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Daniel Mengden throws complete game two-hitter to dominate D'backs

Daniel Mengden throws complete game two-hitter to dominate D'backs

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OAKLAND -- Daniel Mengden pitched a two-hitter for his second career shutout, and the Oakland Athletics beat the slumping Arizona Diamondbacks 3-0 on Saturday.

Mengden (5-4) struck out five and walked none. Socrates Brito singled in the second and David Peralta singled in the sixth for Arizona's only hits.

Matt Olson, Matt Joyce and Chad Pinder connected for the Athletics, who began the day ranked last in the majors with 15 home runs at home and tops in baseball with 47 on the road.

The Diamondbacks wasted a solid outing for Clay Buchholz in their 15th loss in 17 games. Buchholz (0-1) permitted one run and two hits in six innings.

Joyce hit a drive to center in the first for his ninth career leadoff homer. Buchholz then retired 15 in a row.

Buchholz struck out three and walked none in his second start with Arizona. The 33-year-old right-hander missed most of last season after he tore a tendon in his right forearm.

Olson hit his eighth homer in the seventh against Jorge De La Rosa, and Pinder belted his fifth off Fernando Salas in the eighth.

Mengden threw 102 pitches. He has walked just six batters in 66 1/3 innings.

Right fielder Stephen Piscotty made a leaping grab in front of the wall for the last out.

NICE CATCH

Oakland's Dustin Fowler made a diving catch on a ball in front of him in shallow center, taking a base hit from Nick Ahmed with one out in the eighth.

MAKING MOVES

The Athletics put reliever Santiago Casilla on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder. They also optioned right-hander Josh Lucas to Triple-A Nashville and recalled righties Chris Bassitt and Carlos Ramirez from their top affiliate.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (Tommy John surgery) will start his first rehab game with Single-A Visalia on Tuesday. Miller has pitched in three extended spring training games.

Athletics: Casilla experienced a similar injury in spring training, manager Bob Melvin said. It isn't thought to be serious.

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Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Greinke (3-3, 3.71 ERA) starts on Sunday. He is 6-1 with a 3.12 ERA in 15 career games (11 starts) against Oakland.

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas will be called up from Triple-A Sacramento to make his first start since Oct. 4, 2015.

Rays trade former Giants outfielder to Mariners

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Rays trade former Giants outfielder to Mariners

SEATTLE -- Rather than waiting to see where the Seattle Mariners are sitting by the time the trade market heats up, general manager Jerry Dipoto decided to be proactive.

Rewarding a strong start in spite of numerous injuries and the suspension of Robinson Cano, the Mariners pulled off the first big trade of the season Friday, landing outfielder Denard Span and right-handed reliever Alex Colome from the Tampa Bay Rays for two minor leaguers.

It's not a blockbuster deal, but it does immediately improve the Mariners after spending the first two months dealing with a number of significant injuries and still finding themselves near the top of the AL West.

"They're going to fit in our clubhouse and really fit too to what we think are critical needs," Dipoto said. "The fact we were able to do it and maintain another four, five months of their contribution for this year, it's so much different than an ordinary in-season or July-type of pick up."

Seattle was seeking outfield depth and a boost for a heavily used bullpen to keep up momentum from a strong start to the season, despite injures to five starting position players, including Cano prior to his suspension. The Mariners entered Friday nine games over .500 and off to their best start since 2003.

"I think it's an awesome message that everything we've dealt with in the last eight-to-10 days here - it starts at the ownership level and front office - that we're all in on this season," Seattle manager Scott Servais said. "That even though we had a setback with Robbie and the injury and suspension it's not going to derail us. Our eyes are set on the goal and that's getting to the playoffs and I think this helps us."

Tampa Bay will send Seattle $4.75 million to cover a portion of the $13,840,860 the Mariners took on with the acquisition of Span and Colome, although the Mariners had an unexpected $11 million freed up due to Cano's suspension.

Span is assured $10,193,548 - $6,193,548 remaining of this year's $9 million salary and a $4 million buyout of a $12 million mutual option. Colome has $3,647,312 left in his $5.3 million salary this year and can become a free agent after the 2020 season.

Seattle sent minor league right-handers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero to Tampa Bay, but the Rays continued to shed salary from a roster that was already 28th out of 30 clubs on opening day according to MLB figures.

