Pinder's two-out single in 9th lifts A's past Rangers 6-5

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) With an impressive diving catch and the first game-ending hit of his career, Chad Pinder is making a strong case for more playing time.

It's a point that Oakland manager Bob Melvin is finding increasingly difficult to argue.

Pinder's two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted the Athletics to a 6-5 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

''He contributes. He gets big hits, he does timely things,'' Melvin said. ''You feel good about him at the plate in that at-bat. He's not going to try to do too much. Smart player on top of everything.''

Stephen Piscotty singled with one out off Chris Martin (1-1) and then stole second base. After Khris Davis flew out, Pinder looped a soft hit into right field. Piscotty slid into home plate to beat a wide throw home from Nomar Mazara as the A's dugout emptied, mobbing Pinder near first base.

Pinder had struck out swinging in his previous two at-bats.

''I'm just trying to stay short and put a good swing on a pitch that I could handle,'' Pinder said. ''My previous two at-bats were kind of expanded and put myself in a hole. I was lucky to be able to get a pitch that I could handle.''

Until then Pinder's best moment came when he made a diving catch to rob Shin-Soo Choo of a hit leading off the fifth and preserve a 3-3 tie.

''If that ball drops, who knows?,'' A's starter Aaron Brooks said. ''If he leaves his feet it could have been a double. Then that's totally a different game. That was huge.''

The game was delayed for several moments in the ninth after Delino DeShields grounded into an inning-ending double play. Rangers manager Chris Woodward came out and engaged all four umpires in a lengthy discussion as his players remained in the dugout.

Replays appeared to show that A's second baseman Profar came off the bag before receiving the throw from Semien, but Woodward did not ask for a challenge in time.

''I guess if you don't put it up right away they have the authority to not let you challenge, and that's kind of what happened,'' Woodward said. ''My argument was that it's too important in the ninth inning of a tie game and the potential of (Hunter Pence) being safe at second base is too important. They wouldn't do it.''

Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien homered to help the A's complete a three-game sweep. Nick Hundley had two hits and Jurickson Profar added an RBI single to snap an 0-for-17 funk.

Mazara homered twice for Texas and Logan Forsythe also went deep as the Rangers fell to 2-7 on the road.

Blake Treinen (1-1) retired three batters and got a big double play in the ninth to earn the win.

Texas' Kyle Dowdy lasted three innings in his first career start. He gave up three runs with three walks and two strikeouts.

FOR STARTERS

Brooks allowed three runs in five innings and pitched around a pair of home runs in an outing that left Melvin mostly pleased. ''Got off to a little bit of a slow start . but at the end of the day he comes out after five and he ends up leaving with the lead,'' Melvin said. ''Maybe not his best outing but kept us in the game.''

PISCOTTY REACHES 500

Piscotty scored the winning run on a day he achieved two other milestones. His single in the fifth inning extended his hitting streak against Texas to 17, while the game marked the 500th of Piscotty's career.

TRAINERS ROOM

Rangers: 2B Rougned Odor has started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville. Odor has been on the injured list since April 11 with a right knee sprain. ... 1B Ronald Guzman (right hamstring strain) flew to Arizona for extended spring training.

Athletics: Matt Olson is getting closer to returning after undergoing right hand surgery in late March. The first baseman has been hitting soft toss in the batting cage and could begin a rehab assignment next week. ... Top pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo played catch for the first time since being shut down with a muscle strain in his left shoulder.

UP NEXT

Rangers: LHP Taylor Hearn was called up from Triple-A Nashville and will make his first major league start Thursday against Seattle. To make room, RHP Wei-chieh Huang was optioned to Nashville.

Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (2-2, 8.28) faces the Blue Jays in Toronto on Friday. Fiers' ERA is the second-highest in the majors among pitchers with 20 or more innings.

