New A's pitcher shines in win against Dodgers
OAKLAND — Newly acquired Mike Fiers pitched 5⅓ strong innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Wednesday night.
The A’s broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning when Khris Davis hit a fielder’s choice grounder off Dodgers reliever J.T. Chargois (2-3), scoring Marcus Semien from third.
Dodgers third baseman Manny Machado fielded Davis’ bouncer and fired home to catcher Yasmani Grandal, but Grandal never had control of the ball when he swipe-tagged Semien. Grandal was charged with an error on the play.
Semien singled leading off the inning. He almost got doubled off first on Matt Chapman’s fly ball to Cody Bellinger in center. His throw back to first was off-line. Jed Lowrie followed with a hit that sent Semien to third.
Jeurys Familia (3-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win and Blake Treinen worked the ninth for his 29th save in 33 chances.
Second baseman Lowrie made a running catch with Yasiel Puig at second for the final out to preserve the win.
Oakland won for the seventh time in eight games and improved to 34-11 going back to June 16, the best record in the majors over that stretch.
The A’s closed to within five games of idle Houston, which leads the AL West.
The Dodgers fell a half game behind Arizona, which beat Philadelphia on Wednesday to move into first place in the NL West.
Fiers gave up one run on four hits. He struck out eight and walked none.
He didn’t allow a base runner until Grandal led off the fifth with his 20th home run.
Fiers was with the Houston Astros when he pitched a no-hitter against the Dodgers on Aug. 22, 2015.
The A’s, desperate to add depth to an injury depleted rotation, acquired the 33-year-old right-hander from the Tigers on Monday for two players to be named or cash. He became the 13th starter the A’s sent to the mound this season.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw gave up two runs in six innings. He remains winless in four starts against Oakland despite posting a 1.38 ERA over that stretch.
Kershaw is 2-1 with a 2.10 ERA since the All-Star break.
Dodgers: LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left groin strain) pitched in a rehab game for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. He threw 71 pitches and topped out at 91 mph, Roberts said. Ryu will throw again in five or six days, possibly for Los Angeles, manager Dave Roberts said. “To Ryu’s credit, he pitched well, he feels well, and so to make our decision more difficult, that’s a good thing for the Dodgers,” Roberts said. ... LHP Alex Wood (left adductor tendinitis) pitched three innings in a simulated game on Tuesday. “At that point we’ll figure out where to plug him in,” Roberts said.
Dodgers: Ross Stripling (8-3, 2.68 ERA) will come of the DL (right first toe inflammation) to pitch Thursday’s series opener against the Rockies in Colorado.
Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (2-3, 4.64 ERA) will pitch Friday’s series opener against the Angels in Los Angeles on Friday. Anderson is 2-1 with a 2.96 ERA since coming off the DL on July 8.