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Recap: Sonny Gray Throws Complete-Game Shutout In A’s Win Over Dodgers



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Anderson managed an relatively stress-free fifth inning, retiring the side in order. Andre Ethier drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the fifth, but was then caught stealing with Alberto Callaspo at the plate. Callaspo wound up flying out and the Dodgers still trailed 1-0 through five innings.

Marcus Semien hit a leadoff single in the sixth, then moved into scoring position on a Brett Lawrie tapper in front of the plate. With two outs Semien attempted to steal third base and was initially ruled safe. However, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly successfully challenged the call and the out ended the inning.

Anderson hit for himself with one out in the bottom of the sixth and struck out swinging. Gray kept the Dodgers off the board by striking out Pederson a third time in the game. Reddick improved to 3-for-3 on the night with a one-out home run in the seventh that extended the A’s’ lead to 2-0.

Howie Kendrick’s leadoff single in the bottom of the seventh went to waste, though Gray needed some help from Semien, who snagged a Yasmani Grandal liner for the second out. Yasiel Puig struck out swinging and the Dodgers were unable to make any headway.

As if he weren’t doing enough from the mound, Gray led off the eighth with a base hit to right field. Pedro Baez worked around it to throw a scoreless inning of relief. Having only thrown 80 pitches, Gray took the mound in the bottom of the eighth and retired the Dodgers in order yet again.

Gray completed his impressive night by allowing only a two-out base hit in the ninth to wrap up a complete-game shutout in the A’s’ 2-0 win.

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