MLB

JJ Bleday’s two home runs carry Athletics past Pirates

May 1, 2024, 7:20 AM | Updated: 7:27 am

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 30: JJ Bleday #33 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by third ba...

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

JJ Bleday hit two home runs and the Oakland Athletics tied a season high with their third straight win in beating the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Mitch Spence (3-1) threw three shutout innings to pick up his third relief win of the year. Lucas Erceg and Mason Miller followed by each striking out the side, with Miller earning his eighth save.

Tyler Nevin and Abraham Toro each had two hits and drove in a run for the A’s, who won for the fifth time in six games.

Facing the same pitcher who surrendered his first major league hit while he was with the Miami Marlins in 2022, Bleday broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth-inning with a solo shot off Pirates starter Mitch Keller (2-3).

Athletics vs. Pirates recap

Bleday struck again in the seventh, this time with a two-run shot off Josh Fleming that increased the lead to 5-2.

The multi-homer game was the first of Bleday’s three-year career. The center fielder entered the contest with just one long ball this season, on April 2 against the Boston Red Sox.

His three RBIs increased his season total to nine.

Spence came on in relief of Alex Wood after the left-hander struggled through four innings but managed to leave a 2-2 tie. He threw 93 pitches, allowed four hits and four walks and struck out four.

Spence allowed an infield single on his third pitch to Connor Joe, then set down nine in a row.

Joe had his third home run of the season for the Pirates, who dropped their third straight. The solo shot came with two outs in the first inning.

After RBI singles by Toro and Nevin gave the A’s a 2-1 lead in the second, Pittsburgh tied the score for a final time on a sacrifice fly by Ke’Bryan Hayes in the fourth.

Keller went five innings and surrendered three runs on five hits. He walked two, hit a batter and struck out seven.

Joe had two of the Pirates’ five hits.

–Field Level Media

Upcoming Schedule for the Oakland Athletics

  • Monday, April 29-Wednesday, May 1st – vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Friday, May 3rd-Sunday, May 5th – vs. Miami Marlins
  • Monday, May 6th-Wednesday, May 8th – vs. Texas Rangers
  • Friday, May 10th-Sunday, May 12th – @ Seattle Mariners
  • Monday, May 13th-Thursday, May 16th – @ Houston Astros

Thank you for reading SactownSports.com. Follow us on Twitter and Google News, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Newsletter

MLB

Hogan Harris #63 of the Oakland Athletics pitches during the first inning of a baseball game agains...

Field Level Media

With Hogan Harris on mound, Athletics chase series win vs. Twins

The visiting Minnesota Twins will be hoping for more of the same while the Oakland Athletics could try something different when the clubs wrap up a three-game series on Sunday afternoon.

5 hours ago

Bailey Ober #17 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at...

Field Level Media

Athletics fall to Bailey Ober’s complete game

Bailey Ober pitched the first complete game of his career, Manuel Margot contributed a three-run home run to a seven-run second inning and the Minnesota Twins thumped the host Oakland Athletics 10-2 on Saturday afternoon.

20 hours ago

Heliot Ramos #17 of the San Francisco Giants reacts after not being able to catch a home run hit by...

Field Level Media

Alec Burleson blasts two homers as Cardinals beat Giants

Alec Burleson hit two homers and drove in five runs to propel the St. Louis Cardinals past the visiting San Francisco Giants 9-4 on Saturday.

22 hours ago

Shea Langeliers #23 and Mason Miller #19 of the Oakland Athletics celebrate their win over the Kans...

Field Level Media

Shea Langeliers’ two-run blast lifts Athletics over Twins

Shea Langeliers hit closer Jhoan Duran's third pitch of the eighth inning for a go-ahead home run, Oakland closer Mason Miller pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and the Athletics opened a three-game home series by beating the Minnesota Twins 6-5 on Friday night.

2 days ago

Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds is seen before the game between the St. Louis Ca...

Field Level Media

Barry Bonds, Willie Mays’ godson, attends Birmingham game

Barry Bonds paid tribute to his late godfather, Willie Mays, by attending the San Francisco Giants' game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday in Birmingham, Ala.

3 days ago

Taylor Rogers #33 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the 2024 Rickwood game between the San...

Field Level Media

Cardinals edge Giants in Negro Leagues tribute game

Brendan Donovan hit a two-run homer and an RBI single to propel the St. Louis Cardinals to a 6-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday in Birmingham, Ala., as Major League Baseball paid tribute to the Negro Leagues.

3 days ago

JJ Bleday’s two home runs carry Athletics past Pirates