The Oakland Athletics ended their losing streak in style.
Josh Phegley set a single-game franchise-record for a catcher with eight RBIs and the Athletics snapped their six-game skid with a 14-1 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night at PNC Park.
Phegley led Athletics’ 16-hit attack by going 4-for-5 with two runs scored. The 31-year-old started his career night with a bases-clearing double in the second inning, an RBI single in the third, another bases-clearing double in the fourth and capped it off with a solo homer in the ninth.
Every Oakland starter recorded a hit except for Khris Davis, who contributed with three walks and three runs scored. Matt Chapman and Kendrys Morales each had three hits. Chapman also had a two-run homer. Even starting pitcher Brett Anderson went 2-for-3 and had an RBI overturned on replay.
The A’s did most of their damage against Joe Musgrove, who came into the game with a sparkling 1.54 ERA. Musgrove allowed seven runs (five earned) on six hits, walked two and struck out one in just 2.2 innings.
The prime beneficiary of the offensive outburst was Anderson, who picked up his fourth win of the season. Anderson allowed one run on four hits, walked two and struck out four in six innings.
After a 41-minute rain delay at the start, the Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Josh Bell grounded into an RBI forceout.
Oakland answered with five runs in the second.
Davis led off by reaching first on a throwing error by third baseman Jung Ho Kang. Stephen Piscotty singled to center. Morales drove in Davis with a single to right. Jurickson Profar was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Phegley unloaded the bases for the first time with a sharp ground ball down the third base line.
Anderson laid down a bunt to Musgrove, who spun and threw to third, but Phegley stayed at second. Kang attempted to then throw Anderson out at first, but Adam Frazier couldn’t handle the one-hopper. Phegley advanced to third and Anderson to second. Phegley scored on a groundout by Marcus Semien.
Phegley’s previous high was four RBIs in a game and he matched that with an opposite-field RBI single in a two-run third for Oakland. Musgrove walked in the second run a batter later.
Oakland left no doubt with four runs off Nick Kingham in the fourth. Profar hit an RBI-single with the bases loaded. Phegley unloaded the bases for the second time with a drive over left fielder Bryan Reynolds.
Chapman hit his ninth homer of the season in the seventh off Francisco Liriano. Phegley hit his fourth homer of the season in the ninth off Richard Rodriguez.
Not only was it a memorable night for Phegley, it was also memorable for rookie Skye Bolt, who made his major league debut after being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas for the three-game interleague series.
Bolt pinch-hit for Anderson in the seventh and fouled out. He struck out in the ninth. The 25-year-old North Carolina product owned a slash line of .325/.400/.675 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 80 at-bats in the minors this season.
WP: Brett Anderson (4-2, 3.89)
LP: Joe Musgrove (1-3, 2.63)