Phegley’s career night helps Athletics end slide

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 03: Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run in the ninth inning during the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 3, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

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)
Time: 3:26
Attendance: 16,428
Record: 15-19

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Athletics continue struggles, swept by Red Sox

BOSTON, MA – MAY 1: Mitch Moreland #18 of the Boston Red Sox high fives Mookie Betts #50 and manager Alex Cora after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics on May 1, 2019 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

It’s a good thing the Oakland Athletics are done with the AL East until June.

After winning six of the first eight games, the Athletics have lost nine straight to AL East opponents, six to the Toronto Blue Jays and three to the Boston Red Sox.

The latest defeat was Wednesday’s 7-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Mitch Moreland homered and drove in two runs. Andrew Benintendi added two RBIs for Boston, who are still three games under .500 at 14-17 and six games behind the Tampa Bay Rays.

Marcus Walden pitched three scoreless innings in relief to pick up his fourth win of the season. Hector Velazquez opened and allowed one run on two hits in two innings.

Mike Fiers suffered his third loss. He allowed three runs on five hits, walked one and struck out three in five innings.

Khris Davis and Chad Pinder both went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Oakland, who dropped to 14-19 and the cellar in the AL West.

The A’s won’t face an AL East foe until June 10 when they open a three-game series in Tampa Bay.

For the second time in the series, Oakland opened the scoring first.

Davis led off the second inning with a single off Velazquez and Stephen Piscotty was hit by a pitch. After two strikeouts, Ramon Laureano came through with an opposite-field single to score Davis.

Fiers couldn’t deliver a shutdown inning as the Red Sox scored a run to tie the game.

Rafael Devers and Michael Chavis opened with back-to-back singles. Fiers was unlucky in that Chavis hit a grounder up the middle that should have been at least a force out, but the ball hit the second base bag and bounced over Pinder.

Devers saw the play developing and advanced to third. Moreland drove in Devers with a sacrifice fly.

The Red Sox were primed for more when Fiers immediately loaded the bases by walking Christian Vazquez on five pitches and allowing a single to Jackie Bradley Jr.

But the A’s caught a break that has eluded them during the current road trip. Fiers uncorked a pitch to the backstop, but the ball bounced right back to catcher Josh Phegley, who tagged out Chavis trying to score from third. Fiers struck out Tzu-Wei Lin to end the inning.

Boston took the lead for good in the fourth on Moreland’s ninth homer of the season. Fiers threw an 89.2 mph two-seamer on the outer part of the plate and the left-handed slugger crushed it over the Green Monster.

The Red Sox manufactured a run in the fifth. Lin doubled down the third base line, advanced to third on a bunt by Andrew Benintendi and scored on a sacrifice fly by Mookie Betts.

Boston broke the game open with three runs off J.B. Wendelken in the sixth.

Wendelken allowed a lead-off single to Devers and walked Chavis. After inducing two flyouts, Wendelken walked Bradley Jr. On seven pitches to loaded the bases. Devers scored when Lin beat out an infield single. Chavis and Bradley Jr. scored when Benintendi dropped a blooper into left-center.

Vazquez homered on the first pitch in the eighth for Boston’s final run.

Brandon Workman, Colten Brewer and Heath Hembree worked one scoreless inning apiece. Tyler Thornburg pitched the ninth and allowed run-scoring doubles to Davis and Pinder.

The A’s hope to right the ship on Friday night in Pittsburgh when they open a three-game series against the Pirates.

WP: Marcus Walden (4-0, 1.65)
LP: Mike Fiers (2-3, 6.81)
Time: 2:54
Attendance: 33,708
Record: 14-19

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Porcello shuts down Athletics

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 30: Rick Porcello #22 of the Boston Red Sox reacts during the seventh inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics on April 30, 2019 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

The end of April couldn’t come at a better time for the Oakland Athletics.

