Semien's grand slam helps lift Athletics past Giants, 8-5
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) —
Marcus Semien hit a grand slam off reliever George Kontos in the sixth inning, and the Oakland Athletics held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 8-5 on Monday night, hours after trading ace Sonny Gray.
Jed Lowrie had three hits and an RBI, Ryon Healy added a two-run single and Matt Joyce reached base four times and scored twice to help the A's get the upper hand in the Bay Bridge Series.
Bruce Maxwell drew a leadoff walk from Josh Osich (3-2) to begin the sixth. Pinch-hitter Rajai Davis followed with a one-out single before Osich walked Joyce to load the bases. Kontos replaced Osich to face Semien, who powered a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left-center for his second career grand slam.
Paul Blackburn (2-1), making the start after Gray was dealt to the New York Yankees, allowed five runs over five innings. Blake Treinen retired three batters for his first save in the AL this season.
Buster Posey and Brandon Belt had two hits apiece for the Giants. Posey struck out to end the seventh with the tying run at third.
Three years after winning its third World Series in a five-year span, San Francisco fell to 40-67, the worst record in baseball. The Giants dropped 35 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West -- the most they've been behind since the final day of the 1946 season.
Earlier in the day the A's shook up their roster with a pair of trades. Gray was shipped to the Yankees in exchange for three minor leaguers, and infielder Adam Rosales was sent to Arizona for minor league pitcher Jeferson Mejia.
Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto was shut down after three scoreless innings of his rehab start with Class-A San Jose. Cueto (blisters) had been scheduled to throw about 70 pitches but was removed after 34. He allowed two hits, struck out four and walked one. ... Closer Mark Melancon (right pronator strain) threw 15 pitches in one scoreless inning of work for Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday. The team has yet to decide when Melancon will throw again.
Athletics: IF/OF Chad Pinder was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list after being out more than a month with a strained left hamstring.
Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (5-11, 4.85 ERA) will attempt to win consecutive starts for only the second time this season, while the A's will counter with LHP Sean Manaea (8-5, 3.82 ERA) in the finale of the two-game series Tuesday at the Coliseum. Manaea has won seven of his last nine decisions.