A's make it 15 straight over Tigers with 4-1 victory

DETROIT (AP) Once he made it through the first inning, it was smooth sailing for Daniel Mengden.

Mengden pitched seven impressive innings and Nick Hundley and Chad Pinder homered to lift the Oakland Athletics to their 15th straight win over Detroit, 4-1 on Saturday. If the A's beat the Tigers on Sunday, they would tie a franchise record for their longest winning streak against one team. Oakland won 16 in a row over the New York Yankees from 1989-91.

Mengden (1-1) allowed a run and three hits. He walked Nicholas Castellanos and Miguel Cabrera in the first but got out of that jam. Those were the only free passes he issued all day.

''Those two walks I had - Miguel Cabrera and Castellanos are the two best hitters, so I was trying to make good pitches to them,'' said Mengden, who struck out five. ''Besides that, it was all about getting strike one, being the aggressor.''

Lou Trivino worked the eighth inning for Oakland, and Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.

Matthew Boyd (4-4) allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings for the Tigers, who have dropped six straight. Boyd struck out eight.

Making his 100th career appearance, Boyd retired his first seven batters before allowing a single to Jurickson Profar, the first of three hits for the Oakland infielder. Hundley followed with his first home run of the season, which barely cleared the wall in right field.

''You never know what run is going to win or lose you a ballgame,'' Boyd said. ''You really can't put much thought into what's going on with the offense. You want to throw zeros as often as you can.''

The only run for Detroit came in the fourth, when - with two outs and two strikes - Mengden threw a wild pitch that enabled Ronny Rodriguez to score from third.

Profar hit an RBI double in the fifth to make it 3-1, and Pinder added a solo homer in the seventh.

Mengden allowed 15 of his 58 runs in the first inning last season, and he yielded two runs in the first inning of his previous start. This time, he worked through those two early walks.

''When he came back after the first inning, understood he's got to throw strikes,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''He's got good stuff, he can mix his pitches really well. He's a true four-pitch guy.''

MILESTONE

The Tigers have not had the lead at any point during this losing streak. They did have a nice moment Saturday, when Cabrera singled in the ninth, breaking a tie with Lou Gehrig for 63rd place on the career hits list. Cabrera, who now has 2,722, was removed for a pinch runner and got a warm ovation from the crowd.

''I can accept that game - not the loss, but I can accept that game,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''The intensity, the way we played. We were into it, really into it. They were getting after it and they had confidence. We have to keep playing like that and good things will happen.''

SPLITS

The A's improved to 10-5 when an opponent starts a left-handed pitcher this year. They are 12-20 when facing righties.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: Khris Davis had the day off. The Oakland slugger returned last weekend from a bruised left hip. He'd played in five straight games since then.

Tigers: Niko Goodrum, who was scratched Friday with flu-like symptoms, was out of the lineup again.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Oakland goes for the four-game sweep Sunday, with Mike Fiers (3-3) on the mound. Fiers spent much of 2018 with Detroit before being traded to the A's in August.

Tigers: Gregory Soto (0-2) starts for Detroit.

