Piscotty homers to keep A's rolling in 6-2 in over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) With a 21-6 record since mid-June, the Oakland Athletics are storming into the All-Star break on quite a roll.

Their ace is pitching like he was earlier in the season and they're continuing to hit home runs on the road at a sizzling rate.

Stephen Piscotty went deep for the fifth time in nine games on Sunday as the A's beat the San Francisco Giants 6-2.

''We're playing really confident baseball and we're making a charge here.'' Piscotty said. ''We're really happy with how we finished. We're right there, so we're excited to keep going.''

Oakland still trails first-place Houston by eight games in the AL West but moved within three games of Seattle for the second wild card spot. Four weeks ago the A's were 11 games behind the Mariners.

''We certainly have the ability to be a playoff team,'' All-Star second baseman Jed Lowrie said. ''At this point it's got to be a narrow focus. Keep the eye on the prize but narrow the focus.''

Sean Manaea allowed two runs in six innings for his fourth consecutive win. Lowrie walked and scored in his return to the lineup following a scary collision in right field two nights earlier for Oakland. Matt Chapman added two hits.

The surging A's have won nine of 12 and lead the major leagues with 85 home runs on the road.

All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford had two hits for the Giants, who lost a home series for the first time since dropping two of three at AT&T Park to Arizona from April 8-10.

San Francisco has hit only six home runs in July. Manager Bruce Bochy said his team needs to drive the ball a little bit more the second half of the season.

''That's what we need more than anything is some power. Not just home runs. We're not driving the ball like I think we can,'' Bochy said.

Piscotty singled in Jed Lowrie in the fourth against starter Andrew Suarez (3-6) then homered off Reyes Moronta in the sixth. It is Piscotty's 12th this season and fifth this month, all of them coming since July 7.

Piscotty's hit in the fourth was the first of three consecutive RBI singles off Suarez. Matt Olson and Matt Chapman also drove in runs while Jonathan Lucroy added a sacrifice fly to put Oakland up 4-1.

A's manager Bob Melvin said Piscotty is hitting his stride after dealing with the death of his mother earlier this season. Gretchen Piscotty passed away from Lou Gehrig's disease on May 6.

''Now he's just playing baseball and he's got a nice little angel sitting there with him,'' Melvin said. ''I think he's aware of that, too. It's an inspiration for him. He's playing as good as anybody we have on our team at this point.''

Manaea (9-6) gave up five hits, including Chase d'Arnaud's second home run this season in the sixth. Manaea retired seven of the final eight he faced.

Ryan Buchter struck out the side in the seventh. Lou Trivino and All-Star closer Blake Treinen retired three batters apiece to complete the five-hitter.

Suarez allowed four runs in five innings.

THIS AND THAT

Piscotty has hit 11 of his 12 home runs on the road. . Manaea has an 11-game winning streak in day games dating to May 20, 2017. . The home run by d'Arnaud was his second in five games. D'Arnaud was a non-roster invitee to spring training. . Suarez had given up four runs in his previous four starts (24 2/3 innings) before allowing four in one inning to the A's.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Lowrie had been nursing a bruised bone and calf bruise in his left leg after colliding with Piscotty in right field. . OF Matt Joyce (lumbar strain) received an epidural shot for his sore back. RHP Daniel Gossett (strained right elbow) began a throwing program.

Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation. It's Samardzija's third stint on the DL this season. IF Kelby Tomlinson was called up from Triple-A Sacramento and started at second base.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Return to the Coliseum to host the San Francisco in a three-game series beginning Friday. It's the first time since 1986 that the A's have played six consecutive games against the same team.

Giants: RHP Dereck Rodriguez (4-1, 2.89 ERA) pitches on Friday night when San Francisco heads across the Bay to play three games in Oakland.

