Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Athletics’ incredible slide continued last night, as they fell 4-2 to the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.

Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales, and Logan Morrison all homered for Seattle. James Paxton struck out eight while allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings to get the victory. The A’s made things interesting in the top of the ninth inning by getting two on with nobody out, but closer Fernando Rodney was able to retire the next three batters to work out of the jam and lock down the win.

Amazingly, the Athletics have now lost 22 out of their last 31 games and sit just a half-game in front of the Mariners for the top Wild Card spot in the American League. The series will continue tonight with Sonny Gray going for Oakland and Felix Hernandez on the hill for Seattle.

Your Friday box scores:

Athletics 2, Mariners 4

Yankees 1, Orioles 2 (11 innings)/Yankees 0, Orioles 5

Marlins 1, Phillies 3 (10 innings)

Cubs 3, Pirates 7

Rays 1, Blue Jays 0

Braves 1, Rangers 2

Nationals 3, Mets 4

Indians 2, Tigers 7

Reds 2, Brewers 3

Rockies 1, Cardinals 5

Red Sox 4, Royals 2

Padres 6, Diamondbacks 5

Astros 3, Angels 11

Dodgers 0, Giants 9

Twins/White Sox – PPD

Nick Pivetta to rejoin Phillies’ rotation

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Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Nick Pivetta will rejoin the Phillies’ rotation, starting Tuesday’s series opener at home against the Cardinals. Vince Velasquez will remain in the bullpen.

Pivetta, 26, allowed 17 earned runs on 31 hits and eight walks with 16 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings across his first four starts of the season. The performance resulted in a demotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. In six starts there, Pivetta had a much better 3.41 ERA with a 50/20 K/BB ratio in 37 innings of work.

Velasquez, 26, was solid as a starter, posting a 3.99 ERA across six starts. However, he averaged under five innings and 92 pitches per start. The right-hander tossed two scoreless innings out of the bullpen on Friday against the Brewers but was torched for four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Sunday. Mixed results, to say the least. The Phillies are trying to do what they can with their bullpen, currently missing David Robertson, Tommy Hunter, Pat Neshek, and Vìctor Arano.