Pinder's grand slam propels A's to comeback win over Blue Jays


Pinder's grand slam propels A's to comeback win over Blue Jays


TORONTO -- Chad Pinder hit his first career grand slam and the Oakland Athletics overcame a four-run deficit, rallying to score five times in the eighth inning to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Saturday.

The Athletics have homered in all nine games of their current road trip, hitting 18 total home runs. They're 6-3 on the swing with one game remaining.

The Blue Jays did all their scoring in the fifth. Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer, Yangervis Solarte hit an RBI double and Kevin Pillar added a sacrifice fly.

It stayed that way until the eighth, when Stephen Piscotty hit a one-out RBI single off reliever John Axford.

Tyler Clippard (4-1) came on and retired Dustin Fowler, then walked pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie to load the bases for Pinder, who connected on a 1-1 pitch.

Emilio Pagan (1-0) worked two innings for the win. Lou Trivinio pitched the eighth and Blake Treinen finished for his 10th save in 12 opportunities as Oakland won for the fifth time in six games.

Toronto has lost 11 of 14 at home, including the past five straight.

The bullpen meltdown spoiled a solid effort by Sam Gaviglio, who pitched 5 1-3 shutout innings in his first start for Toronto. Pitching in place of Marcus Stroman, who's out with shoulder trouble, Gaviglio gave up six hits and walked one.

Oakland left-hander Sean Manaea allowed four runs and five hits in five innings. He has given up four runs each of his past four starts.


Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (shoulder) was put on the 10-day disabled list and RHP Ryan Dull was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Anderson left Friday's start after one inning, becoming the second straight Oakland starter to last fewer than three innings.

Blue Jays: OF Teoscar Hernandez returned after missing the previous two games because of a sore back. ... OF Randal Grichuk (right knee) is expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment next week. Grichuk was injured making a diving catch on April 29. ... SS Troy Tulowitzki (heel spurs, both feet) has resumed fielding drills and has a follow-up appointment next week with the doctor who performed his April 2 surgery. Tulowitzki has not played since last July.


Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (3-4, 3.75) is 3-2 with a 2.97 ERA in his past seven starts.

Blue Jays: RHP Joe Biagini (0-2, 7.98) is 2-14 with a 6.05 ERA in 21 career starts.

A's set record, but drop series finale to White Sox

A's set record, but drop series finale to White Sox


CHICAGO -- Yoan Moncada broke out of a slump with a three-run homer and six RBIs, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Oakland Athletics 10-3 on Sunday for a split of their four-game series.

Daniel Palka and Yolmer Sanchez also connected for the White Sox, who had lost nine of 10. Carlos Rodon (1-2) pitched a season-high eight innings in his fourth start after missing the beginning of the year while recovering from shoulder surgery last September.

Moncada, who hit .183 over the previous 35 games, gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead with a three-run double in the fifth. Moncada then scored on Avisail Garcia's single, and Jose Abreu added another RBI single.

Palka, Sanchez and Moncada all went deep in the sixth. Moncada belted a three-run drive for his 10th homer, making it 10-2 Chicago.

Oakland set a modern major league record when Mark Canha hit a drive to left on Rodon's first pitch of the fifth, extending the A's streak to 25 straight road games with a homer. Canha also opened the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the second.

A's right-hander Paul Blackburn (1-2) allowed six runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He permitted only one baserunner through the first four, but got into trouble with two out in the fifth.

Rodon allowed two runs and seven hits. The eight innings matched his career high.


Well-traveled right-hander Edwin Jackson will be activated on Monday and start for Oakland at Detroit.

The A's will become his 13th major league team, which ties retired right-hander Octavio Dotel for the major league record. The 34-year-old went 0-1 with a 4.02 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Nashville. He owns a 98-120 major league record and 4.67 ERA in 15 seasons.

"I'm probably the only guy in the clubhouse that has never met him, but I did earlier today," A's manager Bob Melvin said.


Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (sprained right foot) returned to the Bay Area to consult with team physicians. The injury is not believed to be related to his previous right foot injuries. "We'll probably know a�little bit more in the next couple of days," Melvin said. ... INF�Matt�Chapman (right hand contusion) could have a cortisone shot in the wrist area on Monday and will sit out the Tigers series. He had an injection in his thumb last Monday. The hope is the trouble spot has been localized and he'll be available�on the next homestand.

White Sox: RHP prospect Dane Dunning left his start Saturday for Double-A Birmingham with right elbow soreness, White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. He will undergo an MRI.


Athletics: Jackson will make his A's debut in the opener of a four-game series in Detroit. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-0, 4.95 ERA) goes for the Tigers.

White Sox: Following an off day, the White Sox begin a three-game set against visiting Minnesota on Tuesday. RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-5, 3.59 ERA) opposes Twins RHP Lance Lynn (5-5, 4.64 ERA) in the opener.

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 County 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.