Mengden's leads A's over Blue Jays 9-2 for rare 4-game sweep

TORONTO (AP) Daniel Mengden helped the surging Athletics finish off a sweep and gave Oakland's beleaguered bullpen a much-needed break.

Mengden allowed two hits over seven shutout innings to win his second straight start, a 9-2 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday that completed a four-game sweep.

Marcus Semien hit a two-run home run and had three RBIs, and Matt Chapman had three hits and a walk as Oakland swept a four-game road series for the first time since September 2016 at Kansas City.

''We got swept here last year so it feels good to come out here and get some wins,'' Chapman said.

Oakland lost four straight at Toronto last July, including a pair of walk-offs.

Toronto designated hitter Kendrys Morales had two of Toronto's four hits and made his first big league pitching appearance with a scoreless ninth. Morales, who once pitched in the Cuban league, worked around a one-out walk and got three flyouts.

Oakland went 7-3 on a trip to the New York Yankees, Boston, and Toronto, homering in every game. The A's are 12-4 against the AL East.

''It's probably the toughest road trip we have all year, and to go 7-3 is amazing,'' Mengden said. ''We're really hot right now.''

It's Oakland's first seven-win trip since April 2014, when the A's swept Minnesota and went 2-1 against the Mariners and Angels.

Mengden (4-4) gave up a pair of singles, struck out two and walked one.

''With an off day tomorrow, we're caught up in our bullpen,'' Melvin said. ''That was big for us.''

Oakland relievers combined to pitch 18 2/3 innings over the first three games of the series. Right-hander Andrew Triggs left Thursday's series opener in the third inning with a nerve irritation in a hand. Lefty Brett Anderson came out after one inning Friday because of a sore shoulder.

On Sunday, Oakland designated hitter Khris Davis left in the fourth inning because of a strained right groin. Davis was unable to run hard on his grounder to shortstop, limped off and headed down the tunnel to the clubhouse.

''He didn't feel a pop, which is encouraging, but typically those things aren't one or two days,'' Melvin said.

Toronto was swept in a four-game home series for the first time since May 31 to June 3, 2001, against Boston. The Blue Jays have lost 12 of their last 15 at Rogers Centre, including six in a row, their longest home skid since July 2013.

Toronto had its first four-error game since May 18, 2014, at Texas, and the miscues led to five unearned runs. There were multiple rounds of boos from the crowd of 30,676.

''It was ugly,'' manager John Gibbons said. ''We're on a bad stretch right now. We're not playing real good baseball in a bunch of different areas.''

Third baseman Josh Donaldson made one fielding error and misplayed two other balls.

''I've got to be better, plain and simple,'' Donaldson said.

Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run homer off Wilmer Font in the ninth.

Joe Biagini (0-3) allowed four runs - three earned - and six hits in four-plus innings. He has lost eight straight decisions, including relief appearances, and is 0-10 in 13 starts since winning at Texas on June 21 last year.

VLAD'S BIG DAY

Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 4 for 4 and hit a walkoff home run in the first game of a doubleheader for Double-A New Hampshire. Guerrero also singled in his first at bat in the second game.

PITCHING IN

Morales was the first Blue Jays position player to take the mound in a regular season game since infielders Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney in a 19-inning loss to Cleveland on July 1, 2016. Morales became the 11th position player to pitch for the Blue Jays.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Oakland claimed RHP Carlos Ramirez off waivers from the Blue Jays. ... Davis leads the A's with 13 home runs.

Blue Jays: C Russell Martin got the day off.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (2-1, 2.79) starts Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series against Seattle. RHP Mike Leake (4-3, 6.00) starts for the Mariners. Cahill is 5-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 13 starts against Seattle.

Blue Jays: LHP J.A. Happ (5-3, 4.15) will be on the mound Tuesday for the opener of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Happ pitched seven shutout innings against the New York Mets in his previous start.

