Piscotty's 3 RBIs lead A's over Rangers, end 3-game skid

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Athletics found their winning formula again: Grab an early lead, the starters keep them in the game, and then allow the deep bullpen to handle the rest.

Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in three runs to back Chris Bassitt's winning season debut, and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 6-1 Monday night to end a three-game losing streak.

''Piscotty is absurd defensively some days and he's absurd offensively some days and it's like not so much if he's going to step up, it's going to be how,'' Bassitt said. ''We have a team here, the starters just give this team a chance and we have really good odds to win.''

Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left in the seventh inning as a precaution after being hit by a pitch in the first and bruising his right hand. X-rays were negative.

''Just a hand contusion that was swelling up late in the game,'' manager Chris Woodward said. ''It was hard for him to hold the bat. It was going to be difficult to have an at-bat at that point.''

Bassitt (1-0), called up from Triple-A Las Vegas last week and as healthy as he has been since before Tommy John surgery three years ago, struck out seven and walked four over five innings while regularly working out of trouble. He allowed two hits and has won his last three decisions dating to last season.

''To say that this is the best I've felt would be an understatement,'' he said.

Matt Chapman added a sacrifice fly in the third as the A's built on their lead after Piscotty's solo drive in the second. Pisctotty added a sacrifice fly and RBI single - and his 15-game hitting streak against the Rangers matches Geronimo Berroa in 1995-96 for the longest against Texas in A's history.

Fernando Rodney pitched the ninth for his 907th career appearance, moving him past Cy Young for 24th on baseball's career list.

''Fernando Rodney broke Cy Young's record, pretty cool stuff,'' manager Bob Melvin said.

Oakland bounced back from a weekend sweep at home by the Blue Jays.

The Rangers couldn't capitalize on their chances for Mike Minor (2-2), who gave up four runs and four hits, struck out four and walked three in six innings.

Texas had won two in a row.

The Rangers stranded baserunners in the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings before pinch-hitter Patrick Wisdom's RBI double in the seventh.

Announced attendance was a dismal 8,073 - Oakland's lowest crowd of the year.

ECO-CONCIOUS ANTHEM

Former A's left-hander Barry Zito, the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner, sang the national anthem acapella from a broadcast booth after asking everyone in the ballpark to join in on a night much of the power - mics, LED signage, speakers and video screen - was briefly turned off to bring awareness to saving energy.

Zito is now a musician living in Nashville with his wife and two sons. A native Californian, Zito has teamed with Energy Upgrade California to do his part to be environmentally conscious. He now has a land line at home and turns off his cell phone at night.

''You hear about energy conservation but when you look at the sheer numbers of what's going on and how many millions of people live in California, if we're just doing little things like changing a couple light bulbs to LEDs or changing the filters on your HVAC vents, which I'm just learning how to do now as a man of the house every couple months, it just cuts down,'' Zito said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: The Rangers are getting closer to having a healthy infield. Both 2B Rougned Odor (sprained right knee) and 1B Ronald Guzman (strained right hamstring) were scheduled to take live batting practice Tuesday, then at least Odor is set to join Triple-A Iowa in time to play a rehab game Wednesday - then join the Rangers on Friday or Saturday in Seattle. Guzman will stay a little bit longer with Iowa and could be back with Texas as soon as Tuesday at home against the Pirates.

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson could make his next start after spraining his left ankle Sunday. ... 1B Matt Olson (right hand surgery) did baseball activities on the field, including soft-toss swings and agility work. He will take batting practice in the coming days and could begin a rehab assignment next week. ... RHP Lou Trivino was playing catch Sunday when the glare from the outfield seats got in his way and a ball hit him in the right thumb. The thumb was bandaged Monday and he wasn't expected to pitch the series opener, listed as day to day. ... Oakland recalled RHP Ryan Dull from Las Vegas and optioned LHP Ryan Buchter to Triple-A.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Lance Lynn (2-1, 4.44 ERA) looks to win his third straight start, going on an extra day of rest.

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (3-1, 2.70), who has given up just three hits in three of his four starts, doesn't have a decision in four previous appearances vs. Texas.

