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The ball carries just about anywhere at Coors Field, but the Oakland A¨s didn¨t need much help from the ballpark conditions.
The A¨s collected 12 hits in a 9-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night. That included multi-hit games from Sean Murphy, who had three, Mark Canha, Jed Lowrie and Matt Olson and four big hits with an exit velocity well above 100 mph.
Canha has become a potent on-base force atop the lineup this year because of his patient, selective approach at the plate. He entered Friday¨s game with a .382 OBP, ranked seventh among AL hitters, and 13th ranked .868 OPS. On this rare trip to Coors Field, Canha went a little more aggressive earlier in at-bats, particularly in the early innings. He saw seven total pitches from Rockies starter Jon Gray; the first four for a walk, the seventh he touched 105 mph for a solo home run hit to the opposite field, his 11th of the season.
＾That¨s one of my better games this year all things considered, walks and on-base and slugging,￣ Canha said. ＾When it goes well it usually goes something like that for me, and when it goes bad it can be bad. We saw examples of the good and the bad and everything in between the last couple weeks and that¨s baseball.￣
Canha collected his second RBI later on a double hit 106mph, he¨d reach base four times on Friday. But his home run ignited a three-run third inning that began with Matt Olson¨s single tapped the other way, Seth Brown¨s walk and bumped Rockies starter Jon Gray out of the game apparently injured with trainers. The rally continued against reliever Chi Chi Gonzalez with Sean Murphy¨s RBI single and Matt Chapman¨s sacrifice fly to give the A¨s a 6-0 lead in the third inning.
Murphy also couldn¨t stay off base in his three-hit game.?Most impressive was his opposite field home run hit 110mph. The A¨s night at the plate was an offensive peak after a lull that saw five straight games without a home run. A lull that is natural when a team plays 16 consecutive games; the A¨s had a much-needed day off on Thursday in Denver.
＾We have a great lineup,￣ Canha said. ＾The reality of it is I think just through the course of a season you¨re not always just going to bang out six, seven or eight runs.
＾There¨s kind of some peaks and valleys, and we kind of hit a little slow patch there for a while and we broke it open a little bit today.￣
Frankie Montas copes with Coors weirdness:?Innings can run up and over a pitcher at Coors, but A¨s starter Montas was able to keep a scary inning at bay, for the most part.
Montas usually thrives on use of his splitter and heavy sinker, but neither pitch moved or dropped like they typically do.
＾It¨s weird to pitch here, the pitches don¨t move how you want it,￣ Montas said.
The early six-run cushion a welcome sight for Montas, he quelled the Rockies attempts to chip away. Though he only struck out one batter, he only walked one and gave up three runs in five innings.
＾Maybe not his best game but got a win,￣ manager Bob Melvin said. ＾Gives up three runs, doing a good job in this place, especially the way the ball was carrying tonight.￣
At 69 pitches, Melvin said Montas could have gone another inning, but National League ballpark strategies dictated otherwise. Melvin needed to pinch hit Mitch Moreland with a scoring threat afoot in the sixth inning. Moreland hit into a double play, but Canha knocked Chapman home for a much-needed seventh run.
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