The Oakland Athletics may have seen their road game home run streak come to an end at 27, but they gave Chris Bassitt plenty of other run support against the Detroit Tigers, enough for the right-hander to win his first big league game since 2015.
Returning to the site of his last start before undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2016, Bassitt became a winner for the first time in nearly three years by pitching six shutout innings in front of a spirited contingent of friends and family that made the short trip up from Toledo. After struggling in his prior two starts, Bassitt had to make his way out of just one jam, leaving the bases loaded in the third by striking out Niko Goodrum.
Oakland (43-38) rewarded Bassitt by taking the lead in the following inning. After Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected for arguing balls and strikes in a dispute that stemmed from the Goodrum at-bat, Matt Joyce singled and Jed Lowrie doubled him home.
That would hold up for Bassitt, who despite allowing five walks, struck out five and allowed just two hits in six innings.
Another Lowrie double and a Goodrum error put men on the corners with two outs in the eighth for Stephen Piscotty, but he grounded into an inning-ending force out against Joe Jimenez, who relieved Mike Fiers after seven innings of one-run ball. Fiers would be a hard-luck loser, allowing five hits and one walk while striking out five.
Yusmeiro Petit took care of the bottom of the eighth in order, and the one-run lead would have been enough for Lou Trivino, who handled the closing duties to give Blake Treinen a rest, but the A’s got him some insurance nonetheless. An infield hit by Franklin Barreto got the ball rolling, and a double by Josh Phegley made it 2-0. Dustin Fowler nearly extended the home run streak, but he settled for a double as well to bring home the third run.
The A’s also had a chance to extend the streak in the top of the second, but JaCoby Jones robbed what would’ve been an opposite-field blast by Matt Olson.
Trivino sent Detroit (36-45) to an eighth straight loss with a perfect bottom of the ninth, striking out Grayson Greiner to end the game.