PHOENIX (AP) — Oakland has recovered quite nicely from its 0-6 start to the season.
Matt Chapman homered among his three hits, Jed Lowrie added two hits and three RBIs, and the Athletics roughed up Madison Bumgarner in a 9-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.
Lowrie doubled home two runs in the third inning and singled and scored in a three-run fifth capped by Chapman’s second homer of the season for a 6-2 lead. The defending AL West champion A’s have won four of five after their early six-game losing streak.
“We got punched in the gut. It was a wakeup call,” Lowrie said. “We realized that we are not playing very well. We had to find a way. This is a talented group up and down the lineup.”
Bumgarner (0-2) gave up seven hits and six runs in 4 2/3 innings, with five strikeouts and three walks. He was removed after hitting Sean Murphy with a pitch following Chapman’s solo homer.
Bumgarner has allowed 22 hits and 12 walks in 13 2/3 innings this year, his latest struggles since signing an $85 million, five-year contract with Arizona as a free agent before last season. He was 1-4 with a 6.48 ERA in nine starts in 2020.
“I’ve got to give us a lot better chance than I did … than I have been doing,” Bumgarner said. “Nothing has been consistent for me. I haven’t been able to get ahead of guys, put guys away. Throwing a lot of pitches, getting behind too much.”
Ramon Laureano had two hits, two runs and two steals for Oakland. He leads the majors with seven stolen bases.
Arizona closed to 6-5 on run-scoring hits by Asdrubal Cabrera and David Peralta in the seventh inning before Oakland scored once in the eighth and twice in the ninth.
Chapman drove in Lowrie with a ninth-inning single and scored on Murphy’s double.