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TEX12-11
011101100570
OAK14-13
0300200016110
  • W: B. Treinen (1-1)L: C. Martin (0-2)
  • HR: TEX - L. Forsythe (2), N. Mazara 2 (4), OAK - M. Semien (4), M. Chapman (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo LF40100002.304.409.519.9281.0
D. Santana 2B40100020.325.341.575.9160.0
J. Gallo DH40000032.284.393.6891.082-1.5
N. Mazara RF42222012.219.305.452.75711.5
A. Cabrera 3B40000012.240.301.507.808-0.5
L. Forsythe SS32211110.228.338.404.7429.5
P. Wisdom 1B40000032.130.167.174.341-1.5
J. Mathis C21010100.154.214.231.4453.0
a- H. Pence PH00000100.297.341.486.8281.0
I. Kiner-Falefa C00000000.250.372.306.6780.0
D. DeShields CF30100002.213.351.344.6962.0
  • a-walked for Mathis in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS51231013.311.379.505.8848.5
M. Chapman 3B51111011.311.407.6331.0415.5
S. Piscotty RF42200100.294.360.480.8407.0
K. Davis DH40000103.232.290.545.8351.0
C. Pinder LF50210024.320.342.507.8482.0
M. Canha 1B30000112.222.408.417.8250.5
J. Profar 2B31110112.172.220.290.5103.5
R. Laureano CF30100111.233.296.367.6632.5
N. Hundley C31200003.171.194.171.3662.0
a- K. Morales PH00000100.186.310.254.5641.0
J. Phegley C00000000.263.288.491.7790.0
  • a-walked for Hundley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Forsythe (4), D. DeShields (3)
  • HR - N. Mazara 2 (4), L. Forsythe (2)
  • SH - D. DeShields (2)
  • RBI - N. Mazara 2 (15), L. Forsythe (7), J. Mathis (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, A. Cabrera 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Laureano (3)
  • HR - M. Semien (4), M. Chapman (8)
  • RBI - M. Semien 3 (16), M. Chapman (18), C. Pinder (11), J. Profar (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Semien 3 (9), C. Pinder (5), J. Profar (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Pinder 2 (2), J. Profar 2 (2), N. Hundley 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Piscotty
  • CS - N. Hundley
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. DeShields
  • DP - 2 (Mathis-Forsythe; DeShields-Forsythe)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Semien-Profar-Canha)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Dowdy3.04333214.731.500.0
J. Chavez2.04222419.261.970.0
A. Sampson3.01001104.711.527.5
C. Martin (L, 0-2)0.22110005.401.44-8.0
PITCHERSIP
K. Dowdy3.0
J. Chavez2.0
A. Sampson3.0
C. Martin (L, 0-2)0.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Brooks5.06330725.331.229.5
Y. Petit (H, 1)1.01110211.840.682.0
J. Soria (BS, 2)1.00111107.301.621.5
J. Wendelken1.00000003.860.803.0
B. Treinen (W, 1-1)1.00002100.681.208.5
PITCHERSIP
A. Brooks5.0
Y. Petit (H, 1)1.0
J. Soria (BS, 2)1.0
J. Wendelken1.0
B. Treinen (W, 1-1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Dowdy 66-41, J. Chavez 46-27, A. Sampson 41-26, C. Martin 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Dowdy 1-6, C. Martin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Dowdy 16, J. Chavez 11, A. Sampson 10, C. Martin 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Soria (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Brooks 94-59, Y. Petit 17-10, J. Soria 15-9, J. Wendelken 10-6, B. Treinen 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Brooks 4-4, Y. Petit 1-0, J. Soria 2-0, J. Wendelken 1-2, B. Treinen 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Brooks 21, Y. Petit 4, J. Soria 4, J. Wendelken 3, B. Treinen 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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TEX12-11
011101100570
OAK14-13
0300200016110
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
S. Choo LF40100002.304.409.519.9281.0
D. Santana 2B40100020.325.341.575.9160.0
J. Gallo DH40000032.284.393.6891.082-1.5
N. Mazara RF42222012.219.305.452.75711.5
A. Cabrera 3B40000012.240.301.507.808-0.5
L. Forsythe SS32211110.228.338.404.7429.5
P. Wisdom 1B40000032.130.167.174.341-1.5
J. Mathis C21010100.154.214.231.4453.0
a- H. Pence PH00000100.297.341.486.8281.0
I. Kiner-Falefa C00000000.250.372.306.6780.0
D. DeShields CF30100002.213.351.344.6962.0
Total32574331112-----
  • a-walked for Mathis in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS51231013.311.379.505.8848.5
M. Chapman 3B51111011.311.407.6331.0415.5
S. Piscotty RF42200100.294.360.480.8407.0
K. Davis DH40000103.232.290.545.8351.0
C. Pinder LF50210024.320.342.507.8482.0
M. Canha 1B30000112.222.408.417.8250.5
J. Profar 2B31110112.172.220.290.5103.5
R. Laureano CF30100111.233.296.367.6632.5
N. Hundley C31200003.171.194.171.3662.0
a- K. Morales PH00000100.186.310.254.5641.0
J. Phegley C00000000.263.288.491.7790.0
Total35611626719-----
  • a-walked for Hundley in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Forsythe (4), D. DeShields (3)
  • HR - N. Mazara 2 (4), L. Forsythe (2)
  • SH - D. DeShields (2)