Rick Porcello pitched eight scoreless innings, Mookie Betts and Mitch Moreland homered, and the Boston Red Sox continue the misery for the Athletics with a 5-1 victory on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Oakland has lost five straight and dropped to 14-18 on the season. The A’s have been outscored 30-12 during the losing skid.

Porcello is the latest pitcher to stymie Oakland. The former Cy Young winner allowed two hits, walked two and struck out eight in eight outstanding innings.

Porcello threw 78 of 114 pitches (68.4%) for strikes. He dominated the A’s despite generating just seven swinging strikes (6.1%).

Aaron Brooks started for Oakland and lasted just 4.1 innings. He allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits, walked three and struck out two.

Brooks allowed a solo homer to Betts in the first inning and a two-run homer to Moreland in the fourth. Both Betts and Moreland crushed their shots over the center field wall.

The Red Sox scored a run in the second on a two-out single by Sandy Leon. They added a run in the fifth on a double by Rafael Devers after Ramon Laureano opened the door with one out by dropping a routine fly ball by J.D. Martinez.

Laureano and Nick Hundley got the only two hits against Porcello, who retired the side in order five times.

Robbie Grossman ended the combined shutout bid by crushing a 93.1 mph fastball from Tyler Thornburg over the Red Sox bullpen leading off the ninth. Grossman has the only two homers the A’s have hit on the current road trip.

WP: Rick Porcello (2-3, 5.52)
LP: Aaron Brooks (2-3, 5.74)
Time: 2:34
Attendance: 31,754
Record: 14-18

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Errors doom Athletics in 9-4 loss to Red Sox

BOSTON, MA – APRIL 29: Matt Barnes #32 and Christian Vazquez #7 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate a victory against the Oakland Athletics on April 29, 2019 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics are not playing good fundamental baseball right now. 

The Athletics filled out the box score, and not in a good way, in a 9-4 come-from-ahead loss to the Boston Red Sox on Monday night at Fenway Park. 

Oakland struck out 10 times, got a runner picked off, committed two errors, walked five, threw two wild pitches and allowed a pass ball.

Rookie Michael Chavis went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Xander Bogaerts and J.D. Martinez drove in two runs apiece. Mookie Betts added three hits for the Red Sox, who improved to 12-17 on the season.

The A’s lost their fourth straight and dropped to 14-17.

After a rough weekend in Toronto, Oakland got off to a positive start with four runs off starter Eduardo Rodriguez in the second inning.

Rodriguez opened the inning by issuing back-to-back walks to Chad Pinder and Kendrys Morales.

Ramon Laureano grounded into a force out. Laureano stole second and scored, along with Pinder, on Jurickson Profar’s single down the left field line. Profar advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Josh Phegley.

After Marcus Semien struck out, Matt Chapman doubled to drive in Phegley.

Frankie Montas started for Oakland and needed just 14 pitches to get through the first two innings, with the help of two inning-ending double plays. But the 26-year-old ran into trouble in the third inning. 

Christian Vazquez walked with one out. Tzu-Wei Lin grounded into what looked like a third straight inning-ending double play to Profar, but he made an errant throw to second for his seventh error of the season. 

Montas followed by committing an error of his own. After inducing a grounder to first by Andrew Benintendi, Montas raced over to cover first. But he missed stepping on the bag after receiving the toss from Kendrys Morales. The A’s challenged the call to no avail. 

Montas could not pitch himself out of trouble after the defensive miscues.

The Red Sox strung together three straight hits to tie the game. Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez hit run-scoring opposite-field singles. Xander Bogaerts followed with a two-run double to deep center.

After a ground out, Michael Chavis hit a two-run single to give Boston a 6-4 lead. All the runs were unearned.

Rodriguez retired Oakland in order in the third and fourth innings, but could not get through the fifth inning to qualify for the win. 

Marcus Semien led off with a single, but was picked off. It proved costly because the A’s hit back-to-back singles with two outs. Heath Hembree replaced Rodriguez and got Pinder to ground into a force out.

