Maybe the Oakland Athletics left their bats in Texas. Maybe the Colorado Rockies pitching staff has brought its best this weekend. Whatever the reason may be, the A’s were held to a single run for a second straight night, falling to the host Rockies 4-1 and sealing their first series defeat since mid-June.
Antonio Senzatela held Oakland (61-45) to just one run over 5 2/3 innings and four Colorado relievers combined to do the rest as the visiting A’s dropped an interleague series for the first time in 2018. Brett Anderson made it through six innings, but he recorded just one strikeout and was tagged for four runs on eight hits.
After an overturned call gave the A’s a 1-0 lead on a Khris Davis sac fly in the first, there would be very few chances for the offense. Colorado (56-47) took the lead with a pair of runs in the second on a Tom Murphy triple and Pat Valaika single, and Oakland would fail to capitalize with two men on base in the third, as Davis flew out and Matt Olson popped out.
The Rockies added on to their lead in each of the next two innings on solo homers by Nolan Arenado and Valaika.
A pair of two-out walks chased Senzatela in the sixth, but Jake McGee struck out Josh Phegley to end the threat. New acquisition Seunghwan Oh allowed a pair of baserunners with one out in the seventh, but Charlie Blackmon made a sliding catch to rob Jed Lowrie, and Davis popped out. Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis each set the A’s down in order over the final two innings to close things out.
Yusmeiro Petit worked a scoreless seventh and Chris Hatcher got out of a bases-loaded jam to leave the eighth unscathed.
A pair of young pitchers will toe the rubber in Sunday’s finale, with German Marquez on the mound for Colorado and Frankie Montas looking to help the A’s avoid the sweep.