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  • W: D. Mengden (4-4)L: J. Biagini (0-3)
  • HR: OAK - M. Semien (5), TOR - Y. Solarte (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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M. Semien SS41231001.276.323.404.7278.0
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M. Olson 1B50100011.238.326.417.7431.5
M. Chapman 3B42300101.254.351.479.8308.0
S. Piscotty RF32000202.241.301.362.6634.0
J. Lucroy C41210102.281.348.367.7155.0
C. Pinder LF-2B42110015.278.337.494.8313.5
  • a-doubled for Davis in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF-CF40000024.255.416.439.855-1.0
J. Donaldson 3B30000002.214.310.411.7210.0
G. Urshela 3B10000000.231.231.462.6920.0
J. Smoak 1B40000010.252.369.439.808-0.5
T. Hernandez RF31000100.256.310.526.8372.0
Y. Solarte 2B41221000.260.327.480.8078.0
K. Pillar CF20000000.294.332.486.8170.0
D. Smith LF10000100.294.400.471.8711.0
K. Morales DH-P40200011.163.248.279.5271.5
L. Maile C10000200.315.405.493.8982.0
R. Urena SS20000012.278.278.444.722-0.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Joyce (8), M. Olson (9), M. Chapman 2 (8)
    • HR - M. Semien (5)
    • SF - D. Fowler, M. Semien (4)
    • RBI - D. Fowler 2 (6), M. Semien 3 (23), J. Lucroy (11), C. Pinder (11)
    BATTING
    • HR - Y. Solarte (10)
    • SH - R. Urena
    • RBI - Y. Solarte 2 (29)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Solarte 2 (15)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - D. Fowler, M. Semien (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - S. Piscotty
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Maile-Urena; Urena-Solarte-Smoak)
    • E - J. Donaldson (2), T. Hernandez (4), R. Urena 2 (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Mengden (W, 4-4)7.02001203.301.0829.0
    C. Hatcher1.01001105.171.911.5
    W. Font1.012222112.712.12-1.0
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Mengden (W, 4-4)7.0
    C. Hatcher1.0
    W. Font1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Biagini (L, 0-3)4.06432207.711.87-3.0
    D. Barnes1.02110113.181.710.5
    J. Petricka0.12300006.752.85-2.0
    A. Loup0.20100003.381.340.0
    D. McGuire2.01002204.261.264.0
    K. Morales1.00001000.001.002.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 97-64, C. Hatcher 22-13, W. Font 23-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 8-10, C. Hatcher 2-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 23, C. Hatcher 5, W. Font 6
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Biagini (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Biagini 87-50, D. Barnes 18-10, J. Petricka 22-16, A. Loup 12-8, D. McGuire 43-24, K. Morales 16-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Biagini 5-3, D. Barnes 1-1, J. Petricka 2-0, D. McGuire 1-4
    • Batters Faced - J. Biagini 18, D. Barnes 5, J. Petricka 4, A. Loup 3, D. McGuire 10, K. Morales 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK25-22
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    TOR22-25
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fowler CF41120001.207.294.414.7083.0
    M. Semien SS41231001.276.323.404.7278.0
    J. Lowrie 2B40000121.320.389.547.9360.0
    M. Canha LF00000000.250.302.472.7740.0
    K. Davis DH20000001.235.307.497.8050.0
    a- M. Joyce PH-DH30100011.202.333.380.7131.5
    M. Olson 1B50100011.238.326.417.7431.5
    M. Chapman 3B42300101.254.351.479.8308.0
    S. Piscotty RF32000202.241.301.362.6634.0
    J. Lucroy C41210102.281.348.367.7155.0
    C. Pinder LF-2B42110015.278.337.494.8313.5
    Total37911715516-----
    HITTERSAB
    D. Fowler CF4
    M. Semien SS4
    J. Lowrie 2B4
    M. Canha LF0
    K. Davis DH2
    a- M. Joyce PH-DH3
    M. Olson 1B5
    M. Chapman 3B4
    S. Piscotty RF3
    J. Lucroy C4
    C. Pinder LF-2B4
    Total37
    • a-doubled for Davis in the 5th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson LF-CF40000024.255.416.439.855-1.0
    J. Donaldson 3B30000002.214.310.411.7210.0
    G. Urshela 3B10000000.231.231.462.6920.0
    J. Smoak 1B40000010.252.369.439.808-0.5
    T. Hernandez RF31000100.256.310.526.8372.0
    Y. Solarte 2B41221000.260.327.480.8078.0
    K. Pillar CF20000000.294.332.486.8170.0
    D. Smith LF10000100.294.400.471.8711.0
    K. Morales DH-P40200011.163.248.279.5271.5
    L. Maile C10000200.315.405.493.8982.0
    R. Urena SS20000012.278.278.444.722-0.5
    Total292421459-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Joyce (8), M. Olson (9), M. Chapman 2 (8)
      • HR - M. Semien (5)
      • SF - D. Fowler, M. Semien (4)
      • RBI - D. Fowler 2 (6), M. Semien 3 (23), J. Lucroy (11), C. Pinder (11)
      BATTING
      • HR - Y. Solarte (10)
      • SH - R. Urena
      • RBI - Y. Solarte 2 (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Solarte 2 (15)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - D. Fowler, M. Semien (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - S. Piscotty
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Maile-Urena; Urena-Solarte-Smoak)
      • E - J. Donaldson (2), T. Hernandez (4), R. Urena 2 (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Mengden (W, 4-4)7.02001203.301.0829.0
      C. Hatcher1.01001105.171.911.5
      W. Font1.012222112.712.12-1.0
      Total9.0422451---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Mengden (W, 4-4)7.0
      C. Hatcher1.0
      W. Font1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Biagini (L, 0-3)4.06432207.711.87-3.0
      D. Barnes1.02110113.181.710.5
      J. Petricka0.12300006.752.85-2.0
      A. Loup0.20100003.381.340.0
      D. McGuire2.01002204.261.264.0
      K. Morales1.00001000.001.002.0
      Total9.01194551---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Biagini (L, 0-3)4.0
      D. Barnes1.0
      J. Petricka0.1
      A. Loup0.2
      D. McGuire2.0
      K. Morales1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 97-64, C. Hatcher 22-13, W. Font 23-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 8-10, C. Hatcher 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 23, C. Hatcher 5, W. Font 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Biagini (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Biagini 87-50, D. Barnes 18-10, J. Petricka 22-16, A. Loup 12-8, D. McGuire 43-24, K. Morales 16-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Biagini 5-3, D. Barnes 1-1, J. Petricka 2-0, D. McGuire 1-4
      • Batters Faced - J. Biagini 18, D. Barnes 5, J. Petricka 4, A. Loup 3, D. McGuire 10, K. Morales 4
      • 9TH INNING
        Solarte homered to center, Hernandez scored92
      • 6TH INNING
        Semien hit sacrifice fly to right, Fowler scored90
        Fowler hit sacrifice fly to center, Piscotty and Pinder scored on right fielder Hernandez fielding error80
        Lucroy reached on an infield single to second, Chapman scored, Piscotty to second60
      • 5TH INNING
        Semien homered to center, Pinder scored50
        Fowler grounded out to second, Lucroy scored, Pinder to second30
        Pinder singled to left, Piscotty scored, Lucroy to third20
      • 2ND INNING
        Piscotty safe at first on 3rd baseman Donaldson fielding error, Chapman scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • K. Morales Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Olson flied out to left