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  • W: C. Bassitt (1-0)L: M. Minor (2-2)
  • HR: OAK - S. Piscotty (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Gallo LF20000220.273.388.7121.1001.0
A. Cabrera 3B40100012.239.307.537.8440.5
L. Forsythe 1B-SS40000033.216.333.333.667-1.5
J. Mathis C31100110.162.205.243.4482.5
D. DeShields CF30000113.207.352.328.6800.5
  • a-doubled for Andrus in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS40000001.309.377.479.8560.0
M. Canha 1B40100000.242.422.455.8771.0
M. Chapman 3B11110200.313.398.590.9885.0
K. Davis DH32000113.244.299.589.8882.5
C. Pinder LF41210010.308.333.523.8564.5
S. Piscotty RF31231000.258.327.441.7689.0
R. Laureano CF40000022.217.270.337.607-1.0
J. Profar 2B30000000.167.208.289.4970.0
J. Phegley C31100010.269.296.500.7962.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Choo (10), P. Wisdom
    • RBI - P. Wisdom
    • 2-Out RBI - P. Wisdom
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana, E. Andrus 2 (2), N. Mazara 2 (2), L. Forsythe 2 (2), D. DeShields 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Pinder (5), J. Phegley (3)
    • HR - S. Piscotty (4)
    • SF - M. Chapman (2), S. Piscotty
    • RBI - M. Chapman (16), C. Pinder (9), S. Piscotty 3 (14)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty (7)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Davis 2 (2), R. Laureano 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - S. Choo (2), D. Santana (4)
    FIELDING
    • E - D. DeShields
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Profar-Semien-Canha)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Minor (L, 2-2)6.04443413.210.984.0
    J. Gomez2.03210106.481.922.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Minor (L, 2-2)6.0
    J. Gomez2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Bassitt (W, 1-0)5.02004700.001.2019.5
    R. Dull (H, 1)1.131102018.003.000.0
    J. Wendelken (H, 1)0.21000004.110.85-1.0
    J. Soria (H, 4)1.00000207.151.684.0
    F. Rodney1.00001207.201.903.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Bassitt (W, 1-0)5.0
    R. Dull (H, 1)1.1
    J. Wendelken (H, 1)0.2
    J. Soria (H, 4)1.0
    F. Rodney1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 99-59, J. Gomez 26-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 5-9, J. Gomez 3-2
    • Batters Faced - M. Minor 25, J. Gomez 9
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Bassitt
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bassitt 92-54, R. Dull 26-17, J. Wendelken 10-7, J. Soria 14-10, F. Rodney 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bassitt 4-3, J. Wendelken 1-1, J. Soria 1-0
    • Batters Faced - C. Bassitt 21, R. Dull 7, J. Wendelken 3, J. Soria 3, F. Rodney 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH40200111.329.440.5711.0125.5
    D. Santana 2B50100024.290.313.516.8292.0
    E. Andrus SS20000022.354.404.561.9650.0
    a- P. Wisdom PH-1B10110000.158.200.211.4113.0
    N. Mazara RF40000004.188.288.344.6310.0
    J. Gallo LF20000220.273.388.7121.1001.0
    A. Cabrera 3B40100012.239.307.537.8440.5
    L. Forsythe 1B-SS40000033.216.333.333.667-1.5
    J. Mathis C31100110.162.205.243.4482.5
    D. DeShields CF30000113.207.352.328.6800.5
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    HITTERSAB
    S. Choo DH4
    D. Santana 2B5
    E. Andrus SS2
    a- P. Wisdom PH-1B1
    N. Mazara RF4
    J. Gallo LF2
    A. Cabrera 3B4
    L. Forsythe 1B-SS4
    J. Mathis C3
    D. DeShields CF3
    Total32
    • a-doubled for Andrus in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS40000001.309.377.479.8560.0
    M. Canha 1B40100000.242.422.455.8771.0
    M. Chapman 3B11110200.313.398.590.9885.0
    K. Davis DH32000113.244.299.589.8882.5
    C. Pinder LF41210010.308.333.523.8564.5
    S. Piscotty RF31231000.258.327.441.7689.0
    R. Laureano CF40000022.217.270.337.607-1.0
    J. Profar 2B30000000.167.208.289.4970.0
    J. Phegley C31100010.269.296.500.7962.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Choo (10), P. Wisdom
      • RBI - P. Wisdom
      • 2-Out RBI - P. Wisdom
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Santana, E. Andrus 2 (2), N. Mazara 2 (2), L. Forsythe 2 (2), D. DeShields 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Pinder (5), J. Phegley (3)
      • HR - S. Piscotty (4)
      • SF - M. Chapman (2), S. Piscotty
      • RBI - M. Chapman (16), C. Pinder (9), S. Piscotty 3 (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty (7)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Davis 2 (2), R. Laureano 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - S. Choo (2), D. Santana (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. DeShields
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Profar-Semien-Canha)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (L, 2-2)6.04443413.210.984.0
      J. Gomez2.03210106.481.922.5
      Total8.0765351---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (L, 2-2)6.0
      J. Gomez2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Bassitt (W, 1-0)5.02004700.001.2019.5
      R. Dull (H, 1)1.131102018.003.000.0
      J. Wendelken (H, 1)0.21000004.110.85-1.0
      J. Soria (H, 4)1.00000207.151.684.0
      F. Rodney1.00001207.201.903.0
      Total9.06115130---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Bassitt (W, 1-0)5.0
      R. Dull (H, 1)1.1
      J. Wendelken (H, 1)0.2
      J. Soria (H, 4)1.0
      F. Rodney1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 99-59, J. Gomez 26-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 5-9, J. Gomez 3-2
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 25, J. Gomez 9
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Bassitt
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bassitt 92-54, R. Dull 26-17, J. Wendelken 10-7, J. Soria 14-10, F. Rodney 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bassitt 4-3, J. Wendelken 1-1, J. Soria 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Bassitt 21, R. Dull 7, J. Wendelken 3, J. Soria 3, F. Rodney 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Piscotty singled to right center, Davis and Pinder scored, Piscotty to second on center fielder DeShields fielding error16
