MINNEAPOLIS – When the A’s dropped the primary sport of the collection right here Thursday, Jonathan Lucroy boldly acknowledged the crew would come again out and “take it out on whoever’s pitching” for the Twins.
Lucroy held up his finish, with three hits in Oakland’s win Friday, and the majority of the crew’s RBIs Saturday, together with a three-run homer that despatched the A’s to a 6-2 victory, making certain the crew of one other unbeaten collection. Oakland has dropped solely one among its previous 20 collection.
Mike Fiers turned in his fourth robust begin, permitting one run in 5 2/Three innings; he has not given up greater than two runs in an outing because the A’s acquired him from Detroit on Aug. 6.
With the win, Oakland briefly moved one sport behind Houston within the AL West and 4 and a half video games over Seattle for the second wild-card spot, with the Astros and Mariners’ sport nonetheless ongoing Saturday night.
Lucroy’s two-out RBI single within the third gave him 500 RBIs for his profession, and his blast to left middle within the fourth was No. 13,000 in franchise historical past. The homer additionally pushed Lucroy’s common with runners in scoring place to .321, greatest on the crew.
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Matt Chapman and Chad Pinder additionally had robust nights on the plate, with three hits apiece. Chapman, who was batting .246 on July 14, is now hitting .278.
Matt Olson, who didn’t begin for simply the seventh time all season, saved his streak of enjoying in each one among Oakland’s sport’s alive – he entered the sport within the seventh as a defensive alternative, then smacked a two-out RBI double within the eighth. Ramon Laureano then did the identical to ship in Olson. Since being known as up Aug. 3, Laureano, who additionally walked twice Saturday, is 7-for-17 with runners in scoring place.
The one run off Fiers was a two-out homer by Miguel Sano within the fourth. Fiers allowed 5 hits and two walks and he struck out seven; he’s 3-Zero with a 1.64 ERA in his 4 begins with Oakland.
The A’s bullpen made issues attention-grabbing briefly; Lou Trivino, who took over to finish the sixth, then gave up a solo homer to Tyler Austin within the seventh, then hit No. 9 hitter Willians Astrudillo. Lefty Ryan Buchter gave up a single to Joe Mauer, and Juerys Familia took over. He struck out Logan Forsythe, then Eddie Rosario hit a drive to left that originally seemed and sounded as if it would exit of the park, however Pinder hauled it in on the wall.
Familia additionally labored the eighth, and Blake Treinen the ninth because the A’s improved to 55-Zero when main after seven innings, the one undefeated mark within the majors.
The A’s prolonged their major-league greatest file since June 16 to 44-16.