Fiers stays unbeaten with Oakland, A's top Orioles 3-2

BALTIMORE (AP) The acquisition of Mike Fiers has coincided with the Oakland Athletics' surge toward the postseason.

With a pitching staff decimated by injuries, the Athletics will be leaning heavily on the right-hander to help anchor the rotation.

Fiers remained unbeaten in an Oakland uniform, working six solid innings to lead the Athletics past the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on a damp Tuesday night.

''I feel like if I do my job, I'm going to get a win,'' Fiers said. ''Keeping a team within a couple runs with the way our team is and the way we swing the bats, I find myself in a good chance to win us the game.''

Oakland extended its winning streak to five games and is 33-15 since the All-Star break, the best mark in the majors during that span. The Athletics hold the second AL wild-card spot behind the Yankees.

Fiers (12-6), who was acquired from the Tigers on Aug. 6, allowed one run and four hits with seven strikeouts and a walk. He is 5-0 in seven starts with the A's and has won a career-best six straight decisions overall.

''It seems like other than one (start), maybe, that's pretty much what he's been giving us,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''Six innings and a lead when he leaves. Seems to get a little stronger at times as the game goes along.''

Stephen Piscotty went 3 for 4, including an RBI single in a three-run third inning. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games and has driven in a run in six straight.

''It just seems like every time we need somebody up in a big situation, (Piscotty) comes up and either hits a home run or gets a big hit to extend the lead or whatever it will be,'' Melvin said.

Adam Jones was back in the starting lineup for the first time since last Wednesday and had a pair of hits for Baltimore, which has lost five straight and has the majors' worst record (41-103). Jonathan Villar drove in both Orioles runs with a homer off Fiers in the sixth and a single in the eighth off Lou Trivino.

Jeurys Familia, acquired from the Mets on July 21, worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save overall.

Orioles right-hander Alex Cobb, who was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday with a blister on his throwing hand, pitched two scoreless innings before departing with the same injury.

''I thought he was on his way to another good outing tonight and he was crisp, carrying a good fastball,'' manager Buck Showalter said. ''He was really frustrated up the runway, regardless of what kind of stuff he might have been carrying and what he could have done.''

Mike Wright (3-2) entered in the third and was hit in the left foot by a sharp grounder from Ramon Laureano, the second batter he faced. Matt Chapman followed with an RBI double, and Khris Davis and Piscotty drove in runs with singles.

Wright settled down to retire the next seven batters.

WINNING LATE, WINNING CLOSE

The A's are the only team in baseball that has not lost when leading after seven innings, going 64-0. Oakland is also 28-12 in one-run games, the second-best mark in the majors behind Seattle.

MOVES

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas was recalled from Triple-A Nashville. Montas has started 11 games for the A's this season, going 5-4 with a 3.96 ERA.

Orioles: OF DJ Stewart had his contract selected from Triple-A Norfolk. His first appearance with the Orioles will be his major league debut. ... RHP Cody Carroll was recalled from Norfolk. He has allowed seven runs and eight hits with nine walks over nine innings with Baltimore this season. ... C Andrew Susac was reinstated from the restricted list.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea will have season-ending surgery on his left shoulder next week in Los Angeles. Manaea has been on the disabled list since Aug. 26. The 26-year-old Manaea went 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 160 2/3 innings this year.

Orioles: OF Mark Trumbo (right knee surgery) and RHP Pedro Araujo (right elbow sprain) were each transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Liam Hendriks (0-1, 6.32 ERA) is slated to make his third start of the season. He is expected to work an inning or two.

Orioles: Andrew Cashner (4-14, 4.89 ERA) is looking to stop a four-game losing streak. In his last outing, Cashner allowed three solo home runs in a 5-3 loss to the Mariners.

