As the season comes to the September home stretch, the A’s continued their winning ways, clawing to within 1 game of division leader Texas on Sunday as they completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay.
A.J. Griffin continued the strong starting pitching of the A’s recently, and with the help of the long ball, Oakland beat the Rays 5-1.
“That’s where it all starts with us, with our starters. If they can get deep in games and pitch that well, it makes it a lot easier to finish out those games,” said Bob Melvin.
Griffin got plenty deep into the game, lasting seven innings and striking out seven while allowing just a solo home run and scattering four other hits. The righty had control of all his pitches, walking just one batter, as control has been an issue in his past few starts.
The A’s jumped out to an early lead in the first inning as Coco Crisp continued his hot streak, launching his career high-tying 16th home run of the season.
After getting a go-ahead RBI from Brandon Moss in the ...