Montas helps Athletics win 14th straight against Tigers

DETROIT (AP) Frankie Montas will have to wait to get his first major league complete game. That was about the only downside to his performance Friday night.

Montas pitched two-run ball into the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Detroit Tigers for the 14th straight meeting with a 7-2 victory.

''Frankie begged me to let him pitch the ninth, and he deserved to get a chance,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''They only had two hits and he was under 100 pitches, so I told him I'd give him a shot on a short leash.''

Montas (5-2) pitched a career-best 8 2/3 innings, allowing four hits while striking out a career-high ten. Lou Trivino relieved and got the final out after Montas allowed an RBI double to Miguel Cabrera.

''I wanted to finish the game, but I am very happy with how I pitched tonight,'' he said. ''I just have to get one more out next time.''

Montas had struck out seven batters on three occasions, including his last start, but overpowered the Tigers with movement and velocity. His fastball reached 98 mph to go along with a splitter and slider.

''He threw the ball great,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''We hit a few balls right at people, but he pretty much shut us down. He's got a variety of pitches with that little splitter, his slider and the fastball.''

Chad Pinder and Mark Canha - the sixth and eighth hitters in the lineup - homered for the A's, and Khris Davis had three hits.

''It feels great to contribute to a win, especially at the bottom of the order,'' Pinder said. ''I think we're starting to build some momentum.''

Oakland's winning streak against Detroit is tied for the fifth-longest in franchise history, two short of a 16-game streak over the New York Yankees in 1989-91.

Daniel Norris (2-2) allowed six runs, seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings.

Detroit has lost the first five games of a 10-game homestand and been outscored 48-11 in the process.

''My objective was to give us a chance to win and stop the bleeding,'' Norris said. ''We have to find a way to win and not let these five games define our season.''

The Tigers didn't get a baserunner until Cabrera's leadoff double in the fifth.

''We have a team picture tomorrow, so we're still alive,'' Gardenhire said. ''We'll see how it goes, but I hope we'll be smiling.''

The A's took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Matt Chapman led off with a single, took second on Stephen Piscotty's base hit and moved up on Davis's fly ball to right. Oakland took advantage of Detroit's struggles turning double plays, as Matt Olson beat out shortstop Gordon Beckham's relay throw to get an RBI.

Canha made it 3-0 with a two-run homer in the fifth, but Josh Harrison's RBI double pulled the Tigers within two in the bottom of the inning.

The A's added three more runs in the sixth. Davis singled with one out in the sixth and scored when Olson's base hit to center skipped past JaCoby Jones for a two-base error. Pinder followed with a homer into the shrubbery beyond the center to make it 6-1.

Davis added an RBI single off Sandy Baez in the eighth.

Cabrera's ninth-inning double tied him with Lou Gehrig for 63rd place with 2,721 career hits.

''When he starts matching guys like Lou Gehrig, it tells you a little about his career,'' Gardenhire said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Jharel Cotton, who has been out since having Tommy John surgery in March 2018, was scheduled to start Friday night for Class A Stockton.

Tigers: 1B Niko Goodrum was a late scratch with flu-like symptoms. Beckham took his spot in the lineup, playing shortstop, while Ronny Rodriguez moved to first. ... Cabrera was the DH for the second straight day. He left Tuesday's game early with knee stiffness, then sat out Wednesday against Justin Verlander and the Astros.

THE LOSING CONTINUES

Detroit's 14-game skid against the A's is its longest against one team since dropping 14 straight to the Los Angeles Angels in 2002-03.

UP NEXT

The teams play the third of four games Saturday. Daniel Mengden (0-1, 6.75) starts for Oakland against Tigers lefty Matt Boyd (4-3, 3.15).