Rodriguez allowed four runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out seven in 4.2 innings. 

Montas couldn’t escape the fifth either. Rafael Devers doubled with one out and score on a blooper by Chavis. This was the end of the line for Montas, who allowed seven runs (one earned) on eight hits, walked two and struck out four in 4.1 innings.

Oakland couldn’t take advantage of opportunities to pull runs back in the seventh and ninth innings. 

Robbie Grossman and Semien walked to open the seventh, but Chapman, Stephen Piscotty and Khris Davis all struck out. 

The A’s loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but Piscotty struck out and Davis grounded into a force out. 

The Red Sox added to the tally with lone runs in the seventh and eighth innings. 

The A’s were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine on base. The Red Sox were 6-for-14 with RISP and left eight on base. 

Ryan Brasier was given the win by the official scorer after working 1.1 perfect innings. 

WP: Ryan Brasier (1-0, 1.32) 

LP: Frankie Montas (4-2, 2.97) 

S: Matt Barnes (2, 2.25) 

Time: 3:23 

Attendance: 30,866 

Record: 14-17 

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Drury, Smoak lift Blue Jays over Athletics in extras

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 28: Justin Smoak #14 of the Toronto Blue Jays is congratulated by teammates after driving in the game-winning run with an RBI single in the eleventh inning during MLB game action against the Oakland Athletics at Rogers Centre on April 28, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

It was a lost weekend north of the border for the Oakland Athletics.

The Toronto Blue Jays scored four runs in the bottom of the 11th to stun the Athletics 5-4 on Sunday afternoon at the Rogers Centre.

Oakland scored three times in their half to take a 4-1 lead. But Blake Treinen gave up a game-tying three-run homer to Brandon Drury with one out in the bottom half and a walk-off single to Justin Smoak four batters later.

Toronto swept the six-game season series by the cumulative score of 36-13. The Jays allowed only one home run to Oakland in 56 innings.

Rookie Elvis Luciano got the last out in the top of the 11th to pick up his first major league win. Treinen suffered his second loss.

Chris Bassitt started for Oakland and pitched seven strong innings. The 30-year-old allowed one run on three hits, walked none and struck out nine. Bassitt threw 70 of 103 pitches for strikes and induced eight groundouts to two flyouts.

The only mistake Bassitt made all day was leaving a cutter over the heart of the plate on the fourth pitch of the game to Eric Sogard, who launched it into the visitors bullpen for a leadoff homer.

The A’s will lament the fact that they scored only one run against rookie starter Trent Thornton, who struggled with command.

Thornton walked five in five innings, but gave up just two hits. Thornton helped his cause by allowing the lead-off batter to reach base only once in five innings.

That was in the first when Marcus Semien led off with a single. The A’s loaded the bases with two outs, but Thornton struck out Chad Pinder.

The second hit belonged to Khris Davis and tied the game at 1-1 in the third. Matt Chapman walked with one out. Davis followed with a double down the left-field line to drive in Chapman.

Thornton threw just 56 of 103 pitches for strikes.

The game stay tied until the top of the 11th when Oakland pushed across three runs off Thomas Pannone.

Pannone issued a dreaded lead-off walk to Stephen Piscotty. After Pinder flew out, Piscotty went first to third on a single by Kendrys Morales.

Ramon Laureano drove in Piscotty with a sacrifice fly to deep center. Josh Phegley drove in Morales with a double off the left-field wall.

Pannone loaded the bases by issuing two walks, one intentionally. This was the end of the line for Pannone.

Elvis Luciano was called upon and forced in a run by hitting Chapman on the elbow.

But Treinen couldn’t protect the lead in his second inning of work.

Rowdy Tellez opened by hitting a double off the top of the left-field wall. Alen Hanson walked on five pitches. After Billy McKinney grounded into a force out, Treinen left a 95.8 mph sinker in the middle of the zone that Drury did not miss.