      • 7TH INNING
        Wisdom doubled to deep left, Mathis scored, Choo to third14
      • 6TH INNING
        Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to center, Davis scored, Pinder to third04
        Pinder doubled to deep left, Chapman scored, Davis to third03
      • 3RD INNING
        Chapman hit sacrifice fly to right, Phegley scored02
      • 2ND INNING
        Piscotty homered to left center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Joakim Soria
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Mathis struck out looking
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, DeShields walked
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo flied out to deep left
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Joakim Soria relieved J.B. Wendelken
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Gomez Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Canha grounded out to second
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Chapman singled to left center
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis reached on fielder's choice to third, Chapman out at second
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Pinder singled to left, Davis to second
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty singled to right center, Davis and Pinder scored, Piscotty to second on center fielder DeShields fielding error
        • R. Laureano: Laureano grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • R. Dull Pitching:
        • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Mathis reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, DeShields flied out to center
        • S. Choo: Choo singled to center, Mathis to second
        • J.B. Wendelken relieved Ryan Dull
        • D. Santana: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Santana lined out to center, Mathis to third
        • Patrick Wisdom hit for Elvis Andrus
        • P. Wisdom: Ball, Wisdom doubled to deep left, Mathis scored, Choo to third
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jeanmar Gomez relieved Mike Minor
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Profar lined out to left
        • J. Phegley: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Phegley struck out looking
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien popped out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Ryan Dull relieved Chris Bassitt
        • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara lined out to right
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
        • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left center
        • L. Forsythe: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Canha fouled out to shortstop
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman walked
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis walked, Chapman to second
        • C. Pinder: Pinder doubled to deep left, Chapman scored, Davis to third
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to center, Davis scored, Pinder to third
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Laureano grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Ball, Mathis grounded out to shortstop
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
        • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Choo walked
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Santana singled to shallow left, Choo to second
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Choo stole third Santana stole second,, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Profar grounded out to second
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Phegley fouled out to catcher
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Semien flied out to right
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Mazara flied out to deep right
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gallo walked
        • A. Cabrera: Cabrera popped out to third
        • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Forsythe struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty lined out to shortstop
        • R. Laureano: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Laureano struck out looking
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
        • D. Santana: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Santana grounded out to second
        • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Andrus struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • J. Phegley: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Phegley doubled to deep left
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Semien grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Canha singled to left, Phegley to third
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Chapman hit sacrifice fly to right, Phegley scored
        • K. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Davis lined out to right
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
        • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • L. Forsythe: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Forsythe lined out to second
        • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mathis walked, Gallo to second
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Pinder grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty homered to left center
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Laureano struck out looking
        • J. Profar: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Profar fouled out to right
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Bassitt Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choo doubled to deep left
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Andrus hit by pitch
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Mazara grounded out to shortstop, Andrus out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Canha lined out to right
        • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)