A's back strong start from Gossett to top Giants

August 3rd, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- stymied the Giants on three hits through seven innings and received support from a balanced offense as the A's surged to a 6-1 Interleague triumph Wednesday at AT&T Park.

"I think that, all the way around, is probably the best game he's pitched for us," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Seemed like his velocity was a little bit higher, a lot of movement, had better command of his breaking stuff. He's kind of gone back and forth with some of his outings, but today he was terrific."

Gossett, a rookie right-hander making his 10th Major League start, silenced the Giants one night after they amassed 10 runs and 14 hits. San Francisco's offense consisted of 's fifth-inning double, Joe Panik's sixth-inning single and 's seventh-inning single. Pence's double had an exit velocity of 114 mph according to Statcast™. It was his hardest hit since Statcast™ debuted in 2015.

"I was able to throw all of my pitches for strikes and had consistency with my delivery," Gossett said. "I felt like I was able to keep the effort level down and stay smooth through my delivery and execute pitches when I needed to."

The A's benefited from two-run uprisings in the second, third and seventh innings. Highlights included 's RBI double that opened the scoring, 's two-run homer in the third -- his 20th of the season but first since June 28 -- and run-scoring hits by and in the seventh.

Matt Moore (3-11) took the loss for the Giants after allowing four runs and six hits in five innings. Two of his three walks over the second and third inning scored and his ERA swelled to 5.80. But it was the Giants' offense -- which tallied 10 runs including five in the first inning Tuesday -- that troubled manager Bruce Bochy the most.

"We were off tonight," Bochy said. "I don't know what it was. We had such a good game last night. I thought we'd come out swinging the bats tonight. We didn't hit very many balls hard off of [Gossett]. He's a Major League pitcher. … He pitched a good game. I'll give him credit. I'm a little disappointed we didn't swing the bats a little bit better."



Pinder plucks one: Looking as if he had played in AT&T Park throughout his entire career, Pinder raced after pinch-hitter 's fifth-inning drive as it arced toward the wall and snagged it. The catch ended the inning and shut the door on a potential rally with one run already in.

"Heck of a play," Gossett said. "Heck of an athlete. That was big for me."

"Boy, that was a big pick-me-up, because if that gets in the gap, now all of a sudden the game starts to get a little different, and there are certain plays defensively that create some momentum in your dugout, and that was one of them," Melvin said. "Everyone pulls pretty hard for him because he moves around and has had to play some different positions."

Span can't snag: Giants center fielder experienced a trying evening defensively. He outran Chapman's second-inning double yet could not come up with the ball, then allowed Lowrie's seventh-inning double to skip away from him.

"I didn't think it was going that far," Bochy said of Chapman's double. "The wind up high was pulling towards center field and just carried that more than any of us -- including Denard -- thought there."


A's: Right-hander will return from the disabled list to start Thursday's Bay Bridge Series finale at AT&T Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. PT. Graveman, who has been sidelined since May 26 with a right shoulder strain, began the season 2-2 with a 3.83 ERA through eight starts.

Giants:, who has endured mixed success in his previous three Interleague starts, will confront the A's in Thursday's 7:15 p.m. PT rematch. Blach's owns a 5.12 lifetime Interleague ERA to go with a .307 opponents' batting average.

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