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Jed Lowrie bumps aside Jason Giambi to set Oakland doubles record

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Jed Lowrie bumps aside Jason Giambi to set Oakland doubles record

ARLINGTON, Texas — Jed Lowrie entered the record books Friday night with his 48th double, setting a new Oakland mark for most two-baggers in a season.

Lowrie set the record with a drive to center off Rangers lefty Martin Perez. With that, he broke a tie with Jason Giambi, who hit 47 doubles back in 2001.

Lowrie’s 48 doubles are the most by an Athletic since Wally Moses also had 48 back in 1937 for the Philadelphia A’s. The franchise record is held by Al Simmons, who had 53 in 1926.

Lowrie, 33, entered the night hitting .278 with 14 homers and 67 RBI. That solid production, combined with the durability he’s shown after last year’s injury-marred campaign, have the A’s seriously considering picking up Lowrie’s $6 million club option for next season. There’s a $1 million buyout.

A's road home run streak hits 25 games, breaking MLB record

A's road home run streak hits 25 games, breaking MLB record

The road has been kind to the A's this season. The green and gold entered Sunday with a 20-17 record away from the friendly confines of the Oakland Alameda Coliseum, and on the verge of setting an MLB record. 

In the top of the fifth inning against the Chicago White Sox, Oakland made history. Mark Canha's solo home run marked the 25th consecutive game in which the A's homered, breaking the previous record set by the Baltimore Orioles in 1996.

The A's had hit 10 more home runs on the road (67) than the next closest team (Boston) heading into Sunday. Entering the day, they'd also hit more home runs on the road than four teams (San Diego, Detroit, Kansas City, and Miami) had all season. 

 

A's shake off White Sox lead, stir comeback behind Martini's first career hit

A's shake off White Sox lead, stir comeback behind Martini's first career hit

BOX SCORE

CHICAGO -- Pinch-hitter Nick Martini drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning with his first major league hit and the Oakland Athletics came back from an early five-run deficit to edge the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Saturday.

Martini, recalled from Triple-A before the game, lined a full-count single off Juan Minaya (0-2) with two outs to center to score Stephen Piscotty from second. Piscotty reached on a double when right fielder Avisail Garcia lost his routine fly in the sun.

Piscotty launched a two-run drive and Matt Olson hit a solo shot as the Athletics homered in their 24th consecutive road game, tying a modern day record set by Baltimore in 1996. Olson's homer was his 17th and third in four games.

Lou Trivino (5-1), the A's fourth reliever, pitched 1 2/3 innings and struck out four. Blake Treinen got the last five outs for his 17th save as Oakland hung on for its sixth victory in seven games despite committing two errors in the ninth.

Tim Anderson hit his 13th homer, a three-run shot that capped Chicago's five-run first inning burst. The White Sox have lost nine of 10.

Both starters exited early with injuries.

Oakland's Daniel Mengden was roughed up for the fourth straight outing, allowing five runs and five hits before a sprained right foot forced him to leave after two innings. The right-hander is 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA over 16 1/3 innings in June.

Although he appeared to be cruising with a 5-2 lead, White Sox starter Dylan Covey was pulled due to right hip soreness with no outs in the fifth when Oakland scored three times to tie it at 5.

Covey, who was charged with four runs, left after walking Matt Joyce to start the inning and reaching a 2-1 count on Jonathan LucroyChris Volstad completed the walk to Lucroy, then gave up a single to Franklin Barreto, a sacrifice fly to Dustin Fowler and Jed Lowrie's two-run double.

Piscotty's homer in the second made it 5-2. After Oakland tied it, Olson's homer leading off the sixth put the A's ahead 6-5.

Yoan Moncada grounded into a force at second with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth to push in a run to tie it at 6.

ROSTER MOVES

Martini was recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday, and right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt and left-hander Danny Coulombe were optioned. Martini was called up by the Athletics for three games earlier this month and was hitless in nine at-bats.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Manager Bob Melvin said LHP Ryan Buchter (strained left shoulder) will be activated on Monday at Detroit.

White Sox: RHP Miguel Gonzalez (right rotator cuff inflammation) is expected to throw three innings in a rehab start Sunday at Triple-A Charlotte. Gonzalez, who was 0-3 with a 12.41 in three starts in April, said he expects to make three or four starts on the rehab assignment. . Manager Rick Renteria said OF Nicky Delmonico (broken finger on right hand) is getting ready to start hitting off a tee.

UP NEXT

Athletics RHP Paul Blackburn (1-1, 8.03) faces White Sox LHP Carlos Rodon (0-2, 4.41) on Sunday in the series finale. Both Blackburn and Rodon will make their fourth starts since returning from the DL.