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SF50-48
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  • W: S. Manaea (9-6)L: A. Suarez (3-6)
  • HR: OAK - S. Piscotty (12), SF - C. d'Arnaud (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Semien SS50100010.254.307.369.6760.5
C. Pinder LF50100033.260.332.464.796-0.5
J. Lowrie 2B41000114.285.357.492.8491.5
M. Canha CF21100210.261.338.465.8033.5
S. Piscotty RF42221012.264.326.457.7828.5
M. Olson 1B31110101.235.325.444.7694.0
M. Chapman 3B41210002.250.342.434.7765.0
J. Lucroy C30120020.241.297.312.6092.0
S. Manaea P20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
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b- K. Davis PH10100000.248.324.503.8271.0
B. Treinen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Manaea in the 7th
  • b-singled for Trivino in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. d'Arnaud 3B41211000.333.391.6671.0587.0
W. Smith P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Belt 1B40000011.287.383.480.862-0.5
A. McCutchen RF20000201.261.352.412.7642.0
B. Posey C40000022.288.366.408.774-1.0
B. Crawford SS41200021.292.363.462.8253.0
G. Hernandez LF30110012.277.324.454.7780.5
S. Duggar CF30000010.286.310.464.775-0.5
K. Tomlinson 2B20000000.217.280.270.5500.0
a- A. Hanson PH-2B00000100.283.314.503.8171.0
A. Suarez P10000000.034.067.034.1010.0
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R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Black P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Dyson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- P. Sandoval PH-3B10000001.250.316.402.7180.0
  • a-walked for Tomlinson in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Suarez in the 5th
  • c-grounded into a double play for Dyson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Chapman (17)
  • HR - S. Piscotty (12)
  • SF - J. Lucroy (2)
  • RBI - S. Piscotty 2 (46), M. Olson (47), M. Chapman (29), J. Lucroy 2 (27)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Crawford (22)
  • HR - C. d'Arnaud (2)
  • RBI - C. d'Arnaud (2), G. Hernandez (30)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - G. Hernandez (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Chapman-Lowrie-Olson; Lowrie-Semien-Olson)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Tomlinson-Crawford-Belt; Crawford-Tomlinson-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Manaea (W, 9-6)6.05221113.420.9920.5
R. Buchter (H, 9)1.00000301.831.174.5
L. Trivino (H, 12)1.00001001.220.952.0
B. Treinen1.00001300.940.983.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Manaea (W, 9-6)6.0
R. Buchter (H, 9)1.0
L. Trivino (H, 12)1.0
B. Treinen1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (L, 3-6)5.04442503.941.222.5
R. Moronta1.01111111.931.020.5
R. Black1.00000209.001.004.0
S. Dyson1.01001003.131.111.0
W. Smith1.04110201.230.78-1.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (L, 3-6)5.0
R. Moronta1.0
R. Black1.0
S. Dyson1.0
W. Smith1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 74-53, R. Buchter 15-10, L. Trivino 12-7, B. Treinen 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 8-7, L. Trivino 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 22, R. Buchter 3, L. Trivino 3, B. Treinen 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 90-59, R. Moronta 17-9, R. Black 13-8, S. Dyson 16-8, W. Smith 31-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 5-5, R. Moronta 1-0, S. Dyson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 21, R. Moronta 4, R. Black 3, S. Dyson 4, W. Smith 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Semien SS50100010.254.307.369.6760.5
C. Pinder LF50100033.260.332.464.796-0.5
J. Lowrie 2B41000114.285.357.492.8491.5
M. Canha CF21100210.261.338.465.8033.5
S. Piscotty RF42221012.264.326.457.7828.5
M. Olson 1B31110101.235.325.444.7694.0
M. Chapman 3B41210002.250.342.434.7765.0
J. Lucroy C30120020.241.297.312.6092.0
S. Manaea P20000001.000.000.000.0000.0
a- N. Martini PH10000010.222.222.333.556-0.5
R. Buchter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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B. Treinen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Manaea in the 7th
  • b-singled for Trivino in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. d'Arnaud 3B41211000.333.391.6671.0587.0
W. Smith P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
B. Belt 1B40000011.287.383.480.862-0.5
A. McCutchen RF20000201.261.352.412.7642.0
B. Posey C40000022.288.366.408.774-1.0
B. Crawford SS41200021.292.363.462.8253.0
G. Hernandez LF30110012.277.324.454.7780.5
S. Duggar CF30000010.286.310.464.775-0.5
K. Tomlinson 2B20000000.217.280.270.5500.0
a- A. Hanson PH-2B00000100.283.314.503.8171.0
A. Suarez P10000000.034.067.034.1010.0
b- H. Pence PH10000000.212.260.263.5230.0
R. Moronta P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Black P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Dyson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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Total292521378-----
  • a-walked for Tomlinson in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Suarez in the 5th
  • c-grounded into a double play for Dyson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Chapman (17)
  • HR - S. Piscotty (12)
  • SF - J. Lucroy (2)
  • RBI - S. Piscotty 2 (46), M. Olson (47), M. Chapman (29), J. Lucroy 2 (27)
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Crawford (22)
  • HR - C. d'Arnaud (2)
  • RBI - C. d'Arnaud (2), G. Hernandez (30)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - G. Hernandez (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Chapman-Lowrie-Olson; Lowrie-Semien-Olson)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Tomlinson-Crawford-Belt; Crawford-Tomlinson-Belt)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Manaea (W, 9-6)6.05221113.420.9920.5
R. Buchter (H, 9)1.00000301.831.174.5
L. Trivino (H, 12)1.00001001.220.952.0
B. Treinen1.00001300.940.983.5
Total9.0522371---
PITCHERSIP
S. Manaea (W, 9-6)6.0
R. Buchter (H, 9)1.0
L. Trivino (H, 12)1.0
B. Treinen1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Suarez (L, 3-6)5.04442503.941.222.5
R. Moronta1.01111111.931.020.5
R. Black1.00000209.001.004.0
S. Dyson1.01001003.131.111.0
W. Smith1.04110201.230.78-1.0
Total9.010664101---
PITCHERSIP
A. Suarez (L, 3-6)5.0
R. Moronta1.0
R. Black1.0
S. Dyson1.0
W. Smith1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 74-53, R. Buchter 15-10, L. Trivino 12-7, B. Treinen 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 8-7, L. Trivino 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 22, R. Buchter 3, L. Trivino 3, B. Treinen 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Suarez 90-59, R. Moronta 17-9, R. Black 13-8, S. Dyson 16-8, W. Smith 31-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Suarez 5-5, R. Moronta 1-0, S. Dyson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - A. Suarez 21, R. Moronta 4, R. Black 3, S. Dyson 4, W. Smith 7