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  • W: F. Montas (5-2)L: D. Norris (2-2)
  • HR: OAK - M. Canha (5), C. Pinder (4)
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J. Profar 2B31000102.178.246.316.5612.0
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    C. Stewart LF40000031.185.277.407.684-1.5
    N. Castellanos RF40000011.256.305.421.726-0.5
    M. Cabrera DH41210010.290.358.361.7205.5
    R. Rodriguez 1B40000022.281.323.640.963-1.0
    J. Harrison 2B30110020.176.222.278.5002.0
    D. Lugo 3B20000000.167.286.667.9521.0
    J. Hicks C30000012.244.294.397.692-0.5
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      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Piscotty (9)
      • HR - C. Pinder (4), M. Canha (5)
      • RBI - K. Davis (29), M. Olson (4), C. Pinder 2 (14), M. Canha 2 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman, C. Pinder, J. Profar 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Cabrera 2 (8), J. Harrison (6)
      • RBI - M. Cabrera (16), J. Harrison (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Rodriguez, J. Jones 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lugo-Harrison-Rodriguez)
      • E - J. Jones (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Montas (W, 5-2)8.242201002.671.1333.0
      L. Trivino0.10000102.701.000.5
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Montas (W, 5-2)8.2
      L. Trivino0.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Norris (L, 2-2)5.17661224.501.43-3.0
      B. Farmer1.20001103.441.152.5
      S. Baez1.02110009.002.000.0
      S. Greene1.00001101.420.792.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Norris (L, 2-2)5.1
      B. Farmer1.2
      S. Baez1.0
      S. Greene1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - F. Montas (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Montas 109-73, L. Trivino 5-4
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Montas 13-3
      • Batters Faced - F. Montas 31, L. Trivino
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Norris (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 94-61, B. Farmer 24-15, S. Baez 10-8, S. Greene 21-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 7-7, B. Farmer 2-1, S. Baez 1-2, S. Greene 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Norris 24, B. Farmer 5, S. Baez 5, S. Greene 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      M. Chapman 3B51100002.263.356.521.8772.0
      S. Piscotty RF41200010.258.335.404.7393.5
      K. Davis DH41310002.250.321.507.8285.0
      M. Olson 1B41110003.217.294.435.7293.0
      C. Pinder LF41121003.270.315.443.7587.0
      J. Profar 2B31000102.178.246.316.5612.0
      M. Canha CF41121010.212.354.519.8736.5
      R. Laureano CF00000000.228.285.348.6330.0
      J. Phegley C30000120.287.319.500.8190.0
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        G. Beckham SS41100000.242.351.500.8512.0
        C. Stewart LF40000031.185.277.407.684-1.5
        N. Castellanos RF40000011.256.305.421.726-0.5
        M. Cabrera DH41210010.290.358.361.7205.5
        R. Rodriguez 1B40000022.281.323.640.963-1.0
        J. Harrison 2B30110020.176.222.278.5002.0
        D. Lugo 3B20000000.167.286.667.9521.0
        J. Hicks C30000012.244.294.397.692-0.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Piscotty (9)
          • HR - C. Pinder (4), M. Canha (5)
          • RBI - K. Davis (29), M. Olson (4), C. Pinder 2 (14), M. Canha 2 (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman, C. Pinder, J. Profar 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Cabrera 2 (8), J. Harrison (6)
          • RBI - M. Cabrera (16), J. Harrison (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Cabrera (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Rodriguez, J. Jones 2 (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Lugo-Harrison-Rodriguez)
          • E - J. Jones (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Montas (W, 5-2)8.242201002.671.1333.0
          L. Trivino0.10000102.701.000.5
          Total9.04220110---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Montas (W, 5-2)8.2
          L. Trivino0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Norris (L, 2-2)5.17661224.501.43-3.0
          B. Farmer1.20001103.441.152.5
          S. Baez1.02110009.002.000.0
          S. Greene1.00001101.420.792.5
          Total9.0977342---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Norris (L, 2-2)5.1
          B. Farmer1.2
          S. Baez1.0
          S. Greene1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - F. Montas (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Montas 109-73, L. Trivino 5-4
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Montas 13-3
          • Batters Faced - F. Montas 31, L. Trivino
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Norris (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Norris 94-61, B. Farmer 24-15, S. Baez 10-8, S. Greene 21-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Norris 7-7, B. Farmer 2-1, S. Baez 1-2, S. Greene 1-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Norris 24, B. Farmer 5, S. Baez 5, S. Greene 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Cabrera doubled to right center, Beckham scored72
          • 8TH INNING
            Davis singled to center, Piscotty scored71
          • 6TH INNING
            Pinder homered to center, Olson scored61
            Olson singled to center, Davis scored, Olson to third on center fielder Jones fielding error41
          • 5TH INNING
            Harrison doubled to deep left, Cabrera scored31
            Canha homered to right, Profar scored30
          • 4TH INNING
            Olson reached on fielder's choice to second, Chapman scored, Piscotty out at second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Shane Greene relieved Sandy Baez
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Canha grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Phegley struck out looking
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien walked
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Chapman flied out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ramon Laureano in center field
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Beckham singled to left
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Stewart struck out looking
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Castellanos grounded out to third, Beckham to second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera doubled to right center, Beckham scored
            • Lou Trivino relieved Frankie Montas
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Sandy Baez relieved Buck Farmer
            • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Piscotty doubled to left center
            • K. Davis: Davis singled to center, Piscotty scored
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Olson flied out to center
            • C. Pinder: Pinder grounded out to shortstop, Davis to second
            • J. Profar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Profar popped out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Ball, Strike swinging, Lugo grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Hicks: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Farmer Pitching:
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Phegley walked
            • M. Semien: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Phegley out at second
            • M. Chapman: Chapman grounded into double play third to second to first, Semien out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Cabrera lined out to right
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Harrison struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty flied out to right
            • K. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Davis singled to center
            • M. Olson: Ball, Olson singled to center, Davis scored, Olson to third on center fielder Jones fielding error
            • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pinder homered to center, Olson scored
            • Buck Farmer relieved Daniel Norris
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Profar flied out to deep center
            • M. Canha: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • G. Beckham: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Beckham grounded out to third
            • C. Stewart: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Castellanos flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Profar walked
            • M. Canha: Ball, Canha homered to right, Profar scored
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Phegley grounded out to third
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Semien flied out to center
            • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman lined out to right
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera doubled to left
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to third
            • J. Harrison: Foul, Ball, Foul, Harrison doubled to deep left, Cabrera scored
            • D. Lugo: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lugo hit by pitch
            • J. Hicks: Ball, Hicks reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Harrison to third, Lugo out at second
            • J. Jones: Jones reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Hicks out at second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Foul, Chapman singled to center
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Piscotty singled to right, Chapman to second
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis flied out to deep right, Chapman to third
            • M. Olson: Foul, Olson reached on fielder's choice to second, Chapman scored, Piscotty out at second
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pinder reached on fielder's choice to third, Olson out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Beckham grounded out to third
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Stewart grounded out to first
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos grounded out to third
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Canha: Foul, Foul, Canha flied out to left
            • J. Phegley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Phegley struck out swinging
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Semien grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Lugo grounded out to second
            • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hicks grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Jones grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Davis singled to right
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Davis to second on wild pitch, Ball, Olson grounded out to first, Davis to third
            • C. Pinder: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder grounded out to third
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Profar fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Rodriguez flied out to center
            • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Harrison struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Norris Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Semien grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Chapman flied out to right
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Beckham grounded out to third
            • C. Stewart: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)