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  • W: M. Fiers (12-6)L: M. Wright (3-2)S: J. Familia (18)
  • HR: BAL - J. Villar (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Laureano CF50000011.277.355.511.866-0.5
M. Chapman 3B41110010.280.362.521.8833.5
J. Lowrie 2B21100210.274.362.464.8263.5
K. Davis DH40210021.250.329.545.8732.0
M. Olson 1B40000035.239.322.444.766-1.5
S. Piscotty RF40310000.269.328.488.8165.0
M. Semien SS40000005.259.323.385.7080.0
C. Pinder LF30000011.254.329.420.749-0.5
a- M. Joyce PH10000000.202.316.358.6730.0
M. Canha LF00000000.242.318.437.7550.0
J. Lucroy C31000100.241.292.323.6152.0
  • a-grounded out for Pinder in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Mullins CF30000121.250.333.417.7500.0
J. Villar SS41221012.271.332.405.7367.5
T. Mancini 1B40000021.238.297.405.702-1.0
A. Jones RF40200000.287.319.430.7484.0
C. Davis DH40000032.175.249.308.557-1.5
J. Rickard LF40000022.239.296.418.715-1.0
R. Nunez 3B30000001.237.306.376.6820.0
B. Valera 2B31100000.200.265.200.4654.0
C. Joseph C20100010.214.254.324.5770.5
a- C. Joseph PH10000001.083.154.083.2370.0
A. Wynns C00000000.259.286.395.6810.0
  • a-lined out for Joseph in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Chapman (38), S. Piscotty (39)
  • RBI - M. Chapman (60), K. Davis (109), S. Piscotty (75)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson 2 (2), M. Semien 4 (4), C. Pinder
BATTING
  • HR - J. Villar (13)
  • RBI - J. Villar 2 (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini, J. Rickard, R. Nunez
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Jones (6), B. Valera
FIELDING
  • DP - (Olson-Semien-Fiers)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fiers (W, 12-6)6.04111713.291.1625.5
F. Rodney (H, 4)1.00000203.201.414.0
L. Trivino (H, 23)1.02110102.181.090.5
J. Familia (S, 18)1.00000102.711.2110.5
PITCHERSIP
M. Fiers (W, 12-6)6.0
F. Rodney (H, 4)1.0
L. Trivino (H, 23)1.0
J. Familia (S, 18)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cobb2.01001204.901.415.0
M. Wright (L, 3-2)3.03332305.791.68-2.5
Y. Ramirez2.01000205.941.566.0
T. Scott1.02000205.671.542.0
M. Givens1.00000004.501.353.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Cobb2.0
M. Wright (L, 3-2)3.0
Y. Ramirez2.0
T. Scott1.0
M. Givens1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 84-56, F. Rodney 15-10, L. Trivino 14-10, J. Familia 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 5-5, F. Rodney 1-0, J. Familia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 22, F. Rodney 3, L. Trivino 5, J. Familia 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 30-16, M. Wright 56-31, Y. Ramirez 25-19, T. Scott 22-17, M. Givens 9-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 3-1, M. Wright 3-3, Y. Ramirez 1-3, T. Scott 1-0, M. Givens 3-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 8, M. Wright 14, Y. Ramirez 7, T. Scott 5, M. Givens 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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BAL41-103
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Laureano CF50000011.277.355.511.866-0.5
M. Chapman 3B41110010.280.362.521.8833.5
J. Lowrie 2B21100210.274.362.464.8263.5
K. Davis DH40210021.250.329.545.8732.0
M. Olson 1B40000035.239.322.444.766-1.5
S. Piscotty RF40310000.269.328.488.8165.0
M. Semien SS40000005.259.323.385.7080.0
C. Pinder LF30000011.254.329.420.749-0.5
a- M. Joyce PH10000000.202.316.358.6730.0
M. Canha LF00000000.242.318.437.7550.0
J. Lucroy C31000100.241.292.323.6152.0
Total3437303913-----
  • a-grounded out for Pinder in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Mullins CF30000121.250.333.417.7500.0
J. Villar SS41221012.271.332.405.7367.5
T. Mancini 1B40000021.238.297.405.702-1.0
A. Jones RF40200000.287.319.430.7484.0
C. Davis DH40000032.175.249.308.557-1.5
J. Rickard LF40000022.239.296.418.715-1.0
R. Nunez 3B30000001.237.306.376.6820.0
B. Valera 2B31100000.200.265.200.4654.0
C. Joseph C20100010.214.254.324.5770.5
a- C. Joseph PH10000001.083.154.083.2370.0
A. Wynns C00000000.259.286.395.6810.0
Total32262111110-----
  • a-lined out for Joseph in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Chapman (38), S. Piscotty (39)
  • RBI - M. Chapman (60), K. Davis (109), S. Piscotty (75)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson 2 (2), M. Semien 4 (4), C. Pinder
BATTING
  • HR - J. Villar (13)
  • RBI - J. Villar 2 (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Villar (19)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Mancini, J. Rickard, R. Nunez
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Jones (6), B. Valera
FIELDING
  • DP - (Olson-Semien-Fiers)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Fiers (W, 12-6)6.04111713.291.1625.5
F. Rodney (H, 4)1.00000203.201.414.0
L. Trivino (H, 23)1.02110102.181.090.5
J. Familia (S, 18)1.00000102.711.2110.5
Total9.06221111---
PITCHERSIP
M. Fiers (W, 12-6)6.0
F. Rodney (H, 4)1.0
L. Trivino (H, 23)1.0
J. Familia (S, 18)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Cobb2.01001204.901.415.0
M. Wright (L, 3-2)3.03332305.791.68-2.5
Y. Ramirez2.01000205.941.566.0
T. Scott1.02000205.671.542.0
M. Givens1.00000004.501.353.0
Total9.0733390---
PITCHERSIP
A. Cobb2.0
M. Wright (L, 3-2)3.0
Y. Ramirez2.0
T. Scott1.0
M. Givens1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 84-56, F. Rodney 15-10, L. Trivino 14-10, J. Familia 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 5-5, F. Rodney 1-0, J. Familia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 22, F. Rodney 3, L. Trivino 5, J. Familia 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Cobb 30-16, M. Wright 56-31, Y. Ramirez 25-19, T. Scott 22-17, M. Givens 9-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Cobb 3-1, M. Wright 3-3, Y. Ramirez 1-3, T. Scott 1-0, M. Givens 3-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Cobb 8, M. Wright 14, Y. Ramirez 7, T. Scott 5, M. Givens 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Villar singled to left, Valera scored32
  • 6TH INNING
    Villar homered to center31
  • 3RD INNING
    Piscotty singled to center, Lowrie scored, Davis to second30
    Davis singled to left, Chapman scored, Lowrie to second20
