Jed Lowrie, Matt Chapman power A’s past Mariners

OAKLAND — Jed Lowrie called it “playoff baseball,” and the A’s all-star second baseman seems to have shifted into postseason gear.

“It should be fun,” Lowrie said before the A’s faced the Mariners on Monday night in the first of 10 meetings between the AL West contenders before season’s end. “There’s a lot of pressure all the way around. I’m not one to judge who’s got more.”

If Lowrie was feeling any heat, he channeled it in a positive fashion, driving in four runs as the A’s held off the Mariners 7-6 in front of an announced crowd of just 10,400 to extend their margin over Seattle and creep closer to division-leading Houston.

Matt Chapman shared the marquee, hitting three doubles to tie a franchise record, including a two-run line drive down the left-field line that stretched Oakland’s lead to 6-1 in the sixth inning. Lowrie following with a pool-cue shot past third base for his second double of the game, scoring Chapman.

With the A’s leading 7-3, reliever Jeurys Familia walked the bases loaded to open the ninth before giving way to closer Blake Treinen.

Treinen allowed one run on a wild pitch, then two more on a single by Mitch Haniger that closed the margin to one run. But he struck out Cameron Maybin and Nelson Cruz to end things.

With their 10th win in the past 12 games, the A’s improved to 71-48 and have a 2 1/2-game margin over the Mariners (69-51) for the second AL wild card spot. The idle world champion Astros (73-46), who come to town for three games beginning Friday, now lead the AL West by just two games.

“The intensity starts to build,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin, whose team won for the 37th time in 49 games. “For us, we had to come a long way to …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


Lowrie drives in 4 to back Manaea, A’s hold off Mariners

OAKLAND, Calif. — Jed Lowrie drove in four runs to back Sean Manaea and the Oakland Athletics held off a late Seattle rally to beat the Mariners 7-6 on Monday night in a matchup of AL West contenders.

Manaea (11-8) pitched into the eighth and bounced back from a season-low 2 2/3 innings against the Dodgers his last time out.

Second-place Oakland moved 2 1/2 games ahead of the Mariners, who had momentum coming off a four-game sweep at first-place and defending World Series champion Houston. Seattle had won six of eight. The idle Astros had their lead trimmed to two games over the A’s.

Jean Segura and Nelson Cruz hit consecutive RBI singles with two outs in the eighth, and the Mariners — who like the A’s have a knack for late-inning rallies — nearly pulled off a comeback. Seattle loaded the bases with none out in the ninth on three walks by Jeurys Familia before Blake Treinen relieved and allowed a run on a wild pitch and Mitch Haniger’s two-run single before closing it out for his 31st save. Cruz struck out swinging to end it with runners on first and second.

Matt Chapman hit a two-run double in the sixth, his third double of the game. That matched the Oakland record that he last accomplished on June 12 against Houston.

Manaea gave up two runs and five hits in 7 2/3 innings as the A’s won for the fourth time in five games and moved a season-high 23 games above .500 (71-48). The left-hander faced the minimum through three despite allowing a baserunner in each of the initial two innings — getting a caught stealing in the first and double play in …read more



Record-setting Colon wins again as Rangers top D-backs

ARLINGTON, Texas — Bartolo Colon kept the Texas Rangers close after a rough first inning in his first start since setting the record for victories by a Latin American pitcher.

His catcher helped the 45-year-old right-hander extend that mark.

Robinson Chirinos hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the fourth while finishing with four RBIs, and Colon made it through five innings in the Rangers’ 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

Colon (7-10) retired 10 consecutive batters after allowing run-scoring doubles by A.J. Pollock and Steven Souza Jr. in the first. Pollock’s liner was misplayed in right field by Joey Gallo.

Big Sexy got his 247th career win, two more than Dennis Martinez of Nicaragua. A native of the Dominican Republic, Colon has four more victories than countryman and Hall of Famer Juan Marichal.

“He’s been doing it for so long, he knows when he gives up some runs he can come back and keep the game close,” Chirinos said. “That’s what he did tonight.”

Chirinos’ 443-foot drive into the visitors’ bullpen in left-centre was his 16th homer of the season and ended Arizona right-hander Zack Greinke’s streak of nine straight starts allowing two runs or fewer. Chirinos added an RBI single in the eighth.

Ronald Guzman led off the third with his 13th homer after Greinke (12-8) retired the first six Texas hitters.

Greinke permitted six hits and four runs in 6 1/3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts while dropping his third straight start after winning his previous seven decisions.

“I think they’re the best offence in baseball the last month,” Greinke said. “So going in in their …read more



Nats walked off again, this time by Cards’ DeJong

ST. LOUIS — Paul DeJong handed the Washington Nationals their second straight walk-off loss, capping a back-and-forth finish with a game-ending solo homer in the ninth inning of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 7-6 victory Monday night.

DeJong took Koda Glover (0-1) deep leading off the ninth on a 3-1 pitch. A night earlier, Ryan Madson allowed a game-ending ninth-inning grand slam to the Chicago Cubs’ David Bote to end a 4-3 defeat.

Matt Carpenter kicked off a wild ending with a three-run go-ahead homer during a four-run eighth inning for St. Louis. It was Carpenter’s 17th homer during a 31-game on-base streak.

Washington tied it at 6 in the top of the ninth on RBI singles by Daniel Murphy and Matt Wieters off closer Bud Norris. Dakota Hudson (3-0) relieved Norris and stranded two baserunners by retiring Wilmer Difo and Adam Eaton.

Jedd Gyorko sparked St. Louis’ big eighth inning with a homer off Justin Miller. Kolten Wong and Patrick Widsom then singled to set up Carpenter’s 33rd homer. Carpenter has homered in seven of his past 10 games.

Washington’s bullpen has blown saves in three of its past four games. All-Star closer Sean Doolittle has been on the disabled list since early July, and top setup man Kelvin Herrera went to the DL with right rotator cuff impingement last week.

Juan Soto and Bryce Harper homered for Washington, which has lost five of seven.

Harper won a 10-pitch battle with starter Miles Mikolas by drilling his 29th homer leading off the fourth to lead 2-1.

Ryan Zimmerman added a run-scoring double in the second for the Nationals.

Jose Martinez had four hits …read more



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