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Brandon Pfaadt pitches six effective innings to lead Arizona Diamondbacks over Oakland Athletics

Brandon Pfaadt pitches six effective innings to lead Arizona Diamondbacks over Oakland Athletics

Brandon Pfaadt pitches six effective innings to lead Arizona Diamondbacks over Oakland Athletics

PHOENIX (AP) — Brandon Pfaadt pitched six innings of one-run ball and Blaze Alexander had a two-run single during Arizona’s three-run seventh inning, helping the Diamondbacks beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Sunday.

Alexander, batting for Joc Pederson, drove in Geraldo Perdomo and Corbin Carroll on a bases-loaded grounder to left field off Austin Adams. Carroll was hitting .196 with 23 strikeouts in 97 at-bats against lefties before hitting a one-out double off TJ McFarland (1-1).

Christian Walker followed Alexander’s game-winning swing with a single that drove in Ketel Marte for a 4-1 lead.

Joe Mantiply (3-1), Ryan Thompson and Paul Sewald held Oakland hitless over the final three innings.

Oakland has lost 12 of its last 13 road games. The A’s went 7-20 in June, their 11th consecutive month with a losing record, the longest in franchise history.

Oakland starter Luis Medina pitched six four-hit innings, breaking out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning. A’s starters posted an 8.31 ERA in their previous seven games before Medina’s start.

Zack Gelof hit the 9,000th home run in Oakland history, a tying solo shot in the fifth inning that grazed the outstretched glove of right fielder Jake McCarthy before going over the fence.

The home run came from Pfaadt, who struck out eight and limited Oakland to no hits in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Despite Monday’s day off, Arizona ace Zac Gallen will have four days of rest and pitch Thursday against the Dodgers.

“He was pounding the table to get as many starts as he could before the All-Star break,” manager Torey Lovullo said of Gallen, who missed a month with a hamstring strain before pitching six innings Saturday in a win over the A’s.

COACHES ROOM

Diamondbacks C Gabriel Moreno (sprained left thumb) could be activated as early as Tuesday. … OF Alek Thomas (strained left hamstring) will play another rehab game Monday for Triple-A Reno with the expectation he could also be activated Tuesday.

FOLLOWING

Athletics: Right-hander Mitch Spence (4-4, 4.35 ERA) is scheduled to face Los Angeles Angels right-hander José Soriano (4-5, 3.48 ERA) on Tuesday in the series opener at the Coliseum.

Diamondbacks: RHP Ryne Nelson (5-6, 5.69 ERA) is scheduled to face Los Angeles Dodgers RHP Bobby Miller (1-1, 6.75 ERA) on Tuesday in the series opener at Dodger Stadium.

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