MICHAEL WAGAMAN | Associated Press
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The A’s blew a late lead by allowing four runs in the seventh inning to lose the opener of their series with the Cleveland Guardians 9-8 Friday night at the Coliseum.
Josh Naylor’s home run off Domingo Acevedo (0-1) came after the Guardians opened the seventh with three consecutive doubles, including José Ramírez’s two-run hit.
Sheldon Neuse had three hits and three RBIs for Oakland. Sean Murphy added a three-run homer as the A’s failed to hold leads of 4-1 and 8-5 in a game in which ace Frankie Montas struggled.
Montas allowed five runs in five innings and walked four — matching the total from his first four starts this season.
Ramírez also homered in his 1,000th career game with Cleveland, which broke a seven-game losing streak by winning for the first time since completing a sweep of the Chicago White Sox on April 21. Andrés Giménez hit his first career grand slam in the third inning.
Trevor Stephan (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Emmanuel Clase overcame Kevin Smith’s leadoff double in the ninth and picked up his third save.
Giménez and Myles Straw each had three hits for Cleveland.
Murphy’s three-run home run off Guardians starter Aaron Civale in the first snapped a 2-for-19 slump for the A’s catcher and helped the A’s take a 4-1 lead.
Civale struggled through another rough outing, allowing six runs in four innings. The right-hander has given up 15 earned runs over his last 11 innings — a 12.27 ERA in that span.
Giménez crushed a 3-2 pitch from Montas in the third inning after the A’s pitcher gave up a leadoff single and back-to-back walks.
MINORS GOLD GLOVE FOR PACHE
A’s center fielder Christian Pache was presented with a minor league Gold Glove by manager Mark Kotsay before the game for his work last season. Part of the trade that sent Matt Olson to Atlanta in March, Pache has made several spectacular catches for Oakland this season and likely will remain the starter there when Ramón Laureano returns from his MLB suspension in May.
Former A’s catcher and longtime broadcaster Ray Fosse, who passed away in October, was honored during a pregame ceremony when the team unveiled a large, yellow RAY logo with a microphone on the outfield wall in left-center field.
Athletics: 2B Tony Kemp left in the seventh, one inning after getting hit by a pitch. Kevin Smith, activated off the 10-day injured list before the game, replaced Kemp. … 1B Mickey McDonald was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas and RHP Ryan Castellani was returned to Las Vegas.
Athletics LHP Cole Irvin (2-1, 3.32 ERA) faces Cleveland for the first time since 2019 when he pitched as a reliever. RHP Shane Bieber (0-2, 3.71 ERA) goes for the Guardians. The 2020 AL Cy Young winner is coming off his longest outing of the season, when he lasted 6 1/3 innings against the Angels.
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