OAKLAND, Calif. – Brian Anderson homered, Pablo López pitched six scoreless innings and the Miami Marlins withstood Oakland’s ninth-inning rally to beat the Athletics 5-3 on Tuesday night.
López (8-8) struck out five, allowing four hits and two walks in his first career start against Oakland. The right-hander snapped a three-game losing streak.
“I’m grateful for every single opportunity,” López said. “I’m just looking to go out there and perform, give my team a chance and not take anything for granted.”
Added Marlins manager Don Mattingly: “You know Pablo’s going to keep coming and keep fighting and get better. I thought he located the ball really well today as the game went on.”
Anderson broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning with a solo home run to left. Miami added four runs in the sixth on RBI singles from Jesús Aguilar and Jacob Stallings and a two-run double by Jerar Encarnación.
“That was fun,” Anderson said. “We had good life in the dugout the whole time, trying to keep that rhythm and that flow going. It was a fun one today.”
The A’s got on the board in the ninth inning on an RBI single by Stephen Vogt, ending a 17-inning scoreless streak. Shea Langeliers followed with an RBI double and Jonah Bride added a sacrifice fly to bring Oakland within two.
But with a runner on third and two outs, Tanner Scott retired Sheldon Neuse on a grounder to shortstop to earn his 19th save in 24 opportunities.
“That club in there, they fight, and it showed again tonight,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “They didn’t just shut it down and they haven’t done that all year.”
Athletics rookie Zach Logue lost his fourth consecutive start despite a career-high seven strikeouts. Logue (3-8) gave up two runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Oakland reliever Domingo Acevedo surrendered three runs in two-thirds of an inning.
The A’s drew an attendance of 4,028 a night after their second-smallest crowd of 2,630. Oakland fell to 19-41 at home, clinching a losing home record for the first time since 2016.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Joel Payamps made his first appearance for Oakland since being claimed off waivers Saturday, pitching two scoreless innings of relief. Payamps was the 56th different player to appear in a game for the A’s this season, tying the franchise record set by the 1915 Philadelphia Athletics.
CATCHING UP WITH AN OLD FRIEND
Before the game, Mattingly got to chat with Hall of Famer and former teammate Rickey Henderson.
“Probably the best player I ever played with,” Mattingly said. “Maybe the best player I’ve ever seen from the standpoint of this guy changed the game.”
Best known for his 14 seasons with the A’s, Henderson played alongside Mattingly with the Yankees from 1985-89. The pair combined to make nine All-Star Games during that span.
“He’d hit a ball in the seats,” Mattingly recalled. “If you walked him, he was going to (steal) a bag. He was a really good defender in the outfield. He just changed the game. This guy had more effect on a game than almost anybody I think I’ve ever seen.”
Marlins: 1B Garrett Cooper (concussion) began a rehab assignment at Single-A Jupiter, going 1 for 3 with an RBI single and a walk. Mattingly expects Cooper to play one or two more games with Jupiter before rejoining the Marlins.
Athletics: OF Ramón Laureano (strained left oblique) took more swings and ran on the field before the game. “He said he still feels great,” Kotsay said. “I think the progression is to, toward the end of the week, hit off a velo machine and see where we’re at.” Laureano is not expected to require a rehab assignment. ... RHP Brent Honeywell (stress reaction in right elbow) made a rehab appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas, allowing three runs on three hits in one inning of relief.
LHP Jesús Luzardo (3-5, 3.44 ERA) returns to Oakland to face his former team for the first time. Luzardo began his major league career with the A’s in 2019, going 5-6 with a 4.79 ERA in parts of three seasons.
LHP Cole Irvin (6-11, 3.33) pitches for Oakland, trying to snap a four-start losing streak this month. Irvin has allowed a home run in each of his last five outings.