Montas dominant in Athletics’ 7-2 victory over Tigers

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – MAY 17: Frankie Montas #47 of the Oakland Athletics throws a first inning pitch while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 17, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Frankie Montas might just be the ace the Oakland Athletics have been searching for all season. 

Montas came within one out of his first career complete game as the Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 on Friday night at Comerica Park. 

Montas improved to 5-2 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.67, good for eighth best in AL. The 26-year-old set career-highs with 8.2 innings pitched and 10 strikeouts. Montas allowed two runs on four hits and walked none. 

Mark Canha and Chad Pinder supported Montas with two-run homers. Khris Davis went 3-of-4 with an RBI. 

According to Baseball Savant, Montas threw 73 of 109 pitches (67.0%) for strikes and generated 18 swinging strikes (16.5 percent). He induced 13 groundouts to just two flyouts. 

Montas threw 41 sinkers, 26 sliders, 25 four-seamers and 17 splitters. He deployed a splitter for four strikeouts, sinker for three strikeouts, four-seamer for two strikeouts and a slider for one strikeout. 

Daniel Norris suffered his second loss. He allowed six runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out two. 

Oakland started the scoring with a run in the fourth inning. Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty opened with back-to-back singles. Chapman advanced to third on a fly ball by Davis and scored when Matt Olson beat out a double play grounder to first by millimeters. 

The A’s scored two runs in the fifth. Jurickson Profar led off by working an eight-pitch walk. Canha followed with his fifth homer of the season. Norris left a 1-0 fastball over the heart of the plate and Canha crushed it into the right field bleachers. 

The Tigers pulled a run back in the bottom half. After retiring the first 12 batters, Montas allowed a leadoff double to Miguel Cabrera. Cabrera came around to score on a one-out double by Josh Harrison. 

Montas hit Dawel Lugo with a 1-2 pitch to put the tying run on base. But Montas escaped further damage when John Hicks and JaCoby Jones grounded into force outs at second base on back-to-back pitches. 

Oakland answered with three runs in the sixth. 

Davis singled with one out. Olson followed with another single, but the ball was misplayed by Jones in center and rolled to the warning track. Davis scored and Olson reached third. 

Olson scored on Pinder’s fourth homer of the season. Hicks wanted a slider in on the 3-2 pitch, but Norris left it over the heart of the plate. 

Davis hit an RBI single off Sandy Baez in the eighth. 

After retiring the side in order from the sixth to the eighth innings, the only drama left was if Montas can finish what he started. 

Montas allowed a leadoff single to Gordon Beckham. After getting two outs, the last man standing between Montas and the complete game was Cabrera. 

Cabrera would not cooperate as he lined a gapper into right-center for an RBI double. The hit was number 2,721 for Cabrera, moving him into a tie for 63rd all time with Lou Gehrig. 

Montas departed after a spectacular performance. Lou Trivino came on to strike out Ronny Rodriguez to end the game. 

WP: Frankie Montas (5-2, 2.67) LP: Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.50) 

Time: 2:28 Attendance: 18,746 Record: 21-25 


Chapman hits walk-off HR in 12th, Athletics win 4-3

OAKLAND, CA – MAY 10: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics swings and watches the flight of his ball as he hits a solo walk-off home run to defeat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 in the bottom of the 12th inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 10, 2019 in Oakland, California. The Athletics won the game 4-3. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Matt Chapman can add a walk-off homer to his growing list of achievements. 

Chapman’s blast leading off the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Oakland Athletics a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum. 

It was Chapman’s first career walk-off hit and he accomplished it against one of the best pitchers in Brad Hand. 

Hand came in with 10 saves and a minuscule 1.08 ERA. Batters were slashing just .155/.234/.207 with 24 strikeouts, including 18 by right-handed batters. 

But Hand mislocated a 3-2 slider on the inner part of the plate and Chapman crushed it over the left field wall. The ball traveled a projected distance of 427 feet. 

Joakim Soria pitched two perfect innings to pick up his first win of the season. After a rough start, Soria has given up just one run in his last 12 innings. Hand suffered his second loss.

Oakland received another solid start from Frankie Montas. Montas allowed two runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out seven. 

Montas threw 64 of 97 pitches for strikes. He generated 15 swinging strikes. The 26-year-old’s ERA stands at 2.78 after eight starts. 

Cody Anderson made his second start for Cleveland and lasted just three innings. The 28-year-old allowed two runs on three hits, walked three and struck out three. 

After being shut out by the other Ohio team on Thursday afternoon, Oakland scored a run off Anderson in the opening inning.