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty flied out to right
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lucroy flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Wilmer Font relieved Chris Hatcher
        • Mark Canha in left
        • G. Urshela: Urshela flied out to deep left
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Smoak struck out looking
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
        • Y. Solarte: Solarte homered to center, Hernandez scored
        • D. Smith: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
        • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Morales struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Gio Urshela at third
        • Dwight Smith in left
        • D. Fowler: Fowler popped out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Ball, Semien lined out to left
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike looking, Lowrie safe at first on shortstop Urena fielding error
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joyce flied out to right
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Chris Hatcher relieved Daniel Mengden
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Smith grounded out to pitcher
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Morales singled to center
        • L. Maile: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maile walked, Morales to second
        • R. Urena: Ball, Urena grounded out to second, Morales to third, Maile to second
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Deck McGuire relieved Aaron Loup
        • M. Joyce: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Olson popped out to second
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman doubled to shallow right
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Piscotty walked
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lucroy walked, Chapman to third, Piscotty to second
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak flied out to deep right
        • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to third
        • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike looking, Solarte grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Jake Petricka relieved Danny Barnes
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Chapman singled to center
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Piscotty reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Chapman to second on shortstop Urena fielding error
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lucroy reached on an infield single to second, Chapman scored, Piscotty to second
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pinder reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Piscotty to third, Lucroy out at second
        • Aaron Loup relieved Jake Petricka
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler hit sacrifice fly to center, Piscotty and Pinder scored on right fielder Hernandez fielding error
        • M. Semien: Foul, Semien hit sacrifice fly to right, Fowler scored
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lowrie flied out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • R. Urena: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Urena struck out swinging
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson grounded out to first
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Donaldson flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
        • J. Lucroy: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Lucroy reached on an infield single to third, Piscotty to second
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pinder singled to left, Piscotty scored, Lucroy to third
        • Danny Barnes relieved Joe Biagini
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Fowler grounded out to second, Lucroy scored, Pinder to second
        • M. Semien: Ball, Semien homered to center, Pinder scored
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking
        • Matt Joyce hit for Khris Davis
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Joyce doubled to deep right
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson flied out to center
        • Middle of the 5th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar grounded out to third
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Morales flied out to deep center
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Maile grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
        • K. Davis: Strike (foul tip), Davis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Lowrie out at second
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Olson doubled to deep center
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Chapman flied out to left
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Ball, Smoak flied out to deep right
        • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Hernandez lined out to right
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Solarte lined out to pitcher
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pinder grounded out to third
        • D. Fowler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Fowler singled to center
        • M. Semien: Semien lined out to right
        • J. Lowrie: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Fowler caught stealing, catcher to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Morales singled to deep right
        • L. Maile: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Maile walked, Morales to second
        • R. Urena: Urena hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Morales to third, Maile to second
        • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
        • J. Donaldson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Donaldson grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davis flied out to deep right
        • M. Olson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Chapman doubled to left center
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chapman to third on wild pitch, Ball, Piscotty safe at first on 3rd baseman Donaldson fielding error, Chapman scored
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded into fielder's choice to third, Piscotty out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • T. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez fouled out to catcher
        • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Solarte singled to right, Solarte out at second
        • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Biagini Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fowler grounded out to second
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Semien singled to right
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging, Semien caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Mengden Pitching:
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Granderson flied out to deep right
        • J. Donaldson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Donaldson flied out to shallow right
        • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak lined out to right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)