Pratt's Instant Replay: Angels 4, A's 0


Pratt's Instant Replay: Angels 4, A's 0


OAKLAND -- Jered Weaver has collected a win in his last nine starts. His latest victim - the Oakland A's. Weaver's winning streak is the second longest in Major League Baseball this season (R.A. Dickey, 11). The Angels ace tormented the A's bats over nine innings of shutout ball.With the A's 4-0 loss they are now in third place in the American League West and they don't hold either of the two A.L. Wild Card spots.At the PlateThe A's couldn't muster any offense against Weaver. He faced the minimum twelve hitters through the first four innings striking out nine.Coco Crisp did a good job battling Weaver in a 10-pitch at-bat. Weaver finally got Crisp to ground out to shortstop Eric Aybar after Crisp wasted about an inning worth of Weaver's bullets.Brandon Inge collected half of the A's hits against Weaver. He hit a single in the third inning and smacked Oakland's only extra-base hit of the evening. Derek Norris was the only non-Brandon to collect a hit off Weaver, as Brandon Moss hit a single in the fifth.Starting Pitching ReportJarrod Parker started the game by plunking Mike Trout who stole second base and promptly advanced to third on a fly out. The A's dodged a bullet though when Albert Pujols hit a one-hopper straight to Brandon Inge who caught Trout in a rundown between third and home.In the second inning Kendry Morales led off with a double off the high portion of the right field wall. Josh (Spider-man) Reddick attempted to scale the wall to make the catch but just missed it. Parker retired the next two hitters, getting the inning's second out on a perfect slider to strike out Howie Kendrick swinging. The next three batters hit two-out singles though, giving the Angels a 2-0 lead.Parker really settled down over the next four innings facing one batter over the minimum. He got in trouble again in the seventh inning after allowing back-to-back singles, after which he was able to get Trout to ground out, but both runners moved over on the play. With two outs he faced Torii Hunter in what would be the biggest at-bat of the game. Hunter singled up the middle on a 1-2 slider that was left up in the zone, the hit drove in both runners making the score 4-0. That would end Parker's night.Parker ended up with four earned runs over six and one-third innings pitched. He allowed nine hits and walked one batter, striking out six Angels.Fresh off a trip to the disabled list Erick Aybar went 3 for 3 against Parker.Bullpen ReportPat Neshek entered in relief of Parker with two outs in the seventh. He skimmed Albert Pujols' jersey on an inside pitch giving him a free trip to first base. The righty with the funky delivery then struck out Mark Trumbo swinging to end the seventh inning.Pedro Figueroa tossed two scoreless innings. He struck out two batters and only allowed one hit.In the FieldTrout hit a ball into the right field gap that Reddick fielded before firing the ball to second base. Trout attempted to stretch his single into a double and was out at second by a fingertip as Sogard's glove skimmed across the top of Trout's fingers on the swipe tag. Trout was livid after the play. Mike Scoscia had to separate his young player and second base umpire Bill Miller.Reddick's 13 outfield assists now lead Major League Baseball. The last A's outfielder to have 13 assists was Matt Stairs in 1999.AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 13,341.Dot RaceBlue wins the dot race. Don't tell me you thought Red would win with the Angels in town.Up NextThe A's will send Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.55 ERA) to the mound. Colon will be making his 22nd start of the season. He hasn't allowed a run in his last 16 and two-thirds innings pitched.He will be opposed by C.J. Wilson (9-7, 3.27 ERA). Wilson hasn't won a game since June 26. That is a span of seven starts.

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.

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's


NEW YORK — Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins rescued the Mets' bullpen with a five-out save as New York held off the Oakland Athletics 7-5 on Friday night for its third straight victory.

T.J. Rivera put the Mets ahead in the sixth inning with a two-run single that turned into a Little League home run. Rivera came all the way around to score on the play after third baseman Matt Chapman, trying to get Rivera at second, threw the ball away into right field for a costly error that made it 5-3.

Moments earlier, New York loaded the bases when Lucas Duda's bad-hop infield single struck first baseman Ryon Healy near the temple. Healy left the game and walked off under his own power with a swollen bruise next to his left eye.

Conforto's second homer made it 7-3 in the seventh. Oakland rallied for two in the eighth, but Blevins replaced closer Addison Reed with the bases loaded and got five straight outs against his former team for his fifth major league save and first this season.

Normally a lefty specialist, Blevins recorded five outs in a game for the first time since 2014 with Washington. He retired All-Star slugger Yonder Alonso on a foul popup and struck out Khris Davis to escape the eighth-inning jam.

"We just tried to find some matchups that worked," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Yoenis Cespedes had three hits after raising eyebrows when he told the San Francisco Chronicle before the game that he wants to play the final season of his career in Oakland, his first big league team.

Cespedes, who signed a $110 million, four-year contract in the offseason to remain with the Mets, also said A's manager Bob Melvin is his favorite skipper and he doesn't think there's a better one.

"Bob's a great manager. I don't blame him," Collins said after the game. "This is the first I've heard of it."

After the game, Cespedes clarified his comments while speaking with reporters through a translator and said he meant no disrespect toward Collins or the Mets.