Piscotty added a run-scoring single to finish
with four RBIs for Oakland, which earned its seventh win in nine
games. Matt Olson added a pair of RBIs, while Mark Canha and
Chad Pinder drove in one run apiece.
Kris Bryant hit a two-run homer for the Cubs, whose four-game
winning streak came to an end. Kyle Schwarber also drove in two
Oakland left-hander Brett Anderson (10-7) posted a quality start
and reached double-digit victories for the first time since
2015. He held the Cubs to two runs on seven hits in six innings,
walking one and striking out three.
Cubs left-hander Jon Lester (9-8) gave up 11 runs (10 earned) on
10 hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out six as
his ERA ballooned from 3.86 to 4.46.
The A's pounced on Lester for eight runs in the second inning.
Canha started the outburst when he tripled to lead off the
inning and came home to score on a one-out single to right field
by Piscotty. Robbie Grossman's single put two runners on base
for Garneau, who clubbed a three-run shot over the wall in left
field to make it 4-0. It was Garneau's third homer of the season
and only the eighth of his five-season career.
Olson added a two-run single several batters later. Matt Chapman
scored on an error by Victor Caratini and Olson scored on a
groundout by Pinder before the inning was over.
A bad night grew worse for Lester in the fourth. He walked
Chapman to lead off the inning and allowed a two-out single to
Pinder before surrendering a three-run shot to Piscotty to make
it 11-0. Piscotty turned on a 1-1 pitch and drove it to left
field for his 10th homer.
The Cubs broke the shutout in the sixth on a mammoth home run by
Bryant that traveled an estimated 439 feet. He took Anderson
deep to left field for his 22nd homer of the season and his
first in the past 10 games.
Schwarber added a two-run single in the ninth.
--Field Level Media
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