Mengden dominates Rays to help A's avoid four-game sweep

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With an opportunity at a second consecutive shutout, Athletics manager Bob Melvin had no problem sending Daniel Mengden out for the ninth inning.

Three batters later Mengden was in the dugout, his scoreless streak over but a much-needed win for the A's all but wrapped up.

Mengden allowed three runs over eight innings and Oakland beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-3 on Thursday to avoid a four-game sweep.

''I knew my leash wasn't going to be very long,'' Mengden said. ''He let me stay out there as long as I figured I would. Just comes down to not executing pitches that last inning. Did it for eight innings, but didn't execute for nine.''

Mengden (6-4) was dominant most of the game against Tampa Bay. He gave up six hits, struck out five and extended his scoreless streak to a career-high 25 innings before giving up three straight hits, including a two-run double by Wilson Ramos in the ninth.

It's the longest scoreless streak by any A's pitcher since former closer Sean Doolittle went 26 1/3 innings in 2014. Mengden's run is also the best by an Oakland starting pitcher since Cory Lidle's 32-inning streak in 2002.

In six May starts this season, Mengden has a 1.51 ERA.

''This has been Daniel's month,'' Melvin said. ''He's been absolutely terrific. When you have four pitches it's tough for hitters to think along with you, and he uses all four of those pitches. You're seeing very few balls barreled up.''

Josh Lucas replaced Mengden and retired two hitters. Blake Treinen got Johnny Field to pop out to shortstop for his 13th save.

Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and Matt Joyce all homered, providing some much-needed punch to an offense that had sputtered since their leading home run hitter Khris Davis went on the disabled list 10 days earlier.

Davis was activated before the game and doubled and scored as part of a three-run second inning to help Oakland end a three-game losing streak.

''I don't think that's coincidence at all,'' A's shortstop Chad Pinder said. ''He's got that much influence on our lineup. It changes how other teams go about pitching us. With him in the middle of the lineup, the guy's proven to be our best run-producer by far.''

Joey Wendle had three hits for Tampa Bay.

The Rays had won five straight and outscored the A's 11-3 through the first three games of the series before getting shut down by Mengden.

''(Mengden) made it really challenging,'' Rays manager Kevin Cash said. ''He pitched kind of like the line showed. Our guys just didn't have too many opportunities to square balls up.''

Olson and Chapman hit solo home runs in the seventh off Ryan Yarbrough. Joyce added a two-run shot in the eighth off Vidal Nuno.

Ryne Stanek (1-1) started for Tampa Bay and retired four batters in his second major league start. Stanek earned his first career win Monday in relief.

WHAT AN ENDING

Pinder preserved the win when he made an over-the-shoulder catch on Field's pop-up in the ninth. The ball bounced out of Pinder's glove, but he caught it bare-handed for the final out.

''I told him he can use his glove too,'' Melvin said. ''Doesn't have to make it that dramatic. It was a nice play.''

RAYS DEAL MINOR LEAGUE CATCHER

The Rays traded minor league catcher Curt Casali to the Cincinnati Reds for cash. Casali batted .199 with 19 home runs and 49 RBIs in 161 games over four seasons with the Rays.

The 29-year-old was hitting .274 with four home runs and 20 RBIs this year for Triple-A Durham.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: Right fielder Carlos Gomez (groin) was held out of the starting lineup. Gomez tweaked the injury legging out a triple Wednesday night. ... Third baseman Matt Duffy was given the day off.

Athletics: Right-hander Santiago Casilla (shoulder strain) has been playing catch and the team expects to make a decision in the next few days when to send the veteran reliever on a rehab assignment. ... RHP Carlos Ramirez was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

UP NEXT

Rays: The team hasn't announced who will start Friday's series opener in Seattle, although manager Kevin Cash is leaning toward having reliever Sergio Romo go. Romo made four starts in a nine-day period from May 19 to 27.

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (1-0, 1.50 ERA) makes his second start for Oakland in Kansas City on Friday. Montas set career highs for innings pitched (six) and strikeouts (seven) in his A's debut against Arizona last Sunday.

