Parker deems his outing embarrassing


Parker deems his outing embarrassing

OAKLAND -- Rookie starting pitcher Jarrod Parker has been so successful lately that it is almost a shock when he struggles on the mound. Entering the night, he had allowed one run or fewer in 10 of his first 14 starts -- matching a record dating back to 1918. On Saturday, he lasted just four and two-things innings, which is the second-shortest outing of his young career, and Seattle won the game 7-1. The loss snapped the A's five-game winning streak, and defeated Parker who had won his last three starts. "I made a lot of mistakes, I'm not happy with it," Parker said. "It's kind of embarrassing to be honest." Parker was pulled from the game with 94 pitches in the fifth inning. He allowed a career-high tying six runs -- five of which were earned. It seems Parker either pitches great or allows six runners to score. This is the third time he has allowed six runs in a game. All of his other starts he has allowed two runs or less. "We're so used to seeing him go out there and throw up zeros or one run or less," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "I thought his actual stuff was pretty good. It's just that his pitch count got up there rather quickly and he just started to fall off a little bit at the end." Parker got in trouble early in the game when he walked Michael Saunders in the first inning with two outs. Saunders ended up coming around to score when Coco Crisp missed a sliding catch on a ball hit to center field by John Jaso. He gave up a two-run double to Brendan Ryan in the second inning, and a solo homer to Casper Wells in the fourth. When Parker left the game in the fifth inning, two runners were on base. Jerry Blevins entered in relief, walked the first batter he faced, and then gave up a bases-clearing double to Kyle Seager. "What we want to do as a starting staff is be effective and attack early," Parker said. "I did the opposite tonight. It was not very good." A's starting pitchers hadn't allowed more than one earned run in their last seven starts. Parker snapped that streak. He will have to wait until July 15 to get back on the mound because of the All-Star break. "It's kind of just one of those nights," A's catcher Kurt Suzuki said. "He's been so good for so many starts you just kind of take things for granted." If there is a bright side to Parker's evening, it is that he was perfectly healthy, and had no issues mechanically. Good luck selling it to Parker that way though. "I felt good felt fine," he said. "It was execution that was terrible tonight." Notes:The A's only run came on a Josh Reddick home run in the first inning. It was Reddick's 20th homer of the season, making him the first A's player since Nick Swisher in 2006 to reach that mark before the All-Star break. "He really belongs and believes he is one of the elite right fielders in the league, and he has done nothing to disprove that at this point," Melvin said.Reddick also made a full extension diving catch in right field to rob Ichiro Suzuki of an extra-base hit. After Reddick put the A's on the board, Mariners starting pitcher Jason Vargas kept them off of it for the rest of the game. He tossed his sixth-career complete game and retired 13 batters in a row between the third and eighth innings. Vargas' last complete game was in July 6, 2011 against the A's. Travis Blackley threw three innings of scoreless relief on Saturday. Blackley had been bother by back soreness and had his turn skipped in the rotation as a result. The Australian-born lefty struck out three batters and only allowed one hit. An encouraging sign for the A's. "He's pitching really well," Melvin said. "He continues to impress for a guy that has a certain intensity and confidence now that he probably didn't have before the season."

A's use three solo shots to avoid sweep vs Mets

A's use three solo shots to avoid sweep vs Mets


NEW YORK — Rookie Matt Chapman quickly atoned for a baserunning blunder by hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning that sent the Oakland Athletics over the Mets 3-2 Sunday, ending New York's four-game winning streak.

With the July 31 trade deadline nearing and far back in the NL wild-card race, the Mets now start a 10-game trip, and there's no telling whether veterans such as Jay Bruce and Lucas Duda will remain on the team when it returns to Citi Field.

Marcus Semien and Khris Davis also homered for Oakland, helping Bob Melvin post his 999th victory as a big league manager. Semien connected on the sixth pitch of the game, and Davis hit his 28th home run in the fourth.

Michael Conforto hit his 19th homer of the season and fifth of the Mets' 6-4 homestand that followed the All-Star break.

Oakland led 2-1 when Chapman opened the fifth with a double and moved up on a wild pitch by Rafael Montero (1-7). But with no outs, Chapman wandered too far from third base and was picked off by catcher Rene Rivera.

After the Mets tied it on an RBI grounder by Jose Reyes, Chapman launched a drive with two outs in the seventh. Chapman showed pop in the minors, and has homered four times since making his major league debut last month, including a drive Saturday night.

The Athletics made another mistake on the bases in the ninth when Jed Lowrie tried to steal second — with pinch-runner Rajai Davis already there, resulting in an out.