Marcus Semien led off with a double and advanced to third on a ground out by Jurickson Profar. After Chapman popped out, Anderson gifted Oakland a run on a wild pitch. 

Montas couldn’t deliver a shutdown inning as the Indians scored two runs to take the lead. 

Former Athletic Carlos Gonzalez opened with a double and scored on another double by Jake Bauers. Bauers scored on a double-play grounder by Kevin Plawecki a batter later. 

Anderson couldn’t deliver a shutdown inning either as Oakland tied the game with a two-run rally. Robbie Grossman doubled and scored on a single by Josh Phegley. Phegley leads the AL with 22 RBIs. 

The game stay tied until the bottom of the sixth when Ramon Laureano took Neil Ramirez deep for his fourth homer of the season. 

Ramirez threw an 84.1 mph slider over the outer part of the plate and Laureano crushed it over the center field wall. The ball traveled a project distance of 408 feet.

OAKLAND, CA – MAY 10: Ramon Laureano #22 of the Oakland Athletics trots around the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the bottom of the six inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 10, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Lou Trivino relieved Montas in the seventh, but could not deliver a shutdown inning as he often does.  

Plawecki led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Leonys Martin and scored on a sacrifice fly by Francisco Lindor. Plawecki slid home just ahead of a perfect throw from Grossman in medium left. 

Trivino gave up a single to Jason Kipnis and a walk to Jose Ramirez, but got Carlos Santana to fly out to keep the game tied. 

Oakland couldn’t push a run across despite leadoff singles in both the eighth and the ninth. 

Ryan Buchter, Blake Treinen and Soria followed Trivino and retired all 15 batters they faced on 52 pitches. 

Treinen passed Hall-of-Famer Rollie Fingers to set a new Oakland A’s reliever record with 32 consecutive scoreless innings at home. 

The Indians bullpen retired nine batters in a row before Chapman’s heroics off Hand. 

WP: Joakim Soria (1-2, 4.66) LP: Brad Hand (2-2, 1.62) 

Time: 3:41

Record 18-22

Attendance: 36,913


Athletics blow lead in 13th to complete disastrous road trip

PITTSBURGH, PA – MAY 05: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is hugged by Melky Cabrera #53 as he crosses home plate after hitting a walk-off three run home run in the thirteenth inning during the game against the Oakland Athletics at PNC Park on May 5, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

The silver lining for the Oakland Athletics is that they are still only six games behind the Houston Astros in the AL West despite a 1-8 road trip.

Starling Marte hit a walk-off three-run homer off Fernando Rodney in the bottom of the 13th inning to give the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-3 victory on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park.

This marked the second Sunday in a row in which the Oakland bullpen blew a lead in extra innings. Last week, Blake Treinen gave up four runs in the bottom of the 11th to the Toronto Blue Jays.

A week later, Rodney couldn’t protect a 3-1 lead against the Pirates. Rodney allowed a one-out single to Cole Tucker, walked Jung Ho Kang despite getting ahead 0-2, an RBI single to Adam Frazier and the game-winner to Marte.

All three hits Rodney allowed in the 13th inning came off first-pitch fastballs right down the middle. (Diagram courtesy of MLB)

The Oakland bullpen had retired 14 batters in a row before the 13th inning meltdown.

Tyler Lyons picked up the win. He allowed two runs on in two innings. Rodney suffered his second loss.

The Pirates got on the scoreboard first in the second inning. Josh Bell led off with a double to the gap in left center. Bell advanced to third on a groundout by Melky Cabrera and scored on a sacrifice fly by Colin Moran.

Khris Davis was replaced defensively in the bottom half with a left hip contusion after reaching into the stands for a sensational catch in the opening inning. His hip made hard contact with the side wall on the follow-through and was in obvious pain.

Jordan Lyles started for Pittsburgh and allowed just three hits and two walks in the first 6.2 innings. But Oakland finally broke through with a two-out rally in the seventh.

Nick Hundley doubled down the left field line and scored the tying run on Robbie Grossman’s pinch-hit opposite field single.

Frankie Montas started for Oakland and earned a well deserved no decision. The 26-year-old allowed one run on five hits, walked none and struck out five in six innings. Montas threw 58 of 90 pitches (64.4%) for strikes.

The most stressful inning for Montas came in his final inning when the Pirates put runners on first and third with no outs with the heart of the order due up.

But Gregory Polanco flew out to Ramon Laureano, Bell struck out and Melky Cabrera lined out. Laureano’s reputation forced the Pirates to hold the runner at third twice.

