Padres fail to find big hit early, fall 6-2 to A’s
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jed Lowrie hit a bases-loaded, bases-clearing double in the decisive sixth, Mark Cahna added a solo homer that inning, and the Oakland Athletics rallied to beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 on Tuesday night.
Chad Pinder added a solo homer in the seventh.
The A’s finally got to San Diego starter Clayton Richard (7-8) in the sixth.
Pinder walked to start the sixth as the first five hitters reached base. Khris Davis followed Lowrie’s double with a run-scoring single before Cahna’s 11th home run, after a double play.
A’s third baseman Matt Chapman returned from the disabled list after missing 16 games with a recurring right hand injury that began bothering him during the offseason. He had played in 149 straight games before the DL stint.
Bassitt, who has just one win in five starts since being called up last month, escaped jams in the first and third innings as the Padres stranded five baserunners. The A’s made a pair of forceouts at home in the third, including first baseman Matt Olson‘s nifty throw after a backhanded stop.
Myers’ double chased Bassitt. He allowed two runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings, struck out six and walked three.
Richard gave up five runs and six hits, walked a season-high five batters over six innings and struck out two in his second straight defeat.
Oakland, which had its six-game winning streak snapped Sunday by Cleveland, won for the 13th time in 16 games despite grounding into five double plays.
Leadoff hitter Travis Jankowski had three hits for San Diego, which will conclude the short two-game series Wednesday having played 23 of its last 28 away from Petco Park.
The A’s improved to 6-2 in interleague play.
BIG MAC HONORED
Padres bench coach Mark McGwire, a former A’s slugger who spent his first 11 1/2 big league seasons in the East Bay before being traded to the Cardinals in 1997, was honored before the game as part of Oakland’s 50th anniversary season festivities in a ceremony at home plate with team president Dave Kaval. Big Mac received his green No. 25 commemorative A’s jersey and the Bash Brother tipped his cap to the cheering crowd.
Padres: RHP Jordan Lyles, scratched in the bottom of the first inning June 23 just before his scheduled start and on the DL with inflammation in his pitching elbow, played catch with the relievers. Depending on how he felt afterward, the Padres would decide when he is ready to throw off a mound. … The Padres placed RHP Kirby Yates on the paternity list and recalled RHP Colten Brewer from Triple-A El Paso.
Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill, who has an impingement in his throwing elbow, pitched in the Arizona League and is likely to make another rehab appearance Sunday or Monday before potentially returning to the A’s in Houston early next week. … RHP Daniel Mengden (sprained right foot) threw a bullpen session, and if all was OK by Wednesday, the A’s planned to send him to Triple-A Nashville for a rehab assignment. … Oakland optioned INF Franklin Barreto to Nashville to clear roster room for Chapman’s return.
Padres: RHP Luis Perdomo (1-2, 8.36 ERA), a taxi squad player, will be called up Wednesday to make his fifth start of 2018.
Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea (8-6, 3.38) is coming off a masterful June during which he went 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in five starts.