Even with Khris Davis out of the lineup in a National League park, the Oakland Athletics continued their power surge on the road. Unlike last night, when they waited until they were down to their final strike to extend their road home run streak, they got things going quickly on Wednesday.
Thanks to Franklin Barreto’s three-run shot in the second, the A’s extended their road home run streak to 21 straight games. Then, they clubbed four more, cruising to a 12-4 win over the San Diego Padres.
Barreto entered the day batting just .071, but launched a 3-2 pitch from Joey Lucchesi into the A’s bullpen, where it landed 424 feet away from the plate. Josh Phegley followed Barreto with his first home run of the year to complete the first of two sets of back-to-back homers for Oakland (38-36).
It was a difficult return from the disabled list for Lucchesi, a Newark native who grew up an A’s fan. He recorded just five outs and gave up four runs, including both Barreto and Phegley’s first homers of the season.
Mark Canha and Matt Olson went back-to-back in the third off long reliever Robbie Erlin to make it 6-0. A seventh run scored on a Phegley sac fly that brought in Barreto, who reached on an infield hit and advanced to third on a pair of overthrows that encapsulated the day’s struggles for San Diego (34-42).
Those runs were more than enough for starter Frankie Montas, who allowed just one run — coming on a Cory Spangenberg single — in 6 2/3 innings. Montas struck out the side in the fifth, half of his strikeouts on the day. He walked three and allowed five hits.
Erlin allowed three runs (two earned) over his 4 1/3 innings, and Phil Hughes made it easily through his first two frames before allowing the A’s fifth homer of the day in the eighth inning, a two-run shot by Jed Lowrie. The A’s got two more runs in the ninth off Spangenberg, who made his second pitching appearance of the year.
Liam Hendriks got the final out of the seventh and Chris Hatcher took care of the eighth for the A’s, but the Padres did get three in the bottom of the ninth against Josh Lucas. Christian Villanueva hit his 16th homer of the year, Travis Jankowski knocked one in with a double and later scored on a play where Marcus Semien made two errors.
Thanks to the barrage, the A’s have now hit 62 home runs this season on the road, more than any other club.