The A’s got two innings each from Lou Trivino and Joakim Soria and an inning each from Ryan Buchter and Yusmeiro Petit.

Lyons was pitching his second inning in the 13th when he issued leadoff walks to Laureano and Chapman.

After Chad Pinder grounded into a force out, Kendrys Morales drove in Laureano with a bloop single into center. Stephen Piscotty drove in Chapman on the next pitch with a double off the out-of-town scoreboard in right.

With Petit on deck, the Pirates walked Jurickson Profar intentionally to load the bases. Then Oakland got unlucky.

Petit grounded sharply up the middle. The ball hit Lyons and caromed to Kang at third. Kang stepped on the bag for a force out and threw to first for a 1-5-3 double play.

The unlucky bounce was a prelude to what was about to come in the bottom half.

The A’s will get a day off before starting a six-game homestand on Tuesday night against the Cincinnati Reds.

WP: Tyler Lyons (1-0, 9.00)

LP: Fernando Rodney (0-2, 8.78)

Time: 3:58

Attendance: 18,517

Record: 15-21


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 


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 


Athletics end Astros’ 10-game win streak with 2-1 win

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 17: Matt Chapman #26 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by Stephen Piscotty #25 after he hit a home run off of Wade Miley #20 of the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 17, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Oakland Athletics finally got off the schneid against the Houston Astros. 

Riding the arm of Frankie Montas and the bat of Matt Chapman, the Athletics defeated the Astros 2-1 on Wednesday night at the Oakland Coliseum.

The A’s earned a split in the brief two-game series and ended the Astros’ 10-game win streak. It was also Oakland’s first win in five tries against Houston this season.

Montas went 6.1 innings for his third win of the season. He allowed one run on three hits, walked two and struck out six. Montas threw 58 of 88 pitches for strikes and induced eight groundouts to only one flyout. 

Wade Miley pitched well for Houston in defeat, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings. But he made one more mistake than Montas and it was the go-ahead homer by Chapman in the sixth.  

Miley left an 86.5 mph cutter on the inner part of the plate and Chapman crushed it into the left-field bleachers. The ball exited at a velocity of 111.5 mph and traveled a distance of 441 feet. 

The first run for Oakland came in the second inning. With one out, Mark Canha doubled down the left field line. After a groundout, Jurickson Profar lined one just under the glove of Alex Bregman and down the left field line for another double to drive Canha in.

The Astros didn’t get their first hit until one out in the fifth when Yuli Gurriel lined a single to center. Houston’s lone run came in the sixth.

Montas issued a walk to George Springer with one out. An errant pick-off throw advanced Springer to second. After striking out Jose Altuve, Montas walked Bregman.

Michael Brantley drove Springer in with the tying run by hitting a grounder on the first pitch through the shortstop hole created by a defensive shift. Montas regrouped and retired Carlos Correa on a force out to end the threat.

Chapman led off the bottom half with his sixth homer of the season and that was all she wrote.

Montas went back out for the seventh and allowed a one-out single to Josh Reddick. This was the end of a great night for Montas. Lou Trivino came on and protected the lead with two strikeouts.

Trivino went on to retire the side in order in the eighth. Blake Treinen gave up a leadoff walk and a one-out single in the ninth, but got Reddick to pop out and struck out Robinson Chirinos to end the game.

Trivino and Treinen combined to throw 33 of 43 pitches for strikes. 

WP: Frankie Montas (3-1, 2.70) 

LP: Wade Miley (1-2, 3.32) 

S: Blake Treinen (6, 0.79) 

Time: 2:29 

Attendance: 11,323 

Record: 11-10 


A’s lose road opener to Astros

Collin McHugh pitched six strong innings, and Carlos Correa hit his first homer of the season to lead the Houston Astros to a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics to win their home opener on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

McHugh allowed one run on three hits, walked three and struck out four on 94 pitches. The 31-year-old kept the Athletics off balance with his assortment of pitches. McHugh threw 35 sliders, 33 four-seamers, 17 cutters, seven curves and two changeups. 

Frankie Montas started for Oakland and suffered his first loss of the season. He allowed two runs on seven hits, walked three and struck out five in five laborious innings. But Montas managed to keep the A’s in the game by stranding seven baserunners. 

Ramon Laureano was one of the few bright spots for Oakland. He went 4-for-4 with two RBIs against the team that drafted him in the 16th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. The rest of the team was a combined 3-for-29 (.103). 

Oakland failed to capitalize on a golden scoring opportunity in the third inning. Laureano led off with a double. Nick Hundley struck out. Robbie Grossman walked. After Matt Chapman flew out, Stephen Piscotty walked to load the bases. But Khris Davis struck out on a nasty slider to end the inning. 