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  • W: D. Mengden (1-1)L: M. Boyd (4-4)S: B. Treinen (7)
  • HR: OAK - N. Hundley (1), C. Pinder (5)
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      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Profar (5)
      • HR - C. Pinder (5), N. Hundley
      • RBI - C. Pinder (15), J. Profar (24), N. Hundley 2 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Semien 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Rodriguez (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Lugo, N. Castellanos 2 (2), R. Rodriguez 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Grossman (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Olson-Semien)
      • E - L. Trivino
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Harrison-Rodriguez-Cabrera)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Mengden (W, 1-1)7.03112503.651.1427.5
      L. Trivino (H, 9)1.01000002.571.002.0
      B. Treinen (S, 7)1.01000102.571.299.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Mengden (W, 1-1)7.0
      L. Trivino (H, 9)1.0
      B. Treinen (S, 7)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd (L, 4-4)6.17440823.411.016.0
      Z. Reininger0.21000009.532.03-1.0
      D. Stumpf0.10000103.271.550.5
      V. Alcantara0.20000005.121.600.0
      J. Jimenez1.00000203.931.254.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd (L, 4-4)6.1
      Z. Reininger0.2
      D. Stumpf0.1
      V. Alcantara0.2
      J. Jimenez1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - D. Mengden, L. Trivino (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 95-62, L. Trivino 12-8, B. Treinen 10-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 7-9, L. Trivino 1-2, B. Treinen 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 26, L. Trivino 4, B. Treinen 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 101-73, Z. Reininger 16-10, D. Stumpf 7-5, V. Alcantara 5-4, J. Jimenez 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 4-6, Z. Reininger 1-1, V. Alcantara 2-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 25, Z. Reininger 3, D. Stumpf, V. Alcantara 2, J. Jimenez 3
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      M. Olson 1B10000010.213.288.426.714-0.5
      M. Chapman 3B40000020.257.348.509.857-1.0
      S. Piscotty DH40100010.258.333.401.7340.5
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      R. Grossman LF41100020.226.341.374.7153.0
      R. Laureano CF40100011.228.284.346.6300.5
      J. Profar 2B31310000.194.259.335.5946.0
      N. Hundley C31121013.200.228.327.5556.5
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        D. Lugo 3B40100002.200.273.500.7731.0
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        R. Rodriguez SS41100023.280.320.634.9542.0
        C. Stewart LF40000002.176.265.388.6540.0
        B. Dixon DH30000020.280.308.520.828-1.0
        G. Greiner C30000010.190.239.305.544-0.5
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          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Profar (5)
          • HR - C. Pinder (5), N. Hundley
          • RBI - C. Pinder (15), J. Profar (24), N. Hundley 2 (3)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Semien 3 (3)
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Rodriguez (9)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - D. Lugo, N. Castellanos 2 (2), R. Rodriguez 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Grossman (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Olson-Semien)
          • E - L. Trivino
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Harrison-Rodriguez-Cabrera)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Mengden (W, 1-1)7.03112503.651.1427.5
          L. Trivino (H, 9)1.01000002.571.002.0
          B. Treinen (S, 7)1.01000102.571.299.5
          Total9.0511260---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Mengden (W, 1-1)7.0
          L. Trivino (H, 9)1.0
          B. Treinen (S, 7)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Boyd (L, 4-4)6.17440823.411.016.0
          Z. Reininger0.21000009.532.03-1.0
          D. Stumpf0.10000103.271.550.5
          V. Alcantara0.20000005.121.600.0
          J. Jimenez1.00000203.931.254.0
          Total9.08440112---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Boyd (L, 4-4)6.1
          Z. Reininger0.2
          D. Stumpf0.1
          V. Alcantara0.2
          J. Jimenez1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - D. Mengden, L. Trivino (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Mengden 95-62, L. Trivino 12-8, B. Treinen 10-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Mengden 7-9, L. Trivino 1-2, B. Treinen 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Mengden 26, L. Trivino 4, B. Treinen 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 101-73, Z. Reininger 16-10, D. Stumpf 7-5, V. Alcantara 5-4, J. Jimenez 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 4-6, Z. Reininger 1-1, V. Alcantara 2-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 25, Z. Reininger 3, D. Stumpf, V. Alcantara 2, J. Jimenez 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Pinder homered to left41
          • 5TH INNING
            Profar doubled to left center, Grossman scored31
          • 4TH INNING
            Rodriguez scored on wild pitch21
          • 3RD INNING
            Hundley homered to right, Profar scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Joe Jimenez relieved Victor Alcantara
            • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • R. Grossman: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
            • R. Laureano: Ball, Foul, Laureano lined out to center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Treinen relieved Lou Trivino
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Cabrera singled to shallow center
            • John Hicks ran for Miguel Cabrera
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Foul, Foul, Stewart grounded into double play shortstop to first, Hicks out at second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Zac Reininger
            • M. Olson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • Victor Alcantara relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Chapman grounded out to second
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Lou Trivino relieved Daniel Mengden
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Jones reached on an infield single to pitcher, Jones to second on Trivino throwing error
            • J. Harrison: Harrison grounded out to third
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Lugo lined out to first
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Jones to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Castellanos flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder homered to left
            • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
            • R. Laureano: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Laureano singled to left
            • Zac Reininger relieved Matthew Boyd
            • J. Profar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Profar singled to left, Laureano to second
            • N. Hundley: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Hundley fouled out to right, Laureano to third
            • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Semien reached on fielder's choice to third, Profar out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Matt Olson at first base
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Stewart popped out to third
            • B. Dixon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Dixon grounded out to third
            • G. Greiner: Ball, Foul, Ball, Greiner grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Canha flied out to right
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Ball, Castellanos flied out to right
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • R. Grossman: Grossman reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Laureano flied out to shallow right
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grossman stole second, Profar doubled to left center, Grossman scored
            • N. Hundley: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
            • M. Semien: Ball, Semien flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • G. Greiner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jones singled to shallow left
            • J. Harrison: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Harrison flied out to center
            • D. Lugo: Lugo flied out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Piscotty singled to shallow right center
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Strike looking, Pinder grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Piscotty out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera lined out to second
            • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Rodriguez doubled to deep left
            • C. Stewart: Ball, Stewart grounded out to first, Rodriguez to third
            • B. Dixon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rodriguez scored on wild pitch, Strike looking, Dixon struck out looking
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
            • J. Profar: Profar singled to shallow center
            • N. Hundley: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Hundley homered to right, Profar scored
            • M. Semien: Semien popped out to shortstop
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike swinging, Canha popped out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Jones struck out swinging
            • J. Harrison: Harrison flied out to deep right
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Lugo singled to shallow center
            • N. Castellanos: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Castellanos reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Lugo out at second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • R. Grossman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Grossman flied out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • C. Stewart: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stewart grounded out to second
            • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Dixon struck out looking
            • G. Greiner: Greiner grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • M. Canha: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Canha grounded out to third
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Mengden Pitching:
            • J. Harrison: Ball, Foul, Harrison lined out to center
            • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Lugo flied out to right
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castellanos walked
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cabrera walked, Castellanos to second
            • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rodriguez flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)