Luplow Slips as A’s Walkoff Over Indians, Again
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The A’s have had an entertaining homestand, with three walkoff wins and the majors’ first no-hitter this season in a five-day span.
About the only thing that went wrong was All-Star closer Blake Treinen’s franchise-record streak of scoreless innings ending with a blown save — and manager Bob Melvin doesn’t seem too concerned about that.
Matt Olson scored from third base when right fielder Jordan Luplow slipped trying to field Ramon Laureano’s short fly in the ninth inning, lifting the A’s over the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in a wacky, sloppy game Saturday.
“I wouldn’t say we’re playing our best baseball right now, but to be able to stick out these close games and come out with wins this week has been big,” Olson said. “To be able to win those tight games when you’re not playing your best is what good teams do.”
Olson walked leading off against A.J. Cole (0-1), and Kendrys Morales followed with a single before both runners were sacrificed over. Laureano lofted an 0-1 pitch over the head of second baseman Jason Kipnis, who was running toward right field. Luplow appeared in position to make the catch but slipped on the grass and fell as the ball dropped in for a single, allowing Olson to score easily.
Luplow pounded his hands into the grass while Olson threw up his arms as the A’s — sporting their Kelly green jerseys — bolted out of the dugout to celebrate a second straight walkoff win. Matt Chapman homered in the 12th inning to sink Cleveland on Friday.
Had Luplow made the catch, Olson would have stayed put.
“I was halfway down the line,” Olson said. “It was so shallow, I wouldn’t have been able to tag and score, so I got about halfway off in case it dropped.”
Treinen (2-2) won despite blowing his second save of the season after allowing Leonys Martin’s two-out, tying single in the top of the ninth. That ended a streak of 32 consecutive scoreless innings at the Coliseum, a record for an Oakland reliever.
“Blake has picked up this team so many times,” Melvin said. “We were able to come back and pick him up.
Cleveland’s defense, or lack thereof, made the difference.
Both of Oakland’s first two runs were unearned.
Nick Hundley hit a Little League home run in the fifth inning, tripling and scoring on a throwing error by left fielder Jake Bauers. Hundley connected on a 1-1 pitch from Trevor Bauer and never stopped running as the ball ricocheted off the wall in left. Hundley slid into third, but Bauers’ two-hop throw was wide and skipped past third baseman JosÈ Ramirez.
The A’s scored their first run following a throwing error by Ramirez in the first.
“You know on the road it’s hard. If you make a mistake you end up going home,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “That’s two nights in a row and it hurts.”
The two unearned runs were the only blot on an otherwise strong outing from Bauer. The Indians right-hander allowed two hits, walked three and struck out 10 in seven innings. It’s the 13th time Bauer has reached double-digits in strikeouts since the start of last season.
Martin homered for Cleveland. Kipnis, Luplow and Mike Freeman had two hits apiece. Ramirez walked twice, extending his on-base streak to 20 games.
Oakland won without hitting a home run for the first time in 15 games this season. The way the Indians played defense, the A’s didn’t need to.
Martin homered with two outs in the fifth after striking out in his first at-bat. Martin has struck out at least once in 20 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors.
CUBS 2, BREWERS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras homered in the 15th inning to give the Chicago Cubs a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Contreras turned on a 1-2 pitch from Burch Smith (0-1), sending a long shot to left field that gave Chicago its 11th win in 13 games. He spun and flipped his bat toward the Cubs’ dugout as the ball sailed toward the bleachers and was mobbed by teammates when he crossed the plate.
Chicago moved back ahead of the Brewers for the NL Central lead after falling into a virtual tie with Friday’s 7-0 loss. Milwaukee had its season-high seven-game win streak snapped.
Tyler Chatwood (2-0) struck out seven in four innings to cap a strong effort by the bullpen after Cole Hamels worked seven solid innings.
Hamels gave up a run and three hits in his fourth straight no-decision. Seven relievers combined to give up one hit the rest of the way.
RED SOX 9, MARINERS 5
BOSTON (AP) — Sandy Leon fouled off a bunt attempt, then hit a three-run homer to cap an eight-run third inning that carried surging Boston over struggling Seattle.
Mitch Moreland started Boston’s comeback from a 4-0 deficit against FÈlix Hern’ndez (1-4) with a solo homer. The World Series champions won for the 15th time in 21 games following a 6-13 start.
Seattle has lost 14 of 18 and dropped to 20-22, falling below .500 on Friday for the first time since the end of the 2017 season. The Mariners have been outscored 23-6 in the first two games of the three-game series.
Hern’ndez allowed seven runs and six hits in 2 1/3 innings. The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner is 0-4 in seven starts since beating the Los Angeles Angels in his season debut. He became the 36th pitcher to reach 2,500 strikeouts when rookie Michael Chavis took a 92 mph sinker for a called third strike in the second inning.
