sunny.png
Friday July 19th, 2019 9:00AM

Chapman's 3-run homer in 9th rallies A's past Rays 5-4

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Chapman was thinking slider, and he guessed right.

Chapman hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics stunned the skidding Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-4 comeback victory Thursday night.

Chapman's 17th homer and second game-ender came on a 1-0 slider from Diego Castillo (1-5), handed his first blown save in eight chances.

"I knew he didn't have very good command of that fastball so I thought that he was going to try to sneak a slider in there and I was ready to hit," Chapman said.

Frankie Montas pitched eight innings of one-run ball for the A's, who rallied for their fourth straight win and seventh in nine games after Tampa Bay took a 4-1 lead with three in the top of the ninth.

"It was awesome. I'm still kind of shaking from it," Chapman said. "That was so much fun and that was just a really big win for us and an important one for sure."

Tommy Pham homered in the sixth for the Rays, who lost their fourth consecutive game and eighth in 10.

Robbie Grossman drew a leadoff walk from Castillo, and Jurickson Profar walked one out later. With two outs, Marcus Semien extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a run-scoring single before Chapman connected.

"It looked like (Chapman) had an approach where he was going to get a breaking ball, and he wasn't going to miss it," Rays manager Kevin Cash said.

Lou Trivino (3-5) got one out for the win. Profar hit a solo homer in the fifth to put the A's ahead.

Pham and Brandon Lowe drew consecutive walks from Oakland closer Blake Treinen to start the ninth. After a double steal, Avisaíl García singled in the tiebreaking run and Ji-Man Choi followed with an RBI single.

García scored on Willy Adames' sacrifice bunt to make it 4-1.

Rays starter Charlie Morton pitched 6 1/3 innings of four-hit ball. He gave up one run, struck out six and walked two.

Montas allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked none.

"I was feeling pretty good. I was able to command my fastball and my breaking pitches," he said.

Montas has struck out nine or more in three straight outings.

"I'm really not trying to strike out people," he said. "I'm just trying to get groundballs early. If I get two strikes, I try to put them away."

SHORT HOPS

Profar's homer was just the seventh Morton has given up in 93 2/3 innings. ... Montas retired 18 of the last 19 batters he faced.

ROSTER MOVES

The Rays recalled RHP Austin Pruitt from Triple-A Durham and optioned LHP Adam Kolarek to their top farm club.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rays: LHP Jose Alvarado threw a bullpen at the team's minor league complex in Port Charlotte, Florida. Alvarado was placed on the restricted list retroactive to June 2 after he went to his native Venezuela due to a family emergency. He isn't expected to go on a minor league rehab assignment. "Hopefully, we avoid that," Cash said. "Bullpens, maybe set up a (simulated) game, something like that. Obviously, the quicker the better. We need him. He would be a big boost for us when we get him back."

Athletics: Manager Bob Melvin missed the game due to a planned medical appointment to address neck and back pain. He is expected to return Friday. Bench coach Ryan Christenson took over as manager for the night.

UP NEXT

Rays: Had not announced a starting pitcher for Friday.

Athletics: RHP Tanner Anderson (0-1, 3.27 ERA) threw 5 2/3 innings of three-hit ball in his first career start June 10 against the Rays. He gave up two runs.

___

More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Baseball , AP Sports - Major League Baseball, AP Sports - Minor League Baseball
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Too rosy? Experts question Warren's wealth tax figures
The ambitious scope of Elizabeth Warren's push to rethink how America tackles issues such as health care, technology and education has energized her presidential campaign _ and spurred questions about how she would deliver on her promises.
1:57AM ( 3 minutes ago )
Chapman's 3-run homer in 9th rallies A's past Rays 5-4
Matt Chapman hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics stunned the skidding Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-4 comeback victory
1:55AM ( 4 minutes ago )
Slain Sacramento officer remembered at graduation ceremony
Newly minted Sacramento police officers have honored a rookie who was gunned down while helping a woman leave an abusive home
1:54AM ( 5 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert out of hospital after stroke
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert released from Detroit-area hospital after suffering stroke on May 26
1:17AM ( 43 minutes ago )
Plot that wounded Ortiz unraveled because of many mistakes
The plot that resulted in baseball superstar David Ortiz getting shot in the back unraveled within hours, mostly because the crew of hired killers made so many mistakes
1:15AM ( 45 minutes ago )
Hawks land Virginia's Hunter, Duke's Reddish in NBA draft
The Atlanta Hawks have added to their impressive young core by selecting wingman De'Andre Hunter from national champion Virginia with the No. 4 pick of the NBA draft and Duke guard Cam Reddish at No. 10
1:01AM ( 58 minutes ago )
AP Sports
The Ex-Rays: Tampa Bay gets OK from MLB to explore Montreal
The Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal
8:47PM ( 5 hours ago )
Nationals to extend protective netting at All-Star break
Washington Nationals to extend protective netting during All-Star break after recent injuries in baseball increased focus on fan safety
5:43PM ( 8 hours ago )
David Ortiz shooting suspect charged with drug possession
A suspect in the shooting of former baseball star David Ortiz has been charged with drug and firearm possession in New Jersey
2:31PM ( 11 hours ago )
AP Online Baseball
Louisville survives shaky 8th, 9th to beat Auburn 5-3 at CWS
Louisville survives shaky 8th, 9th innings to beat Auburn 5-3 at College World Series
7:55PM ( 1 day ago )
Braves place Newcomb on 7-day concussion injured list
Braves pitcher Sean Newcomb has been placed on the seven-day injured list for players with concussion symptoms after telling the team he felt uncomfortable following a light workout
6:48PM ( 1 day ago )
Snell chased in 1st, Sabathia wins 250th, Yankees sweep Rays
Gary Sánchez hit a three-run homer to help chase Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell in the first inning, CC Sabathia got his 250th career win and the New York Yankees thumped the Tampa Bay Rays 12-1 to complete a three-game sweep
5:51PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - Major League Baseball
Blues' Binnington goes from castoff to Stanley Cup champion
Blues rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington goes from castoff to Stanley Cup champion
2:42AM ( 1 week ago )
LEADING OFF: Sparkman faces Anderson again, Gardner's lip
LEADING OFF: Sparkman faces Anderson again, Gardner's split lip, Keuchel waits
2:03AM ( 1 week ago )
Keuchel's first minor league start for Braves rained out
Dallas Keuchel's first start in the minors for the Atlanta Braves was rained out, meaning he'll need to wait another day or two before taking the mound
9:52PM ( 1 week ago )
AP Sports - Minor League Baseball
Too rosy? Experts question Warren's wealth tax figures
The ambitious scope of Elizabeth Warren's push to rethink how America tackles issues such as health care, technology and education has energized her presidential campaign _ and spurred questions about how she would deliver on her promises.
1:57AM ( 3 minutes ago )
Slain Sacramento officer remembered at graduation ceremony
Newly minted Sacramento police officers have honored a rookie who was gunned down while helping a woman leave an abusive home
1:54AM ( 5 minutes ago )
Russia-born executive to testify about Trump Moscow project
The House intelligence committee is set to interview Russia-born business executive Felix Sater about his role in Donald Trump's effort to build a skyscraper in Moscow
1:46AM ( 13 minutes ago )
US prepped for strikes on Iran before approval was withdrawn
A U.S. official says the military made preparations Thursday night for limited strikes on Iran, but approval was abruptly withdrawn
1:39AM ( 20 minutes ago )
The Latest: Duke, ACC have big night as NBA draft concludes
The Latest: Duke, ACC have big night as NBA draft concludes
1:36AM ( 24 minutes ago )