All four of Drury’s home runs this season have come against Oakland.

The Jays weren’t finished yet. Freddy Galvis lined a single to right. Danny Jansen walked on five pitches. After Sogard flew out, Smoak sent everyone home on a 1-0 pitch.

Treinen allowed four runs on five hits, walked two and struck out one in 1.1 innings. He threw just 21 of 39 pitches for strikes and generated just three swinging strikes.

The A’s were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left 12 on base.

WP: Elvis Luciano (1-0, 4.50)
LP: Blake Treinen (1-2, 3.00)
Time: 3:57
Attendance: 18,557
Record: 14-16

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Blue Jays dominate Athletics yet again

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 27: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates their victory with Justin Smoak #14 during MLB game action against the Oakland Athletics at Rogers Centre on April 27, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The good news for the Oakland Athletics is that they only have one game left to play against the Toronto Blue Jays this season. 

Aaron Sanchez allowed one unearned run in five innings and the Blue Jays used a 12-hit attack to beat the Athletics 7-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Rogers Centre. 

Randal Grichuk and Brandon Drury both had three hits for the Jays, who have won the first five meetings by a cumulative score of 31-9. Grichuk added two RBIs. 

Brett Anderson suffered his second loss of the season. He allowed six runs on 10 hits in just 4.1 innings. Anderson has given up eight runs on 14 hits in seven innings against Toronto this season.

Sam Gaviglio relieved Sanchez in the sixth and continued his mastery of the A’s. He allowed two hits and struck out three in three scoreless innings. Last Saturday, Gaviglio punched out five in four perfect innings. 

The Jays jumped on Anderson early and often, with two runs in the first and second innings. 

Eric Sogard led off with a ground-rule double down the left-field line. Justin Smoak walked on four pitches. Randal Grichuk singled to load the bases. Anderson managed to strike out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looking. That’s when things got interesting.

Tesocar Hernandez hits what looked like an inning-ending double-play grounder to third. Matt Chapman made an accurate throw to Jurickson Profar at second for the second out, but Profar threw wildly to first, allowing two runs to score. Profar immediately grabbed his right hand in pain.

Umpires ruled that Profar was hurt as the result of an illegal slide by Grichuk, which meant a double play. Toronto challenged the ruling and the slide interference was overturned by New York. Replays showed that it was just a poor throw by Profar.

Danny Jansen led off the second with a double and moved to third on a single by Alen Hansen. Jansen scored on a safety squeeze by Sogard. After Smoak grounded out, Grichuk drove in Hansen with a single to right. 

The A’s scored their lone run in the fifth and there was a controversy involved as well. 

Ramon Laureano led off with a double and Profar walked. Nick Hundley hits into what looked like a double-play grounder to Sogard at short. Sogard stepped on second for the first out, but threw low to first that Smoak couldn’t scoop. The ball bounced off Smoak and Laureano sprinted home to score.

Replays showed Profar might have changed his path for the purpose of initiating contact with Sogard to break up a double play, which would have resulted in slide interference. Toronto challenged the ruling, but Oakland caught a break when the call was upheld by New York.

Robbie Grossman followed by walking on four pitches to bring the tying run to the plate. But Marcus Semien flew out to right and Chapman lined out to Hernandez in left-center. The A’s had only one runner reached second for the rest of the game. 

Anderson couldn’t deliver a shutdown inning as Toronto scored two runs in the bottom half.

Guerrero walked on five pitches. Hernandez grounded into a force out, Drury singled to put runners on first and second. Rowdy Tellez singled to right to drive in Hernandez and advanced Drury to third. This was the end of the line for Anderson.

Liam Hendriks came on in relief and allowed a sacrifice fly to right by Jansen. It would have been worse had Piscotty not made a sliding catch near the foul line. 

The Jays scored their final run on Grichuk’s double with one out in the sixth. 

