The Oakland Athletics needed a laugher on the road and they got it on Thursday afternoon in Detroit.
Oakland pounded out five home runs in a 17-3 rout over the Tigers at Comerica Park. The A’s won for just the sixth time in 21 games on the road.
Jurickson Profar led the way with his first career grand slam. Marcus Semien crushed a three-run homer . Josh Phegley and Mark Canha blasted two-run homers. Matt Olson added a solo shot.
Chris Bassitt worked a career-high-tying eight shutout innings to pick up his second win of the season. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out seven. Bassitt lowered his ERA to 1.93 in five starts since being called up in April 17.
Spencer Turnbull suffered his third loss. He allowed six runs on five hits, walked two and struck out six in four innings. But only one of the runs were earned. The A’s added 11 runs off the Tigers bullpen, including two against second baseman Brandon Dixon.
The Tigers wasted the game’s first scoring opportunity in the second inning.
Ronny Rodriguez tripled with one out, but was thrown out by Matt Chapman trying to score on a Josh Harrison grounder to the edge of the infield grass.
The A’s took advantage of their scoring opportunity in the third.
Robbie Grossman led off with a triple and scored on an RBI single by Phegley on the next pitch. After Semien grounded into a forceout, Chapman walked on five pitches.
Olson followed with a grounder to Niko Goodrum at first base, but Goodrum threw wild to second trying to start an inning-ending double play and the bases were loaded.
After striking out Davis for the second out, Turnbull threw a wild pitch on a 2-1 count to Stephen Piscotty, allowing Semien to race home for the second run.
After walking Piscotty on the next pitch to reload the base, Turnbull tried to get ahead of Profar with a curve on the first pitch.
But it was a hanger and Profar deposited it into the right field bleachers for a 6-0 Oakland lead.
The farthest (419 feet) and highest exit velocity (105.9) of the homers belonged to Canha off Dixon, who was making his third career pitching appearance. Dixon had worked 1.1 perfect innings as a member of the Cincinnati Reds last season.
The bottom four of the order (Profar, Ramon Laureano, Grossman, Phegley) were a combined 9-of-19 with seven runs and 10 RBIs. The A’s now have seven players with five or more home runs and six with 20 or more RBIs.
While the A’s were raking, Bassitt was cruising against Detroit. He did not allow a runner to reach second base after the second inning.
Bassitt threw 69 of 105 pitches for strikes. He threw 39 sinkers, 33 four-seamers, 14 cutters, 12 curves and 3 changeups. Bassitt generated 21 called strikes and just nine swinging strikes.
Dawel Lugo broke the shutout with a two-out, three-run homer off Aaron Brooks in the bottom of the ninth. It was the second career homer for Lugo, who was recalled from Triple-A Toledo earlier in the morning. The 24-year-old was the 17th-ranked prospect in the Tigers farm system.
WP: Chris Bassitt (2-1, 1.93) LP: Spencer Turnbull (2-3, 2.40)
Time: 2:55 Attendance: 18,527 Record: 20-25