  • RBI - N. Mazara 2 (15), L. Forsythe (7), J. Mathis (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Mazara (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Choo, A. Cabrera 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - R. Laureano (3)
  • HR - M. Semien (4), M. Chapman (8)
  • RBI - M. Semien 3 (16), M. Chapman (18), C. Pinder (11), J. Profar (11)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Semien 3 (9), C. Pinder (5), J. Profar (5)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Pinder 2 (2), J. Profar 2 (2), N. Hundley 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - S. Piscotty
  • CS - N. Hundley
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - D. DeShields
  • DP - 2 (Mathis-Forsythe; DeShields-Forsythe)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Semien-Profar-Canha)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
K. Dowdy3.04333214.731.500.0
J. Chavez2.04222419.261.970.0
A. Sampson3.01001104.711.527.5
C. Martin (L, 0-2)0.22110005.401.44-8.0
Total8.21166672---
PITCHERSIP
K. Dowdy3.0
J. Chavez2.0
A. Sampson3.0
C. Martin (L, 0-2)0.2
Total8.2
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Brooks5.06330725.331.229.5
Y. Petit (H, 1)1.01110211.840.682.0
J. Soria (BS, 2)1.00111107.301.621.5
J. Wendelken1.00000003.860.803.0
B. Treinen (W, 1-1)1.00002100.681.208.5
Total9.07553113---
PITCHERSIP
A. Brooks5.0
Y. Petit (H, 1)1.0
J. Soria (BS, 2)1.0
J. Wendelken1.0
B. Treinen (W, 1-1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - K. Dowdy 66-41, J. Chavez 46-27, A. Sampson 41-26, C. Martin 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Dowdy 1-6, C. Martin 1-1
  • Batters Faced - K. Dowdy 16, J. Chavez 11, A. Sampson 10, C. Martin 4
PITCHING
  • WP - J. Soria (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Brooks 94-59, Y. Petit 17-10, J. Soria 15-9, J. Wendelken 10-6, B. Treinen 22-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Brooks 4-4, Y. Petit 1-0, J. Soria 2-0, J. Wendelken 1-2, B. Treinen 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Brooks 21, Y. Petit 4, J. Soria 4, J. Wendelken 3, B. Treinen 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Pinder singled to right, Piscotty scored56
  • 7TH INNING
    Mathis scored on wild pitch55
  • 6TH INNING
    Mazara homered to left45
  • 5TH INNING
    Profar singled to right center, Piscotty scored, Davis to second35
    Chapman homered to right34
  • 4TH INNING
    Forsythe homered to left center33
  • 3RD INNING
    Mazara homered to left center23
  • 2ND INNING
    Semien homered to left, Profar and Hundley scored13
    Mathis grounded out to second, Forsythe scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Blake Treinen relieved J.B. Wendelken
    • Josh Phegley catching
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Forsythe walked
    • P. Wisdom: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wisdom struck out swinging
    • Hunter Pence hit for Jeff Mathis
    • H. Pence: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pence walked, Forsythe to second
    • D. DeShields: DeShields grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Pence out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Martin relieved Adrian Sampson
    • Isiah Kiner-Falefa catching
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Piscotty: Foul, Ball, Piscotty singled to center
    • K. Davis: Ball, Davis flied out to right
    • C. Pinder: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Piscotty stole second, Pinder singled to right, Piscotty scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • J.B. Wendelken relieved Joakim Soria
    • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo flied out to deep center
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara grounded out to second
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera flied out to left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sampson Pitching:
    • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Profar lined out to second
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Laureano doubled to deep left
    • Kendrys Morales hit for Nick Hundley
    • K. Morales: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien flied into double play center to shortstop, Laureano out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Joakim Soria relieved Yusmeiro Petit
    • J. Mathis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Mathis walked
    • D. DeShields: DeShields hit sacrifice bunt to first, Mathis to second
    • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Choo grounded out to second, Mathis to third
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Mathis scored on wild pitch, Foul tip, Santana struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Sampson Pitching:
    • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Davis flied out to deep left
    • C. Pinder: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
