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Sport Lamb homers, A's move closer to AL West title, beat Giants

04:00  20 september  2020
04:00  20 september  2020 Source:   ap.org

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a baseball player throwing a ball: Oakland Athletics second baseman Tommy La Stella (3) throws to first base after forcing out San Francisco Giants' Donovan Solano at second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) © APWF Oakland Athletics second baseman Tommy La Stella (3) throws to first base after forcing out San Francisco Giants' Donovan Solano at second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer once Oakland finally got to San Francisco's bullpen, and the playoff-bound Athletics beat the Giants by the same 6-0 score for a second straight game Saturday.

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Lefty starter Jesus Luzardo (3-2) gave up five hits over six innings, striking out seven without a walk. He ended a four-start winless stretch.

The A's clinched their third straight postseason berth with a 6-0 win Friday night and were closing in on the club's first AL West crown since 2013. Oakland would clinch the division crown with a loss by Houston to Arizona later at night.

Kevin Gausman (3-3) struck out six in six innings and stymied the slugging A's after missing his last turn because of elbow soreness. He didn't allow a baserunner until Mark Canha's two-out walk in the fourth, and Matt Olson's RBI single moments later got Oakland on the board.

The Giants, dealing with an injury-plagued outfield, gave up a triple to Tommy La Stella in a five-run seventh when a backpedaling Maricio Dubon couldn't make a catch on the warning track in center field. Marcus Semien followed with an RBI double.

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a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Oakland Athletics' Jake Lamb (4) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run that scored Stephen Piscotty (25) during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Also pictured at left is Giants catcher Joey Bart. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) © APWF Oakland Athletics' Jake Lamb (4) celebrates after hitting a two-run home run that scored Stephen Piscotty (25) during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Also pictured at left is Giants catcher Joey Bart. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Lamb homered for the second time in five games since signing with the A's after being released by Arizona.

Right fielder Stephen Piscotty had a hit in his return to the Oakland lineup after missing four games with a sprained right knee.

HONORING RBG

A moment of silence was held before first pitch to pay tribute to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at age 87.

QUIET BATS

Cutouts are seated at Oakland Coliseum as San Francisco Giants' Kevin Gausman pitches to Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) © APWF Cutouts are seated at Oakland Coliseum as San Francisco Giants' Kevin Gausman pitches to Oakland Athletics' Matt Olson during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Giants lost for the fifth time in seven games while being held to one or fewer runs in each of those defeats.

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San Francisco - 9-17 on the road - has dropped all five games to the A's so far in the interleague series, outscored 42-16.

BEST TWO OF THREE

How do the A's feel about a short, best-of-three playoff series to start?

a baseball player pitching a ball on a field: Oakland Athletics second baseman Tommy La Stella makes a fielding error on a ground ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Luis Alexander Basabe during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) © APWF Oakland Athletics second baseman Tommy La Stella makes a fielding error on a ground ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Luis Alexander Basabe during the third inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Manager Bob Melvin made one thing clear: ''We'd like to play at home.''

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Oakland Athletics' Mark Canha (20) is congratulated by Stephen Piscotty after scoring against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) © APWF Oakland Athletics' Mark Canha (20) is congratulated by Stephen Piscotty after scoring against the San Francisco Giants in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

''It's better than one,'' said Melvin, whose club lost the AL wld-card game each of the past two years after 97-win regular seasons. ''At least it's a three-game series, which is more like baseball. I certainly understand the wild-card dynamic. Its's winner-take-all, it's great theater. There have been a lot of really good games, too. I don't know that winning your division gives you that big of an advantage like maybe it has in the past yet if you do you get all three games at home, which is an advantage. This is just a different season. I don't critique good or bad.''

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a batter catcher and umpire during a baseball game: Oakland Athletics third baseman Jake Lamb, right, tags out San Francisco Giants' Donovan Solano during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) © APWF Oakland Athletics third baseman Jake Lamb, right, tags out San Francisco Giants' Donovan Solano during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: RF Mike Yastrzemski, who left Thursday's win against Seattle in the third with tightness in his right calf, missed a second straight game but remains day to day and not an injured list candidate at this stage. ... RHP Jeff Samardzija, sidelined by an inflamed pitching shoulder, and RHP Reyes Moronta (right shoulder surgery) continue to progress with throwing programs at Sacramento as the season nears its end. They haven't been ruled out to return. ''Everything is on the table. This is a stretch of games that's going to determine our ability to get into the postseason,'' manager Gabe Kapler said. ''We want to preserve as many options as possible. We're going to keep pushing until they're no longer options. I still see both Samardzija and Moronta as options for us.''

a man standing on a baseball field: Oakland Athletics second baseman Tommy La Stella (3) throws out San Francisco Giants' Darin Ruf at first base during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) © APWF Oakland Athletics second baseman Tommy La Stella (3) throws out San Francisco Giants' Darin Ruf at first base during the first inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Athletics: INF Chad Pinder, on the injured list with a strained right hamstring, is yet to resume baseball activity but could do so when the team comes back from its upcoming road trip. ... Melvin will look to get at-bats for Khris Davis while resting some regulars when he can down the stretch. ... RHP Frankie Montas is back from the paternity list and will pitch again during the upcoming visit to Dodger Stadium beginning Tuesday.

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a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field: San Francisco Giants' Austin Slater (13) kneels during the national anthem before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) © APWF San Francisco Giants' Austin Slater (13) kneels during the national anthem before a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

ROSTER MOVES

The Giants recalled INF Daniel Robertson and LHP Wandy Peralta from their Sacramento alternate site and placed OF Alex Dickerson placed on the paternity list. LHP Andrew Suarez was optioned to Sacramento.

UP NEXT

a sign on the side of a building: A flag flies at half-staff at Oakland Coliseum during a moment of silence for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before a baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) © APWF A flag flies at half-staff at Oakland Coliseum during a moment of silence for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before a baseball game between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

RHP Johnny Cueto (2-1, 4.78 ERA) tries to snap a four-start winless stretch after losing his last time out at San Diego. The A's counter with LHP Mike Minor (1-5, 5.40), coming off a victory in his first start with Oakland.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field: Oakland Athletics players and staff observe a moment of silence for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) © APWF Oakland Athletics players and staff observe a moment of silence for Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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