OAKLAND — Making his first start in two weeks, Jesse Hahn didn’t allow a single earned run in six frames, propelling the Oakland Athletics to a 4-1 win on Tuesday, their second triumph in as many nights over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Hahn, who had been out with a strained right triceps scattered seven hits, with the lone run coming in the fourth following a throwing error by Ryon Healy.
“For a guy coming back from a DL stint and a short rehab start, so to speak, I thought he pitched really well.”
The miscue from the third baseman was the club’s 59th in 58 games, an on-going major league high.
Healy was among the pair of A’s who boomed RBI doubles in the bottom of the sixth to turn what had been a 2-1 game into a 4-1 affair. The other two-base hit came off the bat of Khris Davis who also skied a sacrifice fly into shallow right field in the first.
“We pecked away a little bit,” Melvin said. “We got some big hits when we needed to — certainly [Adam Rosales’ fifth-inning single] gives us the lead then we added a couple more on.
The win over Toronto marked only the second time this season that the A’s have been on the right side of the scoreline without hitting a home run.
“That’s a good stat,” manager Bob Melvin said. “I didn’t know that. Usually when we do hit homers, it has a lot to do with the win, but we can win a game without a homer.”
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While Oakland continues to commit errors at an alarming rate — the A’s have 17 more than any other team — Chad Pinder stood out for his defensive work in right field. The shortstop turned super-utility man gunned out Kevin Pillar trying to stretch a double in the fifth and ranged into foul territory to make an impressive grab one inning later.
“Chad Pinder[‘s play] I thought was the turning point in the game,” Hahn said. “He fielded that play down the line and I was hoping Pillar was going to run to second because I knew he had a really good shot at him.”
Alonso still 2nd on All-Star ballot
MLB released the second update of the American League All-Star ballot on Tuesday morning and Yonder Alonso remains in the second spot among first basemen. In his bid to make his Midsummer Classic debut in his adopted hometown of Miami, Alonso (433,570) trails only Miguel Cabrera (475,826).
Doolittle on track to return Saturday
Sean Doolittle — out since April 30 with a strained left shoulder — is set to rejoin the A’s for the club’s weekend set with the Tampa Bay Rays, beginning on Friday. Doolittle is slated to make a final rehab appearance for the Triple-A Nashville Sounds on Wednesday.
Matt Joyce expected back in the lineup on Friday
Matt Joyce was out of Tuesday night’s lineup with a minor left quad strain. With left-hander Francisco Liriano on the mound for the finale, Joyce won’t start on Wednesday either. Melvin hopes to have the right-fielder back atop the lineup on Friday.