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  • W: D. Mengden (6-4)L: R. Stanek (1-1)S: B. Treinen (13)
  • HR: OAK - M. Joyce (7), M. Olson (9), M. Chapman (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Smith CF40000000.279.351.370.7210.0
C. Cron DH31100100.270.335.484.8183.0
J. Wendle 2B41300010.295.344.416.7603.5
W. Ramos C31120102.313.360.482.8416.0
D. Robertson SS40000023.260.401.438.839-1.0
B. Miller 1B30100112.245.313.413.7251.5
R. Refsnyder LF40000023.194.359.339.698-1.0
C. Arroyo 3B40110010.310.412.448.8602.5
J. Field RF40000002.253.283.463.7460.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Joyce LF51121023.199.312.379.6916.0
    J. Lowrie 2B50000020.299.362.493.855-1.0
    M. Olson 1B41111010.236.320.429.7495.5
    K. Davis DH31100111.237.311.500.8113.5
    M. Chapman 3B41111003.228.318.427.7456.0
    C. Pinder SS21100200.252.328.449.7764.0
    B. Maxwell C40000016.154.182.231.413-0.5
    S. Piscotty RF32120111.227.286.349.6356.5
    M. Canha CF30110111.231.295.440.7352.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Ramos (7), C. Arroyo (2)
      • RBI - W. Ramos 2 (28), C. Arroyo (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Arroyo (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - K. Davis (10), S. Piscotty (12)
      • HR - M. Joyce (7), M. Olson (9), M. Chapman (9)
      • RBI - M. Joyce 2 (12), M. Olson (21), M. Chapman (23), S. Piscotty 2 (19), M. Canha (20)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Joyce 2 (6), M. Chapman (11), S. Piscotty 2 (10), M. Canha (13)
      FIELDING
      • E - C. Arroyo, M. Smith (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Pinder-Lowrie-Olson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek (L, 1-1)1.11221004.661.24-6.0
      R. Yarbrough5.25333923.381.138.5
      V. Nuno1.01221013.001.67-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek (L, 1-1)1.1
      R. Yarbrough5.2
      V. Nuno1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Mengden (W, 6-4)8.06332502.910.9725.5
      J. Lucas0.21001202.891.50-1.0
      B. Treinen (S, 13)0.10000000.991.027.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Mengden (W, 6-4)8.0
      J. Lucas0.2
      B. Treinen (S, 13)0.1
      PITCHING
      • IBB - R. Yarbrough 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 25-15, R. Yarbrough 100-65, V. Nuno 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-3, R. Yarbrough 8-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 6, R. Yarbrough 27, V. Nuno 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Mengden (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 102-66, J. Lucas 18-11, B. Treinen 1-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 10-8
      • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 31, J. Lucas 4, B. Treinen
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Smith CF40000000.279.351.370.7210.0
      C. Cron DH31100100.270.335.484.8183.0
      J. Wendle 2B41300010.295.344.416.7603.5
      W. Ramos C31120102.313.360.482.8416.0
      D. Robertson SS40000023.260.401.438.839-1.0
      B. Miller 1B30100112.245.313.413.7251.5
      R. Refsnyder LF40000023.194.359.339.698-1.0
      C. Arroyo 3B40110010.310.412.448.8602.5
      J. Field RF40000002.253.283.463.7460.0
      Total3337303712-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Joyce LF51121023.199.312.379.6916.0
        J. Lowrie 2B50000020.299.362.493.855-1.0
        M. Olson 1B41111010.236.320.429.7495.5
        K. Davis DH31100111.237.311.500.8113.5
        M. Chapman 3B41111003.228.318.427.7456.0
        C. Pinder SS21100200.252.328.449.7764.0
        B. Maxwell C40000016.154.182.231.413-0.5
        S. Piscotty RF32120111.227.286.349.6356.5
        M. Canha CF30110111.231.295.440.7352.5
        Total3377735915-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Ramos (7), C. Arroyo (2)
          • RBI - W. Ramos 2 (28), C. Arroyo (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Arroyo (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - K. Davis (10), S. Piscotty (12)
          • HR - M. Joyce (7), M. Olson (9), M. Chapman (9)
          • RBI - M. Joyce 2 (12), M. Olson (21), M. Chapman (23), S. Piscotty 2 (19), M. Canha (20)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Joyce 2 (6), M. Chapman (11), S. Piscotty 2 (10), M. Canha (13)
          FIELDING
          • E - C. Arroyo, M. Smith (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Pinder-Lowrie-Olson)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Stanek (L, 1-1)1.11221004.661.24-6.0
          R. Yarbrough5.25333923.381.138.5
          V. Nuno1.01221013.001.67-1.0
          Total8.0777593---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Stanek (L, 1-1)1.1
          R. Yarbrough5.2
          V. Nuno1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Mengden (W, 6-4)8.06332502.910.9725.5
          J. Lucas0.21001202.891.50-1.0
          B. Treinen (S, 13)0.10000000.991.027.0
          Total9.0733370---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Mengden (W, 6-4)8.0
          J. Lucas0.2
          B. Treinen (S, 13)0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - R. Yarbrough 2 (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 25-15, R. Yarbrough 100-65, V. Nuno 17-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-3, R. Yarbrough 8-2
          • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 6, R. Yarbrough 27, V. Nuno 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Mengden (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 102-66, J. Lucas 18-11, B. Treinen 1-1
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 10-8
          • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 31, J. Lucas 4, B. Treinen
          • 9TH INNING
            Arroyo doubled to shallow left, Ramos scored, Miller to third37
            Ramos doubled to right center, Cron and Wendle scored27
          • 8TH INNING
            Joyce homered to center, Piscotty scored07
