OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jeurys Familia gave up a one-run lead in the ninth, Cincinnati’s Jake Fraley hit a broken-bat double and the Oakland Athletics set a major-league record of 28 games to begin a season without a win by the starting pitcher in Saturday’s 3-2 loss.
A’s starter Kyle Muller tossed five innings and was in line to finally break the notorious streak. But Familia (0-1) walked Henry Ramos, surrendered Kevin Newman’s single, then walked Nick Senzel. Fraley delivered one out later.
Cincinnati’s Casey Legumina (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win and Alexis Díaz got his fourth save with a three strikeout ninth inning.
Luke Maile homered leading off the third for the Reds, who have won five straight on the heels of a season-worst six-game losing streak.
Aledmys Díaz and Jordan Díaz hit consecutive RBI singles in the second for the A’s against Reds right-hander and opening day starter Hunter Greene. Facing Oakland for the first time in his career, Greene matched his season high with 10 strikeouts while walking three and allowing two unearned runs on five hits over five innings.
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Oakland drew an announced crowd of 7,052. That means half of their 14 home games have had attendance under 10,000. It came a day after just 6,423 fans showed up for the Athletics’ first home game since announcing a deal for land to build a ballpark in Las Vegas.
Oakland has dropped its initial nine series of the season. The A’s fell to to 4-23 in April, already having a franchise record for losses in the month.
LHP Nick Lodolo (2-1, 6.31 ERA) pitches for Cincinnati in Sunday’s series finale. He’ll face the A’s for the first time in his career opposite fellow southpaw Ken Waldichuk (0-2, 7.82), who is coming off three straight no-decisions after losing his initial two outings of 2023.
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