Mitch Moreland homered twice, Chris Bassitt posted his AL-leading 12th win and the Oakland Athletics routed the Cleveland Indians 17-0 on Thursday for their seventh straight victory.
By the end, the only drama involved Matt Chapman, who walked in his first five plate appearances for Oakland. The remaining fans from the crowd of 16,559 on a sweltering afternoon were cheering for a record-tying sixth walk when he batted in the ninth inning, and expressed their disappointment after he struck out swinging against Blake Parker on a 1-2 pitch.
Bryce Harper, Jeff Bagwell and Jimmie Foxx share the major league mark of six walks in a game. Chapman became the first Oakland player since Mark McGwire in 1997 to walk five times.
Matt Canha and Starling Marte each drove in three runs and Chapman scored three times as the Athletics moved a season-high 18 games over .500, enjoying an easy day after rallying for late victories the previous two nights.
Bassitt (12-3) allowed three hits in six innings, striking out six and walking two. The right-hander has a nine-game road winning streak, tying Bob Welch’s club record set in 1989-90. Bassitt hasn’t lost away from home since Sept. 12, 2020.
Bassitt, who also ranks first in the AL with 150 innings, is a native of Toledo and pitched at the University of Akron.
Oakland scored three times in the second off Eli Morgan (1-5). The rookie allowed five runs in four innings.
Five Cleveland pitchers walked 10 and hit three batters.
TAKE A DAY
Jed Lowrie, who drove in the deciding runs Tuesday and Wednesday, was given the day off by Oakland manager Bob Melvin.
“Typically he does have these day games off especially when he played in the field the night before,” Melvin said.
Lowrie’s double in the 10th inning Tuesday gave Oakland a 4-3 win and he hit a three-run homer in the eighth for a 6-3 victory Wednesday.
ON THE HILL
Cleveland ace Shane Bieber is scheduled to throw off the mound for the first time since straining his right shoulder June 13. The bullpen session for the reigning AL Cy Young winner is expected to be Friday or Saturday.
Aaron Civale will pitch a simulated game at Class A Lake County on Friday. He’s been out since June 22 with a strained right middle finger.
Athletics: 2B Josh Harrison returned after not playing Wednesday because of a bruised left hand and was removed after drawing a walk in his only at-bat. He was hit by a pitch Tuesday.
Indians: RHP Nick Sandlin (strained right shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list … LHP Alex Young, a native of suburban Westlake, was called up from Triple-A Columbus. … OF Harold Ramirez was out of the lineup with a sore right knee.
Athletics: LHP Cole Irvin (8-10) will pitch the opener of a three-game series in Texas on Friday night.
Indians: RHP Zach Plesac (6-4) will look for his first win since July 28 at Detroit on Friday night.