    • M. Canha: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Canha popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Aaron Brooks
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Foul, Ball, Mazara homered to left
    • A. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Forsythe struck out looking
    • P. Wisdom: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wisdom struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Adrian Sampson relieved Jesse Chavez
    • M. Semien: Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien lined out to center
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Chapman fouled out to catcher
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Ball, Piscotty flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Brooks Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Choo flied out to left
    • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Ball, Santana grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chavez Pitching:
    • M. Chapman: Foul, Chapman homered to right
    • S. Piscotty: Piscotty singled to deep left
    • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked, Piscotty to second
    • C. Pinder: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pinder struck out looking
    • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Canha struck out looking
    • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Profar singled to right center, Piscotty scored, Davis to second
    • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Laureano walked, Davis to third, Profar to second
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hundley popped out to second
    • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • A. Brooks Pitching:
    • L. Forsythe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Forsythe homered to left center
    • P. Wisdom: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Wisdom struck out on foul tip
    • J. Mathis: Strike swinging, Mathis flied out to center
    • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Foul, DeShields flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jesse Chavez relieved Kyle Dowdy
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Laureano struck out on foul tip
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Foul, Hundley singled to left
    • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hundley caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • A. Brooks Pitching:
    • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara homered to left center
    • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Cabrera struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • K. Dowdy Pitching:
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Piscotty flied out to right
    • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis flied out to deep left
    • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder singled to right
    • M. Canha: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Canha walked, Pinder to second
    • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • A. Brooks Pitching:
    • L. Forsythe: Ball, Ball, Foul, Forsythe doubled to left center
    • P. Wisdom: Ball, Foul, Wisdom lined out to right, Forsythe to third
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Mathis grounded out to second, Forsythe scored
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, DeShields doubled to deep right center
    • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Dowdy Pitching:
    • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Canha fouled out to first
    • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Profar walked
    • R. Laureano: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Laureano lined out to center
    • N. Hundley: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Hundley singled to center, Profar to second
    • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Semien homered to left, Profar and Hundley scored
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chapman flied out to deep left
    • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • A. Brooks Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Choo singled to center
    • D. Santana: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Santana singled to right center, Choo to second
    • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Gallo struck out looking
    • N. Mazara: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • K. Dowdy Pitching:
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Semien singled to center
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
    • S. Piscotty: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Piscotty walked, Semien to second
    • K. Davis: Davis lined out to right
    • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Foul, Pinder hit into double play shortstop to second, Piscotty out at second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)