The game was postponed about two hours prior to first pitch, allowing the Astros to board a bus to San Francisco in the afternoon and fly back to Houston, where they will open a four-game series against the Angels on Monday. Houston has won four straight, and at 8-4, the Astros are off to their best start since 2006.
"It's rare to come to Oakland and get a rainout," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "So obviously the forecast isn't great. It's nice to get it called early and get home."
Right-hander Charlie Morton, who was originally scheduled to pitch Sunday, will be bumped to Monday and start the opener against the Angels. Hinch didn't say how the rest of the starting rotation will be mapped out for the Angels series. Prior to the rainout, the Astros were going to start Joe Musgrove on Monday, Mike Fiers on Tuesday, Dallas Keuchel on Wednesday and Lance McCullers Jr. on Thursday.
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.