on Wednesday, as he allowed four runs and seven hits with three walks in five innings.
"Obviously, I don't want to go out there and give up four runs every outing," Milone said. "But when we're scoring a lot of runs like that, it makes it a little easier to throw the ball over the plate."
Milone gave up three runs over 5 2-3 innings in his only start against Houston on Sept. 9, 2011, while pitching for Washington.
He's facing an Astros team that totaled 11 hits while losing its last two games against the Angels. That followed a three-game winning streak during which it homered nine times and scored 29 runs.
Houston (4-8) struggled at the plate again Sunday, stranding 10 runners in a 4-1 loss.
The Astros will give the ball to Erik Bedard (0-0, 0.00), who's 4-0 with a 0.55 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 32 2-3 innings over his last five starts against the A's. Only one of those, however, has come since May 2009.
The left-hander will be looking to go deeper in this outing than he did Tuesday. He tossed 66 pitches and yielded one hit and two walks in four innings of a 16-9 win at Seattle in his first start.
Bedard threw 3 1-3 scoreless innings out of the bullpen in Houston's opener with the team not needing its fifth starter through the first rotation turn.
"I'd rather be healthy the whole year than just one outing. So I threw 65 and that's what it was," Bedard said.
He may not have to contend with Coco Crisp , who has missed the last two games with a groin injury. The center fielder is hitting .333 with four homers, and he went 7 for 14 while going deep in each game against the Astros in Houston.
This is the Astros' first series in Oakland since the A's swept three games June 7-9, 2002.
|April 05, 2013||Travis Blackley||15-Day DL||Left shoulder strain|
|April 04, 2013||Josh Fields||15-Day DL||Right forearm strain|
|March 31, 2013||Alex White||60-Day DL||Right elbow strain|
|March 27, 2013||Fernando Martinez||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|April 13, 2013||Yoenis Cespedes||15-Day DL||Strained muscle, left hand|
|April 12, 2013||Coco Crisp||Day-to-Day||Strained left groin|
|April 10, 2013||Scott Sizemore||15-Day DL||Torn left ACL - out for season|
|April 07, 2013||Josh Reddick||Day-to-Day||Sprained right wrist|
|March 27, 2013||Hiroyuki Nakajima||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|March 26, 2013||Adam Rosales||15-Day DL||Strained left intercostal|
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Tommy Milone was Oakland's most consistent starter as a rookie in 2012. He's doing the same thing this year, and the results are looking even better.
It sure helps that the Athletics have been giving him plenty of run support along the way.
Milone won his third straight start, Jed Lowrie drove in four runs and Oakland beat the Houston Astros 11-2 on Monday night.
"You pretty much know what you're going to get out of Tommy every time he goes out there," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He works quick, he knows what he wants to do and has conviction in what he's doing. Since the day he's gotten here his first spring training he's been a model of consistency."
Milone (3-0) had a season-high six strikeouts and didn't walk a batter for the eighth time in his career. The left-hander, who won an Oakland rookie record 13 games in 2012, pitched out of jams in the fourth and sixth before leaving following Jose Altuve 's one-out RBI single in the seventh.
The A's, who swept the Astros in Houston earlier this season, needed it after Brett Anderson and Jarrod Parker were roughed up by Detroit last weekend.
Then again, Milone has been one of Oakland's steadiest starters for some time. He's won five straight decisions dating to last season and hasn't lost since Sept. 3, 2012.
"I felt like no matter what pitch was put down, I was able to throw it for a strike," Milone said. "Especially after the first inning, I was able to pound the zone and get them out of there early and keep the team in the game. Just got out of those innings pretty quickly."
Milone got plenty of support from a lineup that struck out 38 times in the three-game series against the Tigers.
Nate Freiman added a three-run homer and Brandon Moss had three RBIs for the A's. Oakland also benefited from eight walks - four in the first inning by Houston starter Erik Bedard .
Lowrie had two hits after struggling against Detroit. Coco Crisp doubled, walked twice and scored in his return to Oakland's lineup. Derek Norris scored three runs while Chris Young doubled and scored twice.
Carlos Pena had two hits for the Astros, who have lost three straight following a three-game winning streak.
"Six runs in the first inning is always a tough deficit to overcome, especially with a guy like Tommy Milone on the mound," Houston manager Bo Porter said. "You knew you had to hit your way back into the game with him on the mound. It put us behind the 8-ball."
The A's scored six runs on just two hits in the first inning to chase Bedard, whose perfect ERA jumped to 7.04.
Bedard (0-1) had been sharp in his first two outings this season but walked Oakland's first three batters and then uncorked a one-out wild pitch that scored Crisp. After Josh Donaldson walked to load the bases again, Moss hit a two-run single to make it 3-0 and Freiman followed with his first home run in the majors, a towering three-run shot into the left-field seats.
Freiman, a Boston native, said his milestone moment was bittersweet following the tragic bombings earlier in the day at the Boston Marathon.
"A lot of my family is back there, and it was a nightmare," Freiman said. "It's an amazing feeling today but we're not going to forget about what happened in Boston. Prayers are with everyone there."
After Bedard was pulled, reliever Paul Clemens pitched 5 1-3 scoreless innings despite dislocating the pinkie on his pitching hand. It was the longest relief outing by a Houston pitcher since Dave Borkowski went six innings against the Cubs on Aug. 15, 2006.
Crisp also doubled in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Milone retired 10 of his first 11 batters before the Astros scored in the fourth on Pena's RBI single.
Houston cut the lead to 6-2 on Altuve's hit in the seventh but Oakland scored three runs in the bottom of the inning. Lowrie had a two-run single and scored on Moss' double.
A trio of A's relievers combined to blank the Astros over the final 2 1-3 innings.
NOTES: The A's rested slumping outfielder Josh Reddick , who is off to a 4-for-37 start. ... Injured Oakland OF Yoenis Cespedes (hand) did some running before the game but has not yet resumed throwing. ... Melvin said INF Adam Rosales could begin a rehab assignment as early as this weekend. ... The Astros acquired minor league LHP Eric Berger from the Cleveland Indians for C Chris Wallace. ... RHP Brad Peacock , who lost to Oakland on April 5, starts for Houston on Tuesday. He'll oppose RHP A.J. Griffin, who won his first two starts and is 9-1 in 17 career starts.