BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
Mike Fiers pitched 5 2/3 solid innings to earn his 10th win of the season as the A’s scored a 8-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday night at Oakland Coliseum for their fifth win in six games.
Oakland took advantage of the early wildness of Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson (10-6, 3.99) to score a pair of runs in both the second and third innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
The A’s quickly loaded the bases with one out in the first inning on a Robbie Grossman single and a pair of walks before a Mark Canha single staked them to a 2-0 lead. Just an inning later, Grossman’s sacrifice fly drove in Marcus Semien who had doubled, and two batters later Semien came around to score on a passed ball to stretch the lead to 4-0. Chad Pinder’s three run pinch hit in the seventh would increase Oakland’s advantage to 8-2.
Fiers (10-3, 3.46) meanwhile was holding St. Louis in check during his 94 pitch outing, allowing only six hits and a walk while striking out four in route to becoming the first Oakland pitcher to reach double figures in victories while recording a career-high eighth consecutive winning decision. He also hasn’t had a losing decision in his past 16 starts. After his departure, following another brief but rough outing by Jake Diekman, Yusmeiro Petit and Joakim Soria each threw scoreless innings before We-Chung Wang gave up a meaningless pinch hit home run to Lane Thomas with two outs in the ninth.
With the win, the A’s remained 8.5 games behind Houston in the AL West, but only a 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay in the battle for the second Wild Card spot. The two teams return to the field to conclude the brief two game series Sunday afternoon at 1:05pm with Tanner Roark (6-7, 4.24) scheduled to make his Oakland debut after coming over from Cincinnati just before the trade deadline. He’ll be opposed by Adam Wainwright (7-7, 4.47).
The A’s made an abundance of roster moves prior to the game highlighted by Stephen Piscotty’s return to the active roster for the first time since suffering a right knee sprain on June 29.
Josh Phegley was placed on the IL with a deeply bruised left thumb while catcher Dustin Garneau was claimed off waivers from the Angels. Rookie catcher Beau Taylor, Franklin Barreto and Daniel Mengden were all optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas, and Ryan Dull and Andrew Triggs were designated for assignment
Pinder’s home run, his tenth, made him the ninth Oakland player to reach double figures this season. That ties the A’s franchise record set in 2000 and 2017.
Blake Treinen hasn’t allowed a run in his last seven appearances going back to July 17. He’s 4-0 with seven strikeouts in 6.1 innings during that stretch.