          • 7TH INNING
            Chapman homered to left05
            Olson homered to right04
          • 2ND INNING
            Canha singled to shallow center, Piscotty scored03
            Piscotty doubled to left, Davis and Pinder scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Cron singled to shallow left
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Strike swinging, Wendle singled to right, Cron to second
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos doubled to right center, Cron and Wendle scored
            • Josh Lucas relieved Daniel Mengden
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Miller walked
            • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Refsnyder struck out looking
            • C. Arroyo: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Arroyo doubled to shallow left, Ramos scored, Miller to third
            • Blake Treinen relieved Josh Lucas
            • J. Field: Field popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Arroyo struck out swinging
            • J. Field: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Field flied out to right
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Vidal Nuno relieved Ryan Yarbrough
            • B. Maxwell: Foul, Maxwell flied out to left
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
            • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Canha fouled out to first
            • M. Joyce: Joyce homered to center, Piscotty scored
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Lowrie lined out to right
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • D. Robertson: Robertson fouled out to first
            • B. Miller: Strike looking, Miller lined out to left
            • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Refsnyder struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking
            • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Olson homered to right
            • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Davis grounded out to third
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Chapman homered to left
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Foul, Pinder grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Smith flied out to left
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cron walked
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Wendle singled to shallow center, Cron to second
            • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Wendle out at second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Pinder singled to shallow right center
            • B. Maxwell: Foul, Ball, Foul, Maxwell grounded out to shortstop, Pinder to second
            • S. Piscotty: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • M. Canha: Canha intentionally walked
            • M. Joyce: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • R. Refsnyder: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Refsnyder lined out to left
            • C. Arroyo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arroyo grounded out to third
            • J. Field: Foul, Ball, Foul, Field grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Olson safe at first on center fielder Smith fielding error, Olson to second
            • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Chapman: Chapman grounded out to second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cron flied out to right
            • J. Wendle: Wendle singled to shallow center
            • W. Ramos: Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Ball, Wendle to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked
            • D. Robertson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Robertson struck out swinging
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Miller struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
            • M. Joyce: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • C. Arroyo: Ball, Arroyo grounded out to second
            • J. Field: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Field flied out to right
            • M. Smith: Smith grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lowrie flied out to deep center
            • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Chapman safe at first on 3rd baseman Arroyo fielding error, Davis to third
            • C. Pinder: Pinder intentionally walked
            • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Maxwell grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • W. Ramos: Ball, Foul, Ramos grounded out to second
            • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Robertson grounded out to third
            • B. Miller: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Miller singled to shallow right center
            • R. Refsnyder: Strike looking, Refsnyder lined out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Ball, Davis doubled to deep right center
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Chapman lined out to center
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pinder walked
            • Ryan Yarbrough relieved Ryne Stanek
            • B. Maxwell: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Maxwell struck out swinging
            • S. Piscotty: Piscotty doubled to left, Davis and Pinder scored
            • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Canha singled to shallow center, Piscotty scored
            • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Joyce grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Canha out at second
            • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • M. Joyce: Ball, Joyce flied out to deep center
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lowrie grounded out to first
            • M. Olson: Ball, Olson flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)