OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Sonny Gray struck out eight to win his third straight decision, and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Francisco Giants 6-1 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
Coco Crisp hit an RBI single and stole his 16th base and Nick Punto doubled in a run during a four-run third against Madison Bumgarner (9-7), handed his second three-start skid of the year.
The lefty didn’t allow a hit until Jed Lowrie’s blooper leading off the third that landed in front of a charging right fielder Hunter Pence, who avoided a collision with second baseman Joe Panik.
Oakland did all its damage that inning on the way to matching its season-high winning streak.
The A’s (57-33) concluded their homestand 6-0, just the 11th undefeated homestand of six or more games in Oakland history. The low-budget club with baseball’s best record has won 11 of its past 12 games at the Coliseum.
TIGERS 14, DODGERS 5
DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander settled down after a terrible first inning and Detroit rallied in emphatic fashion for a victory over the Dodgers.
Verlander (8-7) allowed five runs in the first, but the Dodgers managed only one more hit off the Detroit right-hander, who has had his share of struggles this season. The Tigers tied it with five runs in the second, then added two in the third and four in the fourth to pull away.
Miguel Cabrera was one of five Detroit players with three hits.
Verlander allowed five runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out four and walked two.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-5) allowed seven runs and 10 hits in 2 1-3 innings.
Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers in the first, but Verlander retired 13 in a row after that.
The Tigers’ 14 runs set a season high, as did their 20 hits.
CARDINALS 5, PIRATES 4
ST. LOUIS (AP) - Rookie Kolten Wong gave St. Louis its second straight game-winning ninth-inning home run, connecting off Ernesto Frieri with two outs for a victory over Pittsburgh.