The Associated PressOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Triggs feels as though he’s just starting to hit his stride, which is remarkable considering the Athletics pitcher has yet to give up an earned run this season.
Given how effective the right-hander was with a slow breaking ball against Texas, it’s a tough point to argue.
Triggs allowed three hits over six innings to outpitch Yu Darvish, and Oakland beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 on Tuesday night.
In doing so, Triggs extended his streak to 17⅔ innings without allowing an earned run — an Oakland record for starting pitchers to begin a season.
“I’d say of the three starts so far, this probably [was] as sharp [as] all three [pitches] have been together,” Triggs said. “That was encouraging from the beginning, to mix the bigger breaking ball in more. We were just able to mix and match pretty well.”
Triggs (3-0) gave up two unearned runs, didn’t walk a batter and had five strikeouts. He is the first A’s starter to win his first three starts of the season since Tommy Milone in 2013.
“Pretty amazing,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “To do what he’s done to this point, I’m not going to say it’s a surprise, but it’s definitely welcome.”
Adam Rosales hit a two-run homer and Khris Davis added a sacrifice fly as part of a four-run sixth as the A’s overcame their majors-leading 17th error to snap a four-game losing streak.
Darvish (1-2) faced the minimum through five, but came apart in the sixth and lost for the fourth time in six starts at the Oakland Coliseum. The Texas right-hander allowed four runs in 5⅓ innings with two walks and four strikeouts.
“It looked like he lost a little feel for the baseball,” Rangers manager Jeff Banister said of his starter. “He was brilliant through five, as good as we’ve seen him this year, and it just seemed like he lost a little feel for the baseball.”
Marlins miss no-no
SEATTLE (AP) — Chen Wei-yin (2-0) and two relievers fell two outs shy of Miami’s first combined no-hitter and the Marlins one-hit the Seattle Mariners in a 5-0 victory Tuesday night.
The Marlins were on the verge of the sixth no-hitter in franchise history when Mitch Haniger lined a one-out double into right-center field off Kyle Barraclough. The right-hander recovered to strike out Robinson Cano and get Nelson Cruz to line out to end it.
Chen (2-0) did the heavy lifting, silencing the Mariners for seven innings. He was pulled by manager Don Mattingly after throwing 100 pitches, and the bullpen sought to finish what the left-hander from Taiwan had started. Brad Ziegler got three groundouts to get through the eighth, including close plays at first base to get Leonys Martin and Jarrod Dyson, but Haniger got the better of Barraclough, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Mariners will honor Ichiro Suzuki with a unique collectable during the series finale against the Miami Marlins. Dubbed the “Ichiro Dual Bobblehead,” the statue portrays Suzuki with the Mariners and Marlins.
The Seattle representation honors the 2004 season when Suzuki set the record for most hits in one season with 262. The Miami half recognizes Suzuki’s 3,000th hit last season with the Marlins.