OAKLAND — It took a lot of patience, but Andrew Triggs got the run support he needed as the A’s snapped their four-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers.
Triggs kept his ERA at zero, allowing just two unearned runs on three hits, but those two runs in the sixth inning looked like they’d decide the game.
Luckily for Triggs, the offense woke up, snapping a 15-inning scoreless drought with an immediate answer.
Adam Rosales tied the game at two with a home run in the sixth and Khris Davis gave the A’s the lead with a sac fly. Ryon Healy’s pinch-hit bloop single provided the insurance run.
Triggs’ command was brilliant, holding the Rangers without an extra-base hit or a walk. Oakland pitchers had walked 15 over the past two games. He also shut down a lineup filled with left-handed power.
“We made use of the cutter,” he said. “We mixed that in, which is something Bruce and I talked about.”
Rougned Odor’s second-inning single was the lone hit from a left-hander. Triggs has retired 29 of the 31 lefties he has faced in his first three starts.
Elvis Andrus was the lone thorn in Triggs’ side, singling twice. His second single brought in Jurickson Profar for the game’s first run. Profar reached on a Yonder Alonso error and took second on a wild pitch. Andrus proceeded to steal both second and third before scoring on a fielder’s choice, which looked like a massive insurance run at the time.
Rosales, who has gone from a platoon role to an everyday job in Marcus Semien’s absence, was quick to answer. Though he has had nearly 200 fewer plate appearances against southpaws, 21 of his 40 career home runs have come against lefties. His 41st came off one of the best right-handers in the game, Yu Darvish, to knot the score at 2.
“It’s just patience. Darvish is a great right-handed pitcher,” said Rosales. “His pitch count was down, but I made sure I was patient that at-bat.”
Trevor Plouffe walked to start the inning and scored on Rosales’ home run. During his usual sprint around the basepaths, Rosales came close to passing Plouffe, who appeared to be in some minor discomfort after diving back to first on a pickoff attempt.
Sean Doolittle, Ryan Dull and Santiago Casilla combined for three perfect innings to close out the win, with Casilla picking up his second save.
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