WP: Aaron Sanchez (3-1, 2.32) 

LP: Brett Anderson (3-2, 4.35) 

Time: 2:50 

Attendance: 22,254 

Record: 14-15 

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Guerrero Jr., Drury lift Jays over Athletics

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 26: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates their victory as Brandon Drury #3 hit a game-winning two-run home run in the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Oakland Athletics at Rogers Centre on April 26, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Brandon Drury hit a walk-off two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night at the Rogers Centre. 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. set up the winning rally with his first major league hit, a scorching opposite-field double leading off the inning. He went 1-for-4 in his long-awaited debut.

Even the outs Guerrero made were loud. On his first at-bat in the second, he hit a 106.8 mph grounder that first baseman Kendrys Morales snagged. It was the hardest hit ball in the game.

Guerrero showed off his power in the next two plate appearances. He hit two drives to the warning track, including one where left fielder Chad Pinder made a leaping catch against the wall.

The average exit velocity on the balls hit by Guerrero was 98.1 mph.

Yusmeiro Petit suffered his first loss of the season. Ken Giles picked up his first win. 

Despite the loss, the A’s have to be ecstatic over the performance of their Opening Day starter Mike Fiers. 

Fiers bounced back from three straight poor outings with seven solid innings. He allowed two runs on six hits, walked none and struck out five. Fiers threw 67 of 101 pitches for strikes. He retired the side in order three times. 

Marcus Stroman was even better for Toronto. He pitched seven innings of one-hit ball. Stroman threw 61 of 97 pitches for strikes. He generated 16 swinging strikes, including 11 on his sliders. 

Stroman’s record this season remains at 1-3, despite lowering his ERA to 1.43. In 15 innings against Oakland, Stroman has allowed one run on seven hits, walked four and struck out 13. 

Eric Sogard continues to give his former team fits with a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first. 

Fiers retired seven in a row before allowing a one-out infield single in the third to Danny Jansen. After Sogard flew out, back-to-back singles netted a run for Toronto. 

Stroman retired the first nine batters before allowing his only hit to Marcus Semien leading off the fourth. Semien was the only Athletic to reach second base against Stroman. 

Oakland finally broke through in the eighth off reliever Joe Biagini. Ramon Laureano hits a seeing-eye single with one out. Pinch-hitter Robbie Grossman blasted the first pitch he saw over the right-center field wall to tie the game. 

Petit came on in the ninth and gave up the double to Guerrero, who received a rousing ovation as he exited the field for pinch-runner Alen Hansen.

Hansen was sacrificed to third by Billy McKinney. After Teoscar Hernandez lined out to Jurickson Profar, Drury hit the first pitch over the right-center field wall. 

WP: Ken Giles (1-1, 2.19) 

LP: Yusmeiro Petit (0-1, 2.93) 

Time: 2:50 

Attendance: 28,688 

Record: 14-14 

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Athletics sweep Rangers on Pinder’s walk-off

Chad Pinder hit a walk-off single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 6-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum.

After Stephen Piscotty singled with one out and stole second with two outs, Pinder sent everyone home happy with a soft liner into shallow right. It was Pinder’s first career walk-off hit. 

Oakland completed a three-game sweep for a 4-4 homestand and moved back above .500 at 14-13. 

Blake Treinen picked up his first win of the season. Chris Martin took the loss. 

The Rangers scored first in the second inning. Logan Forsythe led off with a double off Aaron Brooks, advanced to third on an out and scored on a groundout by Jeff Mathis. 

Oakland wasted no time responding in the bottom half against Kyle Dowdy, who was making his first major league start. 

After Jurickson Profar walked with one out and Nick Hundley singled with two outs, Marcus Semien followed with his fourth homer of the season. Dowdy left a 91.8 mph fastball waste high, on the inner part of the plate and Semien drove it over the left-field wall. 

Dowdy left the spot start after pitching three innings. He allowed three runs on four hits, walked three and struck out two. 