  • 9TH INNING
    Lucroy singled to center, Chapman scored62
  • 6TH INNING
    d'Arnaud homered to center52
    Piscotty homered to left center51
  • 4TH INNING
    Lucroy hit sacrifice fly to left, Olson scored, Chapman to second41
    Chapman singled to right center, Piscotty scored, Olson to third31
    Olson singled to right center, Canha scored, Piscotty to third21
    Piscotty singled to right center, Lowrie scored, Canha to third11
  • 2ND INNING
    Hernandez singled to right, Crawford scored01
  • 9TH INNING
    • Will Smith pitching
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Olson fouled out to third
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chapman doubled to left center
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Lucroy singled to center, Chapman scored
    • Khris Davis hit for Lou Trivino
    • K. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Davis singled to left, Lucroy to second
    • M. Semien: Ball, Semien singled to left, Lucroy to third, Davis to second
    • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
    • J. Lowrie: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Blake Treinen pitching
    • B. Belt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Belt struck out swinging
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Posey struck out swinging
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Sam Dyson relieved Raymond Black
    • C. Pinder: Strike (foul tip), Pinder singled to left
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Lowrie flied out to left
    • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Canha walked, Pinder to second
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Canha out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Lou Trivino relieved Ryan Buchter
    • Alen Hanson hit for Kelby Tomlinson
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hanson walked
    • Pablo Sandoval hit for Sam Dyson
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Sandoval grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Hanson out at second
    • C. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Raymond Black relieved Reyes Moronta
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
    • Nick Martini hit for Sean Manaea
    • N. Martini: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Martini struck out swinging
    • M. Semien: Semien popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Buchter pitching
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • G. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • S. Duggar: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Duggar struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Reyes Moronta pitching
    • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
    • S. Piscotty: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Piscotty homered to left center
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson walked
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Chapman grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Olson out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Manaea Pitching:
    • C. d'Arnaud: Ball, d'Arnaud homered to center
    • B. Belt: Belt grounded out to second
    • A. McCutchen: McCutchen grounded out to third
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Ball, Posey grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien flied out to left
    • C. Pinder: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pinder struck out looking
    • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Lowrie flied out to deep center
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Manaea Pitching:
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Duggar grounded out to second
    • K. Tomlinson: Tomlinson grounded out to shortstop
    • Hunter Pence hit for Andrew Suarez
    • H. Pence: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Pence lined out to second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Pinder popped out to second
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
    • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha singled to left, Lowrie to second
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Piscotty singled to right center, Lowrie scored, Canha to third
    • M. Olson: Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Olson singled to right center, Canha scored, Piscotty to third
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Chapman singled to right center, Piscotty scored, Olson to third
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Lucroy hit sacrifice fly to left, Olson scored, Chapman to second
    • S. Manaea: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Manaea grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Manaea Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Foul, Belt grounded out to third
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Posey struck out swinging
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Crawford singled to right, McCutchen to third
    • G. Hernandez: Hernandez flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
    • S. Manaea: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Manaea grounded out to second
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Manaea Pitching:
    • K. Tomlinson: Strike swinging, Tomlinson popped out to first
    • A. Suarez: Strike looking, Foul, Suarez grounded out to first
    • C. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, d'Arnaud flied out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Canha walked
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Olson reached on fielder's choice to first, Canha out at second
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Chapman lined out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Manaea Pitching:
    • B. Posey: Strike looking, Posey lined out to right
    • B. Crawford: Foul, Crawford doubled to deep left
    • G. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hernandez singled to right, Crawford scored
    • S. Duggar: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Ball, Duggar flied out to deep left
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Suarez Pitching:
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien grounded out to third
    • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lowrie grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Manaea Pitching:
    • C. d'Arnaud: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, d'Arnaud singled to right
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Belt popped bunt out to pitcher
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, McCutchen grounded into double play third to second to first, d'Arnaud out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)