Fiers, lights-out bullpen help Athletics beat Rockies 3-1

Mike Fiers threw six sharp innings earlier than turning it over to a lights-out bullpen and the Oakland Athletics snapped a six-game skid in opposition to the Colorado Rockies with a Three-1 win

DENVER — Mike Fiers threw six sharp innings earlier than turning it over to a lights-out bullpen and the Oakland Athletics snapped a six-game skid in opposition to the Colorado Rockies with a Three-1 win Wednesday.

Subsequent up, a well-earned day without work for the Athletics, who’ve performed 16 video games in 13 days. They completed the stretch Nine-7.

Fiers (6-2) won’t throw difficult — his fastball mechanically hits the higher 80s — however he restricted Colorado to a run through blending in an efficient slider and change-up. The Rockies had been 1-for-Eight with runners in scoring place in opposition to the 35-year-old Fiers.

The bullpen with the most efficient ERA in baseball took it from there. Jake Diekman struck out 3 over 1 third innings. He hasn’t allowed a run in 17 third innings this season. Liam Hendriks were given the general 5 outs to pick out up his 13th save in 14 possibilities.

Tony Kemp made an acrobatic transfer to attain the sport’s first run. Stuck in a rundown heading for house, he someway swerved across the tag of first baseman Josh Fuentes — who was once protecting the plate — and touched house along with his left hand as he tumbled to the dust.

Jake Lamb had two hits, together with an RBI unmarried as a part of a two-run 6th that gave the Athletics a Three-1 lead. Lamb is five for 11 since agreeing to phrases with Oakland on Sept. 14 after being launched through Arizona. He was once five for 43 with the Diamondbacks this season.

It was once some other hard-luck loss for Rockies ace Germán Márquez (2-6), whose final win was once Aug. Four. After combating along with his command early, the hard-throwing righty discovered his rhythm in permitting 3 runs over 6 2/Three innings. He struck out six and issued a season-high 4 walks.

The Rockies are trending the improper method as they are trying to stick within the playoff chase. After beginning 11-Three, they have long gone 11-23 since Aug. Nine. It’s the worst successful share within the majors over that span.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Umpiring workforce: First-base umpire Alfonso Marquez took a ball off his leg on a pickoff try. He remained within the sport.

Rockies: RHP Jon Grey (sore shoulder) was once close down for the season. The 28-year-old final pitched on Sept. 1 earlier than going at the injured listing with what was once described as irritation in his shoulder. Grey completed the season 2-Four with a 6.69 ERA.

BIG COMEBACK

Rockies supervisor Bud Black despatched a congratulatory textual content to Nuggets trainer Michael Malone, whose group rallied from a Three-1 deficit to overcome the Los Angeles Clippers in Recreation 7 in their playoff collection. The Nuggets are headed to the Western Convention finals after their 2nd directly comeback from a Three-1 collection deficit.

Denver become the 3rd group within the U.S. main professional sports activities to rally from a couple of Three-1 deficits in the similar postseason, becoming a member of the 2003 Minnesota Wild and a squad Black is aware of nicely — the 1985 Kansas Town Royals. Black seemed in 5 playoff video games because the Royals captured a International Collection name that season.

“You don’t see it so much,” Black mentioned of the Nuggets, who subsequent face the Los Angeles Lakers. “With a bit of luck, they don’t get down Three-1. In the event that they do, good day, they’re by no means out of it. They’ve confirmed that.”

UP NEXT

Athletics: After an off day, open a three-game collection in opposition to San Francisco on Friday.

Rockies: Start a four-game collection in opposition to the NL-leading Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Lefty Kyle Freeland (2-1, Three.54 ERA) is going for Colorado whilst lefty Julio Urías (Three-Zero, Three.53) throws for the Dodgers.

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