Tay­lor and Chap­man back Meng­den as A’s beat Car­di­nals

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ST. LOUIS — The Oakland Ath­let­ics knew they had a big hole to fill in their start­ing ro­ta­tion when they lost ace Frankie Mon­tas to a long sus­pen­sion. For one night, Daniel Meng­den slipped right in.

Meng­den pitched six score­less in­nings and Beau Tay­lor and Matt Chap­man home­red to lead the Ath­let­ics to a 2-0 win over the St. Louis Car­di­nals on Wed­nes­day night.

“The tim­ing of it was great, es­pe­cially af­ter a short start yes­ter­day,” Ath­let­ics man­ager Bob Melvin said. “Guys know that they’re go­ing to have to pickup where Frankie left off. We had so many in­juries last year in the ro­ta­tion. Guys look for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity, and it was Daniel’s op­por­tu­nity to­day.”

Mon­tas, 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 15 starts, was sus

pended 80 games last Fri­day for test­ing pos­i­tive for a per­for­mance-enhancing sub­stance.

Meng­den (2-1) gave up four hits and struck out five for his first win since May 18 at Detroit.

“I know I be­long here and I can pitch here so it’s re­ally tough to hear what hap­pened to Frankie,” Meng­den said. “I’ve been called up and called down so many times, so I knew the time was go­ing to come even­tu­ally to come back. I was al­ways ready and hun­gry for the op­por­tu­nity, got the op­por­tu­nity, and tried to the best I could to keep the guys in it.”

Yus­meiro Petit pitched the sev­enth, Joakim So­ria the eighth and Liam Hen­driks got the last three outs for his sec­ond save in four chances. Hen­driks has not al­lowed a run in 23 of his last 25 ap­pear­ances.

Oakland got its fifth shutout of the sea­son — first on the road — and first since May 7 against Cincin­nati.

Adam Wain­wright (5-7) al­lowed two runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 in­nings with nine strike­outs. “I had very good stuff to­day,” Wain­wright said. “Lo­cated the ball for the most part and stayed in good counts but they had a cou­ple good swings on me 0-2.”

St. Louis was shutout for the sixth time this sea­son, and the third time in its last 14 games.

“We weren’t able to put any con­sis­tent at bats to­gether,” Car­di­nals man­ager Mike Shildt said. “We’re good and most of­fenses are good when you put to­gether a lot of qual­ity at bats and you string them to­gether. We’ve had a stretch of that where we didn’t get re­warded. Right now we’ve got to get back to just do­ing that, the qual­ity at bats.”

Tay­lor home­red into the Car­di­nals’ bullpen in right­cen­ter field in the fourth in­ning. It was his sec­ond home run in seven starts.

“I don’t want to get up there and they just see the guy who gets called up and is go­ing to be an easy out,” Tay­lor said. “I don’t want to be that at all. I kind of want peo­ple to try and re­mem­ber me.”

Chap­man chased Wain­wright from the game when he got his team­lead­ing 19th homer into the Ath­let­ics’ bullpen in left­cen­ter.

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