The A’s found a way to deflect all the drama surrounding their team Monday.
They struck for a seven-run inning for the second day in a row, the first time they’vedone that since 1975, and marched to an 11-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners that capped quite an eventful day in the Emerald City.
News broke in the morning that A’s third base coach Mike Gallego had been fired and replaced by Ron Washington. Then they took the field only to lose starter Felix Doubront to a foot injury after just two innings.
Down 5-0 entering the top of the fifth, they responded by sending 11 men to the plate and scoring seven times to command a 7-5 lead that would only increase as the innings ticked away. A day earlier, the A’s put up seven in the bottom of the seventh against Tampa Bay to pave the way to victory.
Monday’s victory snapped an eight-game road losing streak, as the A’s won the opener of this six-game trip that will also take them to Arizona.
The A’s gave Washington a workout waving runners home in his first game as a third base coach since 2006. Josh Reddick went 3-for-5 with three RBI, including his 15th homer. Danny Valencia had a two-run shot and five Athletics total drove in at least two runs.
Starting pitching report:
As if the A’s needed another hit to their rotation depth, Doubront left after just two innings due to a comebacker off the bat of Robinson Cano that struck him in the right foot. That happened in the first, and though Doubront gutted his way through a scoreless second, it was obvious he was in pain. He was diagnosed with a contusion and his status moving forward is unknown.
With Kendall Graveman being placed on the DL earlier in the day with an oblique strain, the Sept. 1 roster expansion can’t come soon enough for the A’s. Oakland already is without starter Jesse Hahn, likely gone for the year with a forearm injury.
Things looked bleak when Evan Scribner took the mound in the third and got tagged for five runs, including two homers, giving him a major league-high 14 among relievers. As it turned out, the relief corps wound up playing an important role in this one. After Scribner’s rough outing, Edward Mujica (3-4), Pat Venditte and Drew Pomeranz combined for five scoreless innings to hold the Mariners in check after the A’s stormed ahead.
At the plate:
Suddenly, the A’s are scoring in bunches. And that’s unusual stuff for a team that has averaged just three runs per game since late June.
Their first eight RBI came from the top four batters in the lineup, but lots of people got in on the act in a seven-run fifth that was very reminiscient of Sunday’s seven-run seventh against the Rays.
The A’s trailed 5-0 with two outs in the top of the fifth before they unleashed on Hisashi Iwakuma, who was coming off a no-hitter in his previous start. Billy Burns doubled home two runs to get the A’s on the board. Mark Canha continued his roll with a two-run double to left. Reddick beat out an infield single to first, and Canha rounded third and aggressively broke for home and scored ahead of the throw. Then Valencia capped the scoring with a two-run homer that chased Iwakuma (5-3). The rally included six hits in a row from the A’s.
Combine their two huge scoring rallies from the past two days, and the A’s have combined for 14 runs on 15 hits in just two innings.
In the field:
Reddick, who isn’t striking fear into opposing base runners as in previous seasons, threw a strike to second to nail Ketel Marte, who tried to stretch a single into a double in the fourth.
Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. contest will have Jesse Chavez (7-12, 3.75) going against Mike Montgomery (4-6, 4.16).