The Rangers pulled a run back in the third on an opposite-field homer by Nomar Mazara and tied the game in the fourth on a homer by Logan Forsythe.

Oakland regained the lead with two runs in the fifth off Jesse Chavez. Matt Chapman led off with an opposite-field homer on an 0-1 count.

Piscotty followed with a single and Khris Davis walked. After two strikeouts, Profar drove in Piscotty with a single through the second base hole created by a defensive shift. The hit snapped a 0-for 17 slump for Profar. 

Brooks left the game after five innings and 94 pitches. He allowed three runs on six hits, walked none and struck out seven. 

Yusmeiro Petit came on in relief and Mazara promptly greeted him with his second opposite-field homer of the day to pull Texas to within one. 

The Rangers tied the game in the seventh against Joakim Soria. Soria committed the cardinal sin of walking the leadoff batter, Jeff Mathis. After advancing to third on two groundouts. Mathis scored on a wild pitch on an 0-2 count. 

After J.B. Wendelken retired the side in order in the eighth, Treinen was unleashed to pitch the ninth. 

Treinen hasn’t pitched since Sunday and it showed. He issued two walks, but got Delino DeShields to ground into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play. Replays showed that Profar actually took his feet off the second base bag as he was turning the play. 

The Rangers tried to challenge, but was denied by the umpires for taking longer than the allotted time. Oakland took full advantage in the bottom half. 

The A’s hit the road for a nine-game road trip, starting on Friday night in Toronto. Oakland will try to avenge a three-game sweep at home by the Blue Jays last weekend. 

The Jays are expected to call up third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the number one prospect in baseball. 

WP: Blake Treinen (1-1, 0.68) 

LP: Chris Martin (0-2, 5.40) 

Time: 3:22 

Attendance: 18,610 

Record: 14-13 

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Athletics pound out 14 hits in rout of Rangers

OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 23: Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Josh Phegley #19 after Piscotty scored against the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the fourth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 23, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics offense is back after a weekend hiatus. 

Stephen Piscotty went 4-for-5 and the Athletics used a 14-hit attack to beat the Texas Rangers 11-5 Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum. 

Every batter recorded at least one hit and seven drove in runs. 

Frankie Montas benefited from the outburst and picked up his fourth win of the season. The 26-year-old allowed three runs on nine hits, walked two and struck out six in 5.2 innings. 

Lance Lynn suffered his second loss. He allowed eight runs on nine hits, two walks and struck out three in 3.1 innings.  

The Rangers also had 14 hits, but they were only 3-for-13 with RISP and hit into two double plays. The A’s went 6-for-19 with RISP. Both teams left 10 on base. 

Texas got on the board with a two-out rally in the first. Elvis Andrus singled and stole second. Nomar Mazara drove in Andrus with a double to the gap in left-center. 

Oakland tied the game in the bottom half when Matt Chapman launched his seventh homer of the season with two outs. The towering drive just stayed inside the left-field foul pole. 

Texas went up 2-1 in the top of the second. Hunter Pence led off with a double and scored on a single by Asdrubal Cabrera. Cabrera moved to second on a wild pitch and third after a ground out.

But Montas got a grounder from Isiah Kiner-Falefa to a drawn-in infield and Shin-Soo Choo to strike out looking.

The A’s tied the game again in the bottom half. Piscotty led off with a triple and scored on a groundout to second by Kendrys Morales.

The turning point of the game came in the top of the fourth. Texas loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, infield single and an error by Montas. 

Montas needed to pull off a Houdini act to escape unscathed and he did. Logan Forsythe hit a high bouncer to Chapman, who caught it and started a 5-2-3 double play. Montas escaped the jam by inducing a groundout from Kiner-Falefa. 

The Oakland offense rewarded Montas for his efforts by scoring six runs in the bottom half. 

Piscotty and Morales opened the inning with back-to-back singles. After Chad Pinder grounded into a forceout, Ramon Laureano singled in Piscotty. Josh Phegley hit a two-run double down the left-field line. Robbie Grossman singled to put runners on first and third. 