"This usually is the time where you're still learning about your club and where you're at competitively," Rays GM Erik Neander said. "I think some circumstances changed in Seattle with respect to where their team is at, where their finances were at and that led to some motivation from them to seek and try to find ways to improve their team."

Colome may be the most important piece of the acquisition for Seattle because of what he'll add to the bullpen, and he will be under club control for a few more years. He was an All-Star in 2016 with the Rays and led the major leagues with 47 saves last year, but will likely need to accept a setup role in Seattle with closer Edwin Diaz leading the AL with 17 saves this season.

Colome has 11 saves this year, but has allowed 10 earned runs in 21 2/3 innings.

"I just think it adds an unbelievable depth to a really good group already," Servais said. "When you're running guys in there three, four days in a row, you don't have to over-extend anybody."

Span has played both center field and left field in his career. He was hitting .238 in 48 games with the Rays, but his ability to play multiple spots in the outfield is the big benefit to Seattle after Dee Gordon's move to second base following to Robinson Cano's suspension. Dipoto said Span will likely be the regular left fielder with Ben Gamel transitioning to a reserve role and Guillermo Heredia holding down center.

Tampa Bay acquired Span from San Francisco in December after he signed a three-year free agent contract with the Giants prior to the 2016 season. Span was still processing the deal before leaving Tampa Bay. He said when he got through spring training without being traded, he believed it would be closer to the trade deadline before possibly getting moved.

"I'm really looking forward to this new challenge, but this is home for me," Span said. "It is disappointing. I can say that for sure. I was just trying to get settled in here and we were winning, we were having a good time. Maybe if this had happened after the first week of spring training or whatever, I would have been more prepared."

The Rays also sent minor league right-hander Peter Bayer to Oakland for right-hander Wilmer Font. Oakland acquired Font from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 25 and designated him for assignment Wednesday.

Corbin dominates, A's can't contain D'Backs in series opener

Corbin dominates, A's can't contain D'Backs in series opener

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OAKLAND -- Patrick Corbin allowed four hits in seven innings and Nick Ahmed homered to help the Arizona Diamondbacks snap a seven-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.

Paul Goldschmidt and John Ryan Murphy drove in two runs apiece for the slumping Diamondbacks, who lost 13 of their previous 14 games and averaged 1.9 runs during that stretch.

Corbin (5-1) was the beneficiary of some much-needed offense and ended a streak of five starts without a victory. He had pitched well in most of those games but hadn't gotten enough help from his lineup to win. The left-hander struck out seven and walked one.

Mark Canha homered for Oakland but Sean Manaea (5-5) struggled for a fifth consecutive start, sending the A's to their sixth loss in seven home games.

Manaea fell into a 1-0 hole just two batters into the game when Ahmed hit his seventh homer of the season, topping his total from a year ago.

A leadoff walk to No. 9 hitter Jeff Mathis sparked a rally in the third by Arizona, with Murphy hitting a two-run double to make it 3-0.

Ahmed then added an RBI single in the fourth before Goldschmidt's two-run triple on a sinking liner that got by a diving Chad Pinder in left field made it 6-1 and ended Manaea's night.

Manaea allowed six runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, his fifth start in a row with at least four runs allowed. Manaea gave up just five runs total in his first six starts, winning the award as the AL's top pitcher in April.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Shelby Miller (elbow) threw a bullpen and is set for his first rehab start next week at Class A Visalia. He is expected to throw up to 75 pitches in that start. Manager Torey Lovullo said Miller will need at least two starts in the minors before being ready to return. ... OF Steven Souza Jr., who went on the DL this week with a strained right pectoral muscle, has not yet been cleared for baseball activity.

Athletics: RHP Santiago Casilla left with an undisclosed injury in the eighth. Casilla retired the first two batters he faced before hurting himself on a pitch to Ahmed that brought out the trainer. After a brief consultation, Casilla left the game.

DROUGHT ENDED

Canha's homer ended a streak of seven straight home games without a long ball for the A's, tying an Oakland record. The A's entered the day with the fewest homers at home with 14 in 23 games and the most on the road with 47 in 27 contests.

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Clay Buchholz (0-0) makes his second start for the Diamondbacks in the middle game of the series against Daniel Mengden (4-4).