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Triston McKenzie pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings and the Cleveland Guardians beat the Athletics 7-3 on Sunday to complete their first sweep at Oakland in 22 years.
Franmil Reyes, mired in a 1-for-27 slump early in the day, hit a two-run single in the third when Cleveland scored four times to take control at 5-0. Andres Gimenez had two hits and an RBI, going 6 for 12 with six RBIs in the three-game series.
McKenzie (1-2) held the A’s to three hits, struck out seven and walked one as Cleveland swept a series at the Oakland Coliseum for the first time since April 10-12, 2000.
“Really powerful, really violent stuff,” Cleveland wide receiver Luke Maile said of McKenzie’s outing. “Calling pitches for a guy like that is terribly fun because even when he has other things on his mind, you really can’t go wrong when he’s executing well. »
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It was a rebound weekend for the Guardians, who arrived in the Bay Area after losing seven straight. They are 10-12 overall as they return home after a 10-game road trip.
“The game is fluid,” manager Terry Francona said. “We were very streaky. So far, the negative footage has outweighed the good, but hopefully we’re changing that. We’ve played better baseball the last three days. »
The A’s, who have lost six of their last eight games, did not advance a runner to third base before the seventh inning.
A three-run rally in the ninth helped Oakland avoid a shutout, as Christian Bethancourt and Kevin Smith delivered RBI doubles and Chad Pinder hit a sacrifice fly.
James Kaprielian (0-1), making his season debut for Oakland after being sidelined with a shoulder injury, walked four bases and failed to come out of third.
“It didn’t go well today,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to Kap yet, but it just seemed like he was really working. And he didn’t really feel like he could command the fastball in the area. »
Kaprielian was retired after walking the first three batters in the third, and Reyes hosted reliever Jake Lemoine with a two-run single to right center that made it 3-0.
Reyes, who had the day off Saturday to clear his head amid his slump, had retired 14 of his previous 18 plate appearances before his hit. He went 1 of 5 with three strikeouts on Sunday.
The A’s offered an RHP Adam Oller option to Triple-A Las Vegas to clear a spot for Kaprielian on the active roster. Oller started the season as Oakland’s fifth starter but went 0-2 with an 11.17 ERA over three starts in his first taste of the majors.
Oller was acquired from the Mets as part of the deal that sent starter Chris Bassitt to New York.
Goaltenders: SS Amed Rosario missed a second straight game with a sore left wrist, despite batting into the batting cage on Sunday morning. Francona expressed optimism that Rosario will return Tuesday against San Diego.
“We have a day off tomorrow,” Francona said. “It will give him a chance to be OK. »
Athletics: C Stephen Vogt, in IL 15 days with a sprained right knee, continues to treat the injury and his return schedule is unknown.
After a day off Monday, the Guardians will send RHP Zach Plesac (1-2, 3.80) to the mound on Tuesday against San Diego to open a six-game homestand. RHP Daulton Jefferies (1-3, 3.26) starts for the A’s Monday in Game 1 of a three-game series against Tampa Bay.