    Chapman doubled to deep right, Lucroy scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Austin Wynns catching
    • Mychal Givens relieved Tanner Scott
    • Matt Joyce hit for Chad Pinder
    • M. Joyce: Ball, Joyce grounded out to first
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Laureano grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jeurys Familia relieved Lou Trivino
    • Mark Canha in left field
    • A. Jones: Ball, Foul, Jones grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Davis popped out to third
    • J. Rickard: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tanner Scott relieved Yefry Ramirez
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Foul, Lowrie reached on an infield single to third
    • K. Davis: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • M. Olson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Olson struck out on foul tip
    • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Piscotty doubled to left, Lowrie to third
    • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Semien grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Lou Trivino relieved Fernando Rodney
    • B. Valera: Ball, Valera singled to center
    • Corban Joseph hit for Caleb Joseph
    • Co. Joseph: Strike looking, Joseph lined out to center
    • C. Mullins: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Mullins struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Ball, Strike swinging, Valera stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Villar singled to left, Valera scored
    • T. Mancini: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Mancini lined out to center
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Y. Ramirez Pitching:
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Laureano: Laureano lined out to shortstop
    • M. Chapman: Chapman popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Fernando Rodney relieved Mike Fiers
    • C. Davis: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • J. Rickard: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rickard struck out swinging
    • R. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Nunez grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Yefry Ramirez relieved Mike Wright
    • M. Olson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Piscotty reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Semien: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Semien popped out to shortstop
    • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fiers Pitching:
    • C. Mullins: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mullins struck out swinging
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Villar homered to center
    • T. Mancini: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
    • A. Jones: Strike looking, Jones grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Wright Pitching:
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking
    • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fiers Pitching:
    • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Nunez flied out to deep right
    • B. Valera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Valera grounded out to second
    • Ca. Joseph: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Wright Pitching:
    • C. Pinder: Foul, Pinder flied out to deep right
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to first
    • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Laureano fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fiers Pitching:
    • T. Mancini: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mancini struck out swinging
    • A. Jones: Jones singled to left
    • C. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • J. Rickard: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Rickard popped out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Mike Wright relieved Alex Cobb
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lucroy walked
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Laureano grounded out to pitcher, Lucroy to second
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Chapman doubled to deep right, Lucroy scored
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
    • K. Davis: Ball, Davis singled to left, Chapman scored, Lowrie to second
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty singled to center, Lowrie scored, Davis to second
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fiers Pitching:
    • B. Valera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valera flied out to shallow right
    • Ca. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Joseph singled to right
    • C. Mullins: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mullins walked, Joseph to second
    • J. Villar: Ball, Villar grounded out to shortstop, Mullins out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • S. Piscotty: Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Semien grounded out to third
    • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Pinder lined out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fiers Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Jones singled to right
    • C. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • J. Rickard: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones stole second, Rickard grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Nunez: Ball, Nunez popped out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Cobb Pitching:
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Laureano struck out looking
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
    • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
    • K. Davis: Davis singled to left center, Lowrie to second
    • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Olson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • M. Fiers Pitching:
    • C. Mullins: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mullins grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Villar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Villar struck out looking
    • T. Mancini: Foul, Foul, Mancini flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)