Luzardo secured his first hold in a win over the Angels on Tuesday, allowing a solo home run over one inning. Luzardo surrendered his fifth home run over his last four appearances when Shohei Ohtani slugged a 429-foot shot to right field, but he was able to otherwise successfully navigate the frame to capture his first hold. The left-hander's recent troubles out of the bullpen -- he owns a 12.71 ERA across the 5.2 innings covering his last four appearances -- figure to delay his return to the starting rotation even further.
Luzardo allowed two earned runs on two hits and a walk over 1.2 innings in a win over the Royals on Saturday. He struck out one. Luzardo ended up affording the Royals their only two runs of the game when Kelvin Gutierrez tagged him for a 378-foot shot in the eighth with Carlos Santana aboard. After firing four scoreless frames across his first two appearances since returning from the injured list as a reliever, the young southpaw has given up seven earned runs on four home runs over the 4.2 innings covering his last three trips to the mound.
Luzardo allowed three earned runs on two home runs and also surrendered an additional hit over one inning in a loss to the Royals on Thursday. The left-hander had a rough go of it during his one frame thanks to Jorge Soler and Andrew Benintendi, both of whom tagged him from homers. Luzardo has now allowed multiple earned runs in each of his last two relief appearances, yielding three round trippers overall during that three-inning stretch.
Luzardo (2-3) earned a relief win in Tuesday's 12-6 victory over Seattle, allowing no runs on two hits and a walk with six strikeouts in two innings. In only his second appearance since returning from the IL, Luzardo held Seattle in check and fell in line for the win after Oakland scored six runs in the top of the seventh. With a few more games like Tuesday's, it'll be difficult for manager Bob Melvin to keep Luzardo out of the rotation for much longer.
Luzardo struck out one batter during a perfect inning of work in Sunday's loss to the Angels. Luzardo made his first appearance since May 1 after being activated from the injured list Sunday. The 23-year-old southpaw needed just eight pitches to get through a perfect ninth inning. He owns a 5.59 ERA through 29 innings this season.
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