Fiers, A's rout Rangers 8-0, maintain 2-game wild card lead

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Mike Fiers wants to show he can confidently take the ball in a wild-card game and pitch the Oakland Athletics into the AL Division Series.

Fiers struck out five and didn't walk a batter over eight dominant innings to win for the first time in four starts. The Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 8-0 on Friday night to maintain a two-game lead for the top AL wild card.

''I guess his elbow's OK,'' manager Bob Melvin said.

Chad Pinder hit a three-run homer in the second inning and Mark Canha also connected as the A's (93-61) kept their margin over Cleveland and Tampa Bay (91-63). Oakland is a season-best 32 games over .500.

Fiers (15-4) allowed two hits and faced the minimum, helped by a double play and a pickoff. The right-hander had gone 0-1 over his prior three outings following a 12-0 stretch over 20 starts that began with a no-hitter against the Reds on May 7. He exited his start last Saturday at Texas with nerve irritation in his arm and underwent an MRI on Tuesday. Fiers said his latest effort provided ''peace of mind that I can go back out there and pitch.''

''The last three starts haven't been ideal, so I want to show these guys I've still got it,'' Fiers said. ''Coming out today, I needed to make a statement and show them that I can still pitch.''

Chris Bassitt struck out two in a perfect ninth to finish Oakland's 11th shutout in 2 hours, 38 minutes.

Canha, a versatile outfielder team executive Billy Beane considers one of the season's biggest surprises, hit his 25th homer leading off the fifth. Canha and Marcus Semien had RBI doubles as Oakland won for the ninth time in 10 games.

Mike Minor (13-10) allowed six runs, six hits and four walks in five innings as Texas lost its sixth straight game. Minor also lost to the A's in Texas last weekend.

''I don't know what the stats are but when you don't throw the ball where you want to and you can't throw an off-speed pitch for a strike, it's pretty tough,'' Minor said.

MONTAS' STATUS

Frankie Montas will be available to pitch for the A's on Wednesday at Anaheim after completing his 80-game drug suspension, perhaps in a relief role. The right-hander was 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 15 starts and 90 innings before the discipline, and he has been throwing up to 100 pitches on a starter's schedule at the club's minor league complex in Mesa, Arizona.

MOTIVATED ANDRUS

Elvis Andrus grounded into a double play in the first and went 0 for 3.

''I do want to see him improve,'' manager Chris Woodward said. ''We have a lot of question marks around the team for sure. I don't think anyone's immune to that if you're not producing. It's just a fact.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: While outfielder Joey Gallo could be activated from the 60-day injured list Sunday, the Rangers aren't sure it makes sense for him to return if his surgically repaired right wrist isn't strong enough for him to bat with the extreme torque generated by his powerful swing. Woodward said the Rangers might have begun his rehab process at too quick a rate and spoke with Gallo about the situation. ''He's had too much progress this year to come back and play a couple games,'' Woodward said. ... Texas selected the contract of C Tim Federowicz from Triple-A Nashville.

Athletics: It's unclear whether RF Stephen Piscotty will be healthy from a sprained right ankle in time to play the rest of the season given he has been out since Aug. 25 and won't have a chance to get rehab at-bats. He also missed extended time with a sprained right knee from June 30-Aug. 2. ''It's going to go down to the wire, I think,'' Melvin said. ''He still has some challenges. There are certain days that he feels good and the next day maybe not as much. We're up against it here with nine left. It's going to be a challenge to do it but he's going to continue to work and try to be part of it toward the end.'' ... RHP reliever Lou Trivino slipped away from the field and fell on his ribs and oblique. He hasn't pitched since Sept. 14 but played catch Friday. ''Lou feels a lot better,'' Melvin said.

UP NEXT

LHP Sean Manaea (2-0, 0.50 ERA) makes his fourth start of the season for the A's after returning Sept. 1 from a yearlong absence following shoulder surgery. He has allowed one or fewer runs in his first three outings. Texas counters with LHP Brock Burke (0-1, 5.19) in his sixth career start, still seeking his first victory.