Marcus Semien followed with a two-run double of his own. After a wild pitch and a walk to Chapman, Khris Davis drove in Semien with a single to left. 

Lynn was finally pulled and replaced by Wei-Chieh Huang, who was making his Major League debut. Huang got out of the inning by inducing two flyouts.

The A’s added two runs in the fifth. Laureano drove in the first run with a double and scored two batters later on a throwing error by second baseman Danny Santana. 

Montas left after giving up a run in the sixth. Yusmeiro Petit pitched 1.1 scoreless innings and Ryan Dull pitched the final two innings. 

Montas threw 68 of 107 pitches for strikes. He induced eight groundouts and just one flyout. Montas threw 48 two-seamers, 32 sliders, 14 splitters and 13 four-seamers. He utilized his splitter for four strikeouts.

WP: Frankie Montas (4-1, 3.10) 

LP: Lance Lynn (2-2, 6.51) 

Time: 3:17 

Attendance: 10,496 

Record: 13-13 

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Bassitt, Piscotty lead Athletics over Rangers

OAKLAND, CA – APRIL 22: Chris Bassitt #40 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Texas Rangers in the top of the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 22, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Chris Bassitt was just what the doctor ordered for the Oakland Athletics. 

Behind the arm of Bassitt and the bat of Stephen Piscotty, the Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers 6-1 Monday night at the Oakland Coliseum. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Oakland. 

Bassitt made his season debut and allowed two hits, walked four and struck out seven in five scoreless innings. Piscotty went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs. 

With Mike Fiers struggling and injuries to Marco Estrada and Brett Anderson, Oakland needed a solid outing from Bassitt and the 30-year-old delivered. 

Bassitt saved his best for last. He finished his outing by striking out Elvis Andrus, Rangers’ top hitter, with runners on second and third.

Piscotty put Oakland on the board with one out in the second inning by hitting his fourth homer of the season off starter Mike Minor. The solo shot snapped a string of 31.1 homerless innings for the A’s. Minor left a 94.1 mph fastball down Hegenberger and Piscotty launched it over the center field wall. 

The A’s scored in back-to-back innings for the first time in eight days. Josh Phegley led off the third with a double. After a groundout, Mark Canha singled to advance Phegley to third. Matt Chapman drove in Phegley with a sacrifice fly. 

Oakland added two runs in the sixth. With one out, Minor issued back-to-back walks to Chapman and Khris Davis. Chad Pinder drove in Chapman with a first-pitch double inside the third base bag. Piscotty drove in Davis with a sacrifice fly to center. The out might have gone for extra bases had Delino DeShields not make a running catch in full sprint. 

Minor suffered his second loss. He allowed four runs on four hits, walked three and struck out four in six innings. 

The Rangers scored their lone run in the seventh off Ryan Dull, who was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas earlier in the day. Jeff Mathis led off by laying down a perfect bunt for a single. After a flyout and a single by Shin-Soo Choo, Dull was replaced by J.B. Wendelken. 

Wendelken got Danny Santana to lineout, but pinch-hitter Patrick Wisdom lined a double down the left field line that score Mathis. Wisdom was pinch-hitting for Andrus, who finally couldn’t continue after being hit on the right hand by a pitch in the first inning. Wendelken limited the damage to just one run when he induced a groundout from Nomar Mazara. 

Oakland added two insurance runs in the eighth. With two outs and runners on first and second, Piscotty lined a single to right for the first run. The second run came in when DeShields misplayed the ball. 

Joakim Soria and Fernando Rodney pitched the eighth and ninth inning, respectively, for Oakland. WIth his 907th appearance, Rodney took sole possession of 24th place all-time. 

WP: Chris Bassitt (1-0, 0.00) 

LP: Mike Minor (2-2, 3.21) 

Time: 2:48 

Attendance: 8,073 

Record: 12-13 

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