A’s blast four homers, snap losing streak in win vs. Guardians originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
At long last, the Athletics’ losing streak is over.
Losers of 10-straight games, Oakland snapped its longest losing streak of the season with a 10-5 win over the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field on Saturday.
With the A’s trailing 5-2 heading into the top of the seventh inning, Oakland scored one run on a fielder’s choice with one out in the inning before Seth Brown came to the plate three batters later and launched his first career grand slam, a majestic blast that gave the A’s a 7-5 lead.
Brown’s home run would be the first of four total blasts, with designated hitter Stephen Vogt, first baseman Christian Bethancourt and catcher Sean Murphy each launching home runs of their own, providing the A’s shaky bullpen with enough insurance runs.
A’s manager Mark Kotsay believes the at-bats his team had today were indicative of a recent trend he’s seen from his hitters, with it finally coming together on the day after Oakland’s losing streak hit double-digits.
“That seventh inning I thought at-bats were probably the best of the season,” Kotsay told reporters after the game. “But we’ve been headed that direction … the offense over the last few weeks, we haven’t scored but our at-bats have been better and today we scored. Big at-bat by [Seth Brown] there to put us ahead … great at-bat actually.
“We haven’t had a comeback like that this year and it was good to see. Obviously with where we’re at right now in this stretch to come back and win a game against a good team, a hot team, hopefully, we use this momentum into tomorrow and are able to capture one more out of here.”
Starting pitcher Frankie Montas (6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) got the win despite a lackluster performance on the mound. He gave credit to the A’s offense for picking him up.
“It’s always good to get a win,” Montas said postgame. “Even though it wasn’t my day, the guys backed me up, the…