Instant Replay: Parker rocked, A's win streak ends at five

Instant Replay: Parker rocked, A's win streak ends at five
September 16, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Jarrod Parker's final stat line: 4.1 IP, 8 R (7 ER), 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K, LOSS. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Jarrod Parker lost for the first time since May 22, halting an Oakland-record streak of 19 consecutive starts without a loss for the right-hander. (AP)

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OAKLAND -- That seemingly endless joyride the Oakland A’s were on finally hit a speed bump.
 
Jarrod Parker turned in his worst start since the All-Star break in a 12-1 loss to the Los Angeles Angels that snapped the A’s five-game winning streak. It marked the right-hander’s first loss since May 22, halting an Oakland-record streak of 19 consecutive starts without a loss for the right-hander.
 
After sweeping the Texas Rangers over the weekend, the A’s set their sights on a cushy final 13 games of the regular season that features not a single game against an above-.500 team. But Monday’s homestand opener demonstrated that opponents won’t roll over as the A’s try to close out the American League West championship.
 
The 12 runs allowed were a season high, but the A’s still saw their magic number for clinching the division shrink to seven thanks to the Rangers’ losing their seventh straight.  
 
Parker, who was scratched Sunday because of a stomach bug, hardly had his typical stuff and was gone after 4 1/3 innings. He was charged with a career high-tying eight runs, though just seven were earned. It was his shortest outing since he went 3 2/3 innings against St. Louis on June 29, when he left with a hamstring injury.
 
He allowed his most runs since giving up eight on April 14 against Detroit. Parker also saw his nine-game winning streak snapped, the longest by an A’s pitcher since Dan Haren won 10 straight in 2007.
 
Oakland came in having won 16 of its past 20.
 
Starting pitching report
 
Parker (11-7) looked like a pitcher still feeling the effects of his illness. His stuff lacked zip, and combined with poor location, the results were disastrous.
 
The Angels got to him for two runs in the first and one in the third. It all unraveled in a five-run fifth that saw the visitors send 10 batters to the plate. Parker was pulled after Kole Calhoun’s two-run single, but Jerry Blevins allowed two RBI singles, runs that were charged to Parker. It was 8-0 by the time the rally ended.
 
Bullpen report
 
The Angels didn’t let up after Parker left the game. Pedro Figueroa was tagged for four runs in the eighth inning, including a mammoth two-run homer from Mike Trout that hit near the luxury suites in center field.
 
At the plate
 
The A’s, who averaged 7.3 runs on their just-completed six-game road trip, couldn’t get anything going against Angels starter C.J. Wilson (17-6). The lefty allowed just one run over seven innings, and the A’s managed just six hits total.
 
In the field
 
Parker wasn’t helped by shaky defense in the third, when the Angels scored once to make it a 3-0 game. Second baseman Alberto Callaspo had Josh Hamilton’s line drive ricochet off his glove for an error, allowing Howie Kendrick to advance from first to third with one out.
 
The next batter, Mark Trumbo, hit a sharp one-hopper that could have been a double-play ball. But shortstop Andy Parrino, starting in place of injured Jed Lowrie, couldn’t handle the ball cleanly and was only able to get a force out at second as Kendrick scored.
 
Attendance
 
Batting practice was canceled as the grounds crew finished converting the Coliseum surface to baseball configurations. A crowd of 14,629 showed up for a game that started about 27 hours after the Raiders beat the Jaguars.
 
Up next
 
Sonny Gray (3-3, 2.63) will start Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. game for the A’s – assuming he can find cleats that fit. He showed off a pair of size 17 shoes that Nike mistakenly sent him Monday. Gray wears a 10½. Garrett Richards (7-6, 3.91) takes the mound for the Angels.

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