Pis­cotty homers, A’s keep rolling with vic­tory over Rangers

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

OAK­LAND (AP) — With a dom­i­nant 15-man bullpen, the Oak­land Ath­let­ics don’t need much from their starters th­ese days.

That’s been story of the hottest team in base­ball. On Sun­day, they over­came a stinker.

Stephen Pis­cotty home­red and Oak­land ral­lied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Texas Rangers 7-3, the Ath­let­ics’ fourth straight win and sixth in seven games.

Trevor Cahill gave up three runs, two hits and six walks in 2 2/3 in­nings in his short­est start of the sea­son.

But the A’s got another stel­lar per­for­mance from their bullpen, as seven re­liev­ers com­bined for 6 1/3 score­less in­nings of two-hit ball.

Shawn Kel­ley (1-0) re­tired the only four bat­ters he faced in re­lief of Cahill. He hasn’t al­lowed an earned run in 11 in­nings since com­ing over to Oak­land in an Aug. 5 trade with the Washington Na­tion­als.

“There’s plenty of depth to go around,” A’s man­ager Bob Melvin said. “We were get­ting

deeper con­tri­bu­tions from the starters there for a while. Right now, maybe not so much, and we’re hav­ing to cover a lot of the game, but my feel­ing is that they’ll re­spond and they’ll start go­ing deeper in games so we can cut down on the amount of (re­liev­ers) we use.”

Matt Ol­son had two hits in­clud­ing a dou­ble for the A’s, who are 30 games over .500 (8757) for the first time since clos­ing out 2013 at 96-66. They’ve won nine of their last 10 against the Rangers.

Pis­cotty’s homer in the sev­enth in­ning was his ca­reer-high 23rd, sur­pass­ing his 2016 to­tal with St. Louis.

Oak­land trailed 3-0 when Ol­son dou­bled off Ariel Ju­rado (2-5) in a five-run fourth in which the A’s scored five runs on three hits, three walks, an er­ror, a wild pitch and a passed ball. Ra­mon Lau­re­ano dou­bled in a run later in the in­ning.

“I think it’s pretty ex­em­plary of how our en­tire sea­son has been,” Pis­cotty said. “Ev­ery­one else knows to kick it in gear. It’s a spe­cial thing, it’s rare, and when we got it go­ing, it’s pretty spe­cial.”

Oak­land used eight pitch­ers Satur­day and seven Fri­day.

Blake Treinen, who pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, low­ered his ERA to a ma­jor league-best 0.87.

Texas dropped to a sea­son-high 21 games below .500 (61-82) af­ter its 10th loss in 13 games.

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