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, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have rarely endured even short losing streaks this season.They’re unfazed. These A’s just keep swinging for the fences — and, they hope, right into the playoffs.Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer and matched his career high with five RBIs, and Oakland beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-0 on Wednesday night to snap a three-game skid.“I don’t think we were too worried about the losing streak. We control our own destiny,” Piscotty said. “That’s why this team is so great. We don’t have to have a team meeting to talk about it. We understand what’s at hand and we go out and do it.”Oakland moved within four games of first-place Houston in the AL West and stayed 2 1/2 behind the New York Yankees for the top wild card. The A’s are 5 1/2 games ahead of streaking Tampa Bay for the second wild card with 10 to play.Jed Lowrie and Piscotty each hit a two-run double in a six-run fourth inning to back Brett Anderson (4-5).Piscotty keeps delivering key hits in what he considers his best season. A’s manager Bob Melvin certainly thinks so.“He’s been huge,” Melvin said. “He’s as productive and as clutch a guy as we’ve had all year, too.”Ramon Laureano added an RBI single and a sacrifice fly for the A’s, who had lost four of five.Anderson pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up three hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Three relievers finished the four-hitter as Oakland’s 14th shutout of the season took just 2 hours, 23 minutes.“It was good to get back on the winning track,” Anderson said.The lefty delivered the longest outing by an A’s starter in 26 games, becoming the first to go more than six innings during that stretch — which has included Melvin starting games with a reliever who works just one inning before giving way to a regular starter. The 25 straight games with a starter going six or fewer innings was the second-longest streak in franchise history.“It’s just kind of the way we’re set up http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-david-ortiz-jersey
,” said Melvin, who also has dealt with an injury-plagued rotation.The left-hander made his second start since coming off the disabled list and taking the loss last Thursday in Baltimore, where he lasted only 3 1/3 innings. He has walked one or fewer batters in each of his past 10 starts, with just five free passes over 54 2/3 innings during that stretch.Anderson retired his first eight batters and got through the second inning on five pitches.Angels starter Felix Pena (3-5) was done after the fourth, allowing six runs on six hits with three strikeouts and a walk. The right-hander retired his first nine batters.“As these guys got their second look at him, they didn’t miss anything in that fourth inning,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “It was a tough inning for Felix.”Los Angeles shortstop Sherman Johnson made his major league debut in the sixth for the Angels, who were shut out for the 10th time and second by the A’s.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: RF Kole Calhoun, who was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts a night earlier, had the day off. … Rookie 2B and utilityman David Fletcher, who exited Sunday’s game against Seattle in the first inning with a strained left hamstring, missed a second straight game and won’t be rushed back.Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill Bobby Doerr Jersey
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, ‘He’s an animal. He wants to pitch, he wants to hit, he wants to run, he just wants to be out there.’ The best pitchers in this game, that’s how they are.”Freeland (15-7) was just as effective on the mound. He allowed two through six innings and left with one out in the seventh after giving up two extra-base hits. A cramp that bothered him in the sixth inning flared up again, but he said he is fine.“I’ve had it on the mound a couple of times before the season,” he said. “It’s nothing that I have concern about.”He was scheduled to face Clay Buchholz in the finale of the four-game series but the Diamondbacks right-hander was scratched from the start because of tightness in his right elbow. Matt Koch (5-5) started in his place and allowed four runs on eight hits in three innings.Manager Torey Lovullo said Buchholz felt the tightness in his elbow 26 pitches into his 32-pitch warmup and he was shut down.“We have learned through some difficult circumstances just get him off the mound and get him evaluated,” Lovullo said. “So he is presently on his way back to Arizona to see our team doctors and obviously get an MRI.”A.J. Pollock homered for Arizona. The Diamondbacks are 3-12 in September. They lost 5-4 on Wednesday night when DJ LeMahieu hit a two-run homer off Yoshihisa Hirano in the ninth inning.Arizona trailed 5-1 when Freeland gave up a triple to Steven Souza Jr. and a double to Nick Ahmed in the seventh. Freeland left after manager Bud Black and trainer Keith Dugger came to the mound.Yencey Almonte gave up an RBI double to Ketel Marte that made it 5-3. The Rockies responded with five runs in the bottom of the inning.Things don’t get easier for the Diamondbacks. They head to Houston to play the AL West leaders in a three-game weekend series.“We gotta get going, time is running out,” Souza said. “We are making it more difficult on ourselves but it’s not impossible.”After Arenado and Pollock traded solo home runs, Freeland hit an RBI double over Pollock’s head in center to drive in Arenado and give the Rockies a 2-1 lead.Story’s home run in the third made it 4-1 and Freeland came through again in the fourth. He laid down a bunt single down the third base line to lead off and then scored on Dahl’s double to the corner in left.POWER COUPLEArenado and Story entered the franchise record books with their long balls. Arenado’s drive, his team-leading 34th Johnny Pesky Jersey
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