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  • W: M. Fiers (15-4)L: M. Minor (13-10)
  • HR: OAK - M. Canha (25), C. Pinder (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Andrus SS30000001.271.309.383.6920.0
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N. Mazara RF30000020.268.316.462.779-1.0
D. Santana 3B30000010.284.318.528.846-0.5
R. Odor 2B30000000.201.277.426.7030.0
R. Guzman 1B30000020.211.300.418.718-1.0
D. DeShields CF30100010.245.326.341.6680.5
J. Trevino C30000010.266.283.404.687-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS50110000.283.364.516.8803.0
    M. Chapman 3B32000201.244.339.502.8404.0
    M. Olson 1B31100203.270.356.560.9164.0
    M. Canha CF41221112.272.396.519.9159.5
    R. Laureano RF41210011.289.340.517.8573.5
    K. Davis DH30000112.219.288.383.6710.5
    S. Murphy C22000223.333.400.8061.2063.0
    C. Pinder LF21231000.240.286.421.7079.0
    a- S. Brown PH-LF20000023.373.431.5761.007-1.0
    S. Neuse 2B40000002.225.279.275.5540.0
    • a-struck out for Pinder in the 6th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Semien (40), M. Canha (15)
    • HR - M. Canha (25), C. Pinder (13)
    • RBI - M. Semien (88), M. Canha 2 (57), R. Laureano (64), C. Pinder 3 (47)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Semien (38)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson (37), M. Canha (35), K. Davis (49), S. Brown 2 (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • Picked Off - D. DeShields
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Guzman)
    • E - D. Santana (14)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Semien-Neuse-Olson)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Minor (L, 13-10)5.06664323.521.23-4.5
    A. Jurado1.00000105.731.493.5
    Y. Mendez1.01113205.791.93-1.0
    T. Guerrieri1.01111105.251.750.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Minor (L, 13-10)5.0
    A. Jurado1.0
    Y. Mendez1.0
    T. Guerrieri1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Fiers (W, 15-4)8.02000503.911.1934.5
    C. Bassitt1.00000203.921.214.0
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Fiers (W, 15-4)8.0
    C. Bassitt1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - T. Guerrieri (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 105-61, A. Jurado 15-11, Y. Mendez 30-14, T. Guerrieri 25-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 4-8, A. Jurado 2-0, Y. Mendez 1-0, T. Guerrieri 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Minor 25, A. Jurado 3, Y. Mendez 7, T. Guerrieri 5
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 95-65, C. Bassitt 14-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 7-10, C. Bassitt 1-0
    • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 24, C. Bassitt 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    TEX74-80
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    S. Choo DH30100000.265.366.448.8141.0
    E. Andrus SS30000001.271.309.383.6920.0
    W. Calhoun LF30000000.267.317.512.8290.0
    N. Mazara RF30000020.268.316.462.779-1.0
    D. Santana 3B30000010.284.318.528.846-0.5
    R. Odor 2B30000000.201.277.426.7030.0
    R. Guzman 1B30000020.211.300.418.718-1.0
    D. DeShields CF30100010.245.326.341.6680.5
    J. Trevino C30000010.266.283.404.687-0.5
    Total270200071-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Semien SS50110000.283.364.516.8803.0
      M. Chapman 3B32000201.244.339.502.8404.0
      M. Olson 1B31100203.270.356.560.9164.0
      M. Canha CF41221112.272.396.519.9159.5
      R. Laureano RF41210011.289.340.517.8573.5
      K. Davis DH30000112.219.288.383.6710.5
      S. Murphy C22000223.333.400.8061.2063.0
      C. Pinder LF21231000.240.286.421.7079.0
      a- S. Brown PH-LF20000023.373.431.5761.007-1.0
      S. Neuse 2B40000002.225.279.275.5540.0
      Total3288728717-----
      HITTERSAB
      M. Semien SS5
      M. Chapman 3B3
      M. Olson 1B3
      M. Canha CF4
      R. Laureano RF4
      K. Davis DH3
      S. Murphy C2
      C. Pinder LF2
      a- S. Brown PH-LF2
      S. Neuse 2B4
      Total32
      • a-struck out for Pinder in the 6th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Semien (40), M. Canha (15)
      • HR - M. Canha (25), C. Pinder (13)
      • RBI - M. Semien (88), M. Canha 2 (57), R. Laureano (64), C. Pinder 3 (47)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Semien (38)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Olson (37), M. Canha (35), K. Davis (49), S. Brown 2 (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • Picked Off - D. DeShields
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Odor-Andrus-Guzman)
      • E - D. Santana (14)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Semien-Neuse-Olson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (L, 13-10)5.06664323.521.23-4.5
      A. Jurado1.00000105.731.493.5
      Y. Mendez1.01113205.791.93-1.0
      T. Guerrieri1.01111105.251.750.5
      Total8.0888872---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (L, 13-10)5.0
      A. Jurado1.0
      Y. Mendez1.0
      T. Guerrieri1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (W, 15-4)8.02000503.911.1934.5
      C. Bassitt1.00000203.921.214.0
      Total9.0200070---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (W, 15-4)8.0
      C. Bassitt1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Guerrieri (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 105-61, A. Jurado 15-11, Y. Mendez 30-14, T. Guerrieri 25-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 4-8, A. Jurado 2-0, Y. Mendez 1-0, T. Guerrieri 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 25, A. Jurado 3, Y. Mendez 7, T. Guerrieri 5
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 95-65, C. Bassitt 14-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 7-10, C. Bassitt 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 24, C. Bassitt 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Chapman scored, Olson to second on wild pitch08