Rick Porcello (3-3), the 2016 AL Cy Young winner, gave up four runs and five hits — all in the first — in 6 2/3 innings. He is unbeaten in five starts after losing in his first three appearances.
TIGERS 5, TWINS 3
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — John Hicks hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning, Ronny RodrÌguez went deep twice and Detroit beat Minnesota in the opener of a doubleheader.
Brandon Dixon also homered for the Tigers, who beat the AL Central-leading Twins for the first time this season and snapped Minnesota’s four-game winning streak.
The Twins tied it 3-3 in the eighth when C.J. Cron homered off Joe Jimenez (2-1) before Hicks connected on the first pitch from reliever Trevor Hildenberger (2-2). Detroit added an insurance run on Christin Stewart’s RBI single to right.
Shane Greene pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his AL-leading 14th save.
ANGELS 7, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE (AP) — Albert Pujols homered twice to increase his total to 641, had three RBIs and scored three runs to help Los Angeles beat Baltimore.
Shohei Ohtani had two hits and an RBI for Los Angeles in his fifth game this season. He’s 4 for 21 since returning from the injured list following elbow surgery.
Both Pujols’ home runs came against Dylan Bundy (1-5), who has yielded 11 long balls this season after serving up a major league-high 41 last year. Baltimore has allowed 83 homers — about 20 more than any other big league team.
Matt Harvey started for Los Angeles and needed 93 pitches to get 12 outs. Luke Bard (1-1) followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
WHITE SOX 7, BLUE JAYS 2
TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Stroman was angry when removed from yet another start when he received little run support, and Toronto lost to Chicago and Iv’n Nova (2-3).
Stroman (1-6) exchanged words with manager Charlie Montoyo and pitching coach Pete Walker after he was replaced by Derek Law with runners at the corners in the seventh. Stroman allowed four runs — three earned — and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He has lost three straight starts and has a losing record despite a 3.12 ERA.
Nova (2-3) allowed one run and five hits in six-plus innings to win his second straight start.
PHILLIES 7, ROYALS 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zach Eflin and backup catcher Andrew Knapp have a good thing going. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler isn’t about to break them up.
Eflin became the majors’ first pitcher with two complete games this season, lifting Philadelphia over the Kansas City Royals.
ASTROS 11, RANGERS 4
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole struck out a season-high 12, Aledmys Diaz hit a grand slam while starting in place of injured star Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers.
Altuve sat out a night after straining his left hamstring, but Houston didn’t need him. DÌaz took Kyle Dowdy deep into the Crawford Boxes for a 6-1 lead in the sixth, and the Astros didn’t look back.
Cole (4-4) gave up a run and four hits in six innings for his third straight win. He has at least eight strikeouts in eight of nine starts this season and leads the majors with 86 punchouts.
The Astros won their fourth straight game, handing Texas its fourth loss in five games, including three straight in Houston.
After Jesse Chavez started for Texas and retired all three batters in the first inning, Drew Smyly (0-3) made his first relief appearance since 2014. In 4 2/3 innings, Smyly allowed one run, four hits and four walks. He was pulled after walking the bases loaded before Diaz homered.
Hunter Pence hit his seventh homer in the second inning over a leaping Josh Reddick to put the Rangers up 1-0. Pence has homered in four of the last five games, and he had another robbed by Reddick on Thursday.
Michael Brantley tied it at 1 in the fourth with his 10th homer of the season.
RAYS 7, YANKEES 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees were frustrated by their play and slugger Luke Voit getting hit yet again.
Willy Adames and Ji-Man Choi had run-scoring infield singles in the sixth after tempers flared during the top of the inning when reliever Yonny Chirinos hit Voit on the left shoulder, and the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees.
Yandy Diaz homered twice and drove in four runs for the Rays, who reopened a 1Ç-game lead over the Yankees.
PADRES 4, ROCKIES 3
DENVER (AP) — Greg Garcia drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded fielder’s choice in the ninth inning and closer Kirby Yates struck out the side for his 16th save as the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies.
Wil Myers homered, singled and scored the decisive run for San Diego, and Hunter Renfroe also homered.
PHOENIX (AP) — Brian McCann homered over the swimming pool behind the right-field wall and Johan Camargo also went deep, helping the Atlanta Braves beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.
METS 4, MARLINS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom is once again pitching like he did in 2018 — fortunately for him, the Mets are providing a little more run support.
DeGrom ended a five-start winless streak, allowing one run over seven innings to win for the first time since April 3 and lead the New York Mets over the Miami Marlins.