While Sonny Gray has pitched well since joining the Oakland Athletics' rotation, he hasn't been backed by much support.
Manager Bob Melvin's offense couldn't get it done in the opener of this three-game set, either.
Gray tries to bounce back from a hard-luck loss Wednesday night as AL West-leading Oakland continues its playoff push against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
Gray (2-3, 2.51 ERA) has mostly been superb since getting called up for the second time Aug. 10, recording a 2.77 ERA and 38 strikeouts in six starts spanning 39 innings. While the 23-year-old rookie has surrendered two or zero earned runs in all but one of those outings, he hasn't been helped by a 3.69 run-support average.
The A's failed to come through for Gray again in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Houston. The right-hander yielded three runs - two earned - and seven hits in a season high-tying eight innings.
"Obviously the offense didn't do much," third baseman Josh Donaldson said. "It was just a wasted opportunit...