      • 7TH INNING
        Laureano singled to shallow center, Olson scored, Canha to third07
      • 5TH INNING
        Canha homered to left06
      • 4TH INNING
        Semien doubled to deep left, Murphy scored05
      • 3RD INNING
        Canha doubled to deep right, Chapman scored04
      • 2ND INNING
        Pinder homered to center, Laureano and Murphy scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chris Bassitt relieved Mike Fiers
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Guzman struck out looking
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
        • J. Trevino: Trevino grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
        • D. Santana: Santana flied out to deep left
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Odor grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Taylor Guerrieri relieved Yohander Mendez
        • S. Neuse: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Neuse grounded out to third
        • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Ball, Semien flied out to left
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chapman walked
        • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Olson singled to center, Chapman to third
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Chapman scored, Olson to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choo grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andrus grounded out to third
        • W. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Yohander Mendez relieved Ariel Jurado
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Chapman grounded out to second
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Olson walked
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Canha walked, Olson to second
        • R. Laureano: Laureano singled to shallow center, Olson scored, Canha to third
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis walked, Laureano to second
        • S. Murphy: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • S. Brown: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brown struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Ball, Guzman lined out to right
        • D. DeShields: Ball, Foul, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Trevino: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trevino struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ariel Jurado relieved Mike Minor
        • Seth Brown hit for Chad Pinder
        • S. Brown: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brown struck out swinging
        • S. Neuse: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Neuse grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mazara flied out to deep left
        • D. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
        • R. Odor: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Odor flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike swinging, Canha homered to left
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davis fouled out to first
        • S. Murphy: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Ball, Choo grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Andrus: Andrus flied out to right
        • W. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Foul, Calhoun fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • S. Murphy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder singled to left, Murphy to second
        • S. Neuse: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Neuse grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Murphy to third, Pinder out at second
        • M. Semien: Semien doubled to deep left, Murphy scored
        • M. Chapman: Chapman safe at first on 3rd baseman Santana throwing error, Semien to third
        • M. Olson: Ball, Olson flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
        • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, DeShields singled to center
        • J. Trevino: DeShields picked off at first, pitcher to first, Strike looking, Strike looking, Trevino lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman walked
        • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson grounded out to first, Chapman to second
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Canha doubled to deep right, Chapman scored
        • R. Laureano: Laureano popped out to second
        • K. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to center
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
        • D. Santana: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana lined out to left
        • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Odor lined out to first
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Laureano singled to shallow right
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • S. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy walked, Laureano to second
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pinder homered to center, Laureano and Murphy scored
        • S. Neuse: Ball, Strike swinging, Neuse grounded out to first
        • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Semien flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Fiers Pitching:
        • S. Choo: Choo singled to center
        • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Andrus grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Choo out at second
        • W. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to shallow left
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • M. Minor Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Foul, Semien fouled out to shortstop
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Chapman lined out to left
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Olson walked
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Canha flied out to deep left
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)