The Astros would take the lead in their half of the inning. Tony Kemp walked with one out, moved to second on a groundout, and moved to third on Jose Altuve’s infield single. Alex Bregman stepped up to the plate and lined a single to center to score Kemp. Bregman continues to haunt the A’s. The 24-year-old came into the game slashing .346/.451/.624 with eight homers and 31 RBIs in 133 at-bats against Oakland. 

The A’s did not waste any time and tied the game in the top of the fourth. Kendrys Morales led off with a walk, advanced to third on two groundouts, and scored on Laureano’s second hit of the night.   

However, the game would not be tie for long. Correa got a hanging slider over the heart of the plate and launched it over the left-center field wall for a leadoff homer. The Astros had a chance to break the game open when they loaded the bases with one out, but Montas was able to induce 2017 World Series MVP George Springer to hit into a 6-4-3 double play. 

The Astros scored their third run in the seventh. Springer led off with a single off J.B. Wendelken. Altuve ripped the first pitch he saw into the gap in left-center field. Laureano misplayed the carom off the wall and that allowed Springer to sprint home without a throw. 

Oakland managed to make it exciting in the ninth. Morales greeted Astros closer Roberto Osuna with an opposite-field single and was pinch-ran for with Mark Canha. Marcus Semien and Jurickson Profar struck out. Laureano was the last chance for the A’s. 

On the 1-1 pitch, Osuna threw a 96.8 mph fastball over the head of Laureano and to the backstop. The ruling on the field by home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott was that the ball had hit Laureano. 

Astros manager A.J. Hinch challenged that the ball hit Laureano’s bat instead and should have been a foul ball. Laureano had raised the bat in order to protect himself. 

After a long review, New York determined that the ball hit nothing but air and was ruled a wild pitch. Laureano returned to the batter’s box and grounded a single to center on the next pitch to score Canha, who had alertly moved to second on the wild pitch. 

But that would be all for Oakland as Osuna retired pinch-hitter Chad Pinder on a ground out to end the contest. 

WP: Collin McHugh (1-1, 2.45) 

LP: Frankie Montas (1-1, 2.45) 

S: Roberto Osuna (2, 3.00) 

Time: 3:03 

Attendance: 43,165

Record: 6-5


Montas, Davis lead Athletics past Angels

The Oakland Athletics will be hard to beat this season if they continue to get quality start after quality start from their starting rotation. 

Frankie Montas allowed one run in six-plus innings, leading the A’s to a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum. 

Player of the game: Frankie Montas 

Montas might have been the first Oakland starter in this series to give up a run, but he might have been the most impressive. After allowing a leadoff double and a hit-by-pitch to begin the game, Montas retired 17 straight batters before Kole Calhoun crushed a 440-foot home run to right center field with two outs in the top of the sixth. The run snapped a streak of 26.1 scoreless innings by an A’s starter. 

After Calhoun’s homer, Montas regrouped and struck Mike Trout out on a 96.4 mph fastball. 

The end of the line for Montas came when he allowed a leadoff double to Justin Bour in the seventh. Montas received a rousing ovation as he walked off the mound. 

Bullpen: TST delivered 

Lou Trivino was called upon to preserve the lead and did just that. He induced a groundout from Andrelton Simmons, a foul pop out from Zack Cozart and struck Tommy La Stella out looking. 

After a disastrous outing Friday night, Joakim Soria returned to the mound and got much better results. He retired the Angels on 11 pitches. 

Treinen was unleashed in the ninth and picked up his second consecutive save to help Oakland win its first series of 2019.

The final line for Montas: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. 

Offense: Just enough 

The A’s produced just enough offense. Khris Davis opened the scoring in the fourth inning with his AL-leading fourth home run of the season, a 388-foot shot to deep left off Angels starter Tyler Skaggs. 

Oakland picked up what turned out to be the winning run in the fifth. Marcus Semien doubled with two outs and scored on Matt Chapman’s blooper to left field. 

The A’s had an opportunity to get some insurance runs when they loaded the bases with one out in the eighth, but failed to score. 

The final line for Skaggs: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.

On deck: Boston Red Sox

The defending world champions are coming to town for a four-game series starting Monday night. It will be the Red Sox’s only appearance in Oakland until the playoffs.

WP: Frankie Montas (1-0, 1.50) 

LP: Tyler Skaggs (0-1, 3.86) 

S: Blake Treinen (2, 0.00)

Time: 2:40 

Attendance: 23,265 

Record: 3-3