Rookie Daniel Gossett (2-5) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings. He snagged a line drive by Curtis Granderson just above his head in the fifth, preserving Oakland's one-run lead.

Santiago Casilla, a possible trade target in the next two weeks, worked the ninth for his 16th save in 21 chances. After Wilmer Flores singled with one out, pinch-hitter Yoenis Cespedes hit a flyball that got fans hollering it might leave the park, but it was caught way short of the warning track.

The A's improved to 3-10 in interleague play, still the worst mark in the majors. The start of the game was delayed 61 minutes because of rain.

Despite the defeat, it was not a total loss for Montero. He was 0 for 28 at the plate in his major league career before lining a two-out single in the fifth. He broke into a big smile and the ball was thrown into the Mets dugout for safekeeping.

Montero then scampered to third when Conforto struck out on a wild pitch that bounced toward the New York bench. Granderson's bid for a tying hit was caught by the right-handed Gossett, who took off his glove, rotated his left shoulder to work out a kink, spit, tilted his hat and shook his head as he slowly walked off the mound.


Athletics: Righty reliever Ryan Dull (strained knee) could rejoin the A's for the finale of the upcoming four-game series in Toronto. ... 1B Ryon Healy didn't start for the second straight game after getting hit in the head by a bad hop Friday.

Mets: Cespedes and INF Asdrubal Cabrera didn't start, with manager Terry Collins saying the veterans told him they could use a day off.


Athletics: RHP Chris Smith (0-0, 2.77 ERA) starts in Toronto vs. LHP Francisco Liriano (5-5, 6.15). Smith made his first major league start earlier this month at age 36.

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (11-3, 3.37) has won seven straight starts. He has a 1.51 ERA in that span, striking out 50 and walking 10. He'll face Padres LHP Clayton Richard (5-10, 5.35).

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory

A's blow five-run lead, watch Mets walk off with victory


NEW YORK -- Wilmer Flores hit a solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Mets rallied from an early five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.

Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda delivered a tying single with two outs in the eighth off left-hander Daniel CoulombeJay Bruce hit a two-run homer in the sixth to begin New York's comeback, and Jose Reyes tripled twice.

Flores connected on a 96 mph fastball from Simon Castro (0-1), sending a line drive to left field for the second game-ending homer of his career. That sent a frenzied crowd of 39,629 home happy - hours after fans lined up early in the heat outside Citi Field to get their Noah Syndergaard as Thor bobbleheads.

Matt Joyce hit a leadoff home run and Matt Chapman added a prodigious shot for Oakland, which scored four in the first off struggling Mets starter Zack Wheeler.

Sean Manaea took a shutout into the sixth but then wilted after throwing a career-high 115 pitches Sunday in his previous start, a win against Cleveland.

Hansel Robles (6-1) tossed a hitless inning to win for the second straight day.

With Mets second baseman Neil Walker nearing a return from the disabled list, perhaps Monday in San Diego, Asdrubal Cabrera made his first major league start at third and played flawless defense after working out at the position once. Cabrera's only previous appearance at the hot corner came during his rookie season in 2007 with Cleveland. "He's a middle infielder who's going to play third base. Got great hands, great arm. He'll be fine," manager Terry Collins said. Cabrera initially balked at shifting from shortstop to second when he came off the DL about a month ago.

Athletics: Ryon Healy had a pinch-hit single after getting hit near the left temple by a bad-hop grounder Friday night. Healy went through the concussion protocol and was cleared, manager Bob Melvin said. ... Melvin said he would have news after the game regarding RHP Jharel Cotton, on the DL since July 4 with a blister on his right thumb. Cotton threw a bullpen Friday. Oakland needs a starter for Monday night at Toronto. ... INF-OF Chad Pinder (strained left hamstring) homered Friday on his rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville and could come off the DL when Oakland begins a homestand next weekend. "That's kind of the target area," Melvin said.

Mets: Walker (left hamstring) went 1 for 3 with Triple-A Las Vegas at Memphis in the first game of rehab assignment. The switch-hitter has been on the DL since June 15. ... LHP Josh Smoker threw a scoreless sixth in his first outing since coming off the disabled list Thursday. Smoker had been sidelined since June 14 with a strained left shoulder.

Oakland rookie right-hander Daniel Gossett (1-5, 5.79 ERA) makes his eighth career start in Sunday's series finale against RHP Rafael Montero (1-6, 5.40). Gossett has given up 10 homers in 37 1/3 innings after yielding only four in 60 2/3 innings at Triple-A.