No need for A.J. Griffin to glance over his shoulder at the bullpen. This game was all his to finish, something that seemed far-fetched when he walked two of the game’s first three batters.
Griffin tossed a two-hitter for his first win in more than a month, Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 Wednesday for a sweep of their two-game series. Griffin (6-6) struck out seven and walked two in a 108-pitch gem for his first career complete game.
“I was trying not to think about it because I was hoping I wasn’t going to blow it,” Griffin said. “Obviously, I get a little extra adrenaline going there.”
The shaggy-haired right-hander had been 0-3 in five starts since winning at Houston on May 25. He didn’t allow a hit until Devin Mesoraco’s one-out single in the fifth, and Xavier Paul added a two-out double in the seventh for Cincinnati.
Griffin’s mother, Kathy Griffin – “not that one,” he quipped of the comedian – attended her first game of the season at the Coliseum to see his stellar start.
With an off day Thursday, the pitcher planned to take his mom and girlfriend to a nice dinner. It’s been a while since he has felt celebratory. The A’s had lost each of his last five starts.
“I was getting tired of not personally me (not) getting a win but going out there every fifth day and the team losing,” Griffin said.
Pinch hitter Nate Freiman and Brandon Moss each hit an RBI double for Oakland.
Boston 5, Colorado 3: John Lackey struck out a season-high 12 over seven strong innings and Daniel Nava drove in two runs, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 5-3 victory and a sweep of the two-game series against the Colorado Rockies.
Miami 5, Minnesota 3: Placido Polanco homered for the first time in more than a year and Jeff Mathis hit his first since last August, helping the Miami Marlins overcome a three-run deficit in a 5-3 win over the Minnesota Twins.
Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 0: R.A. Dickey pitched a two-hitter for his first complete game of the year, Jose Reyes went 0 for 4 in his return from a two-month layoff and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0 for their 12th win in 14 games.
Washington 3, Arizona 2: Jordan Zimmermann dominated after a shaky start and rookie Anthony Rendon had his third three-hit performance as the Washington Nationals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2.
L.A. Angels 7, Detroit 4: Mike Trout homered and drove in three runs, and Erick Aybar’s two-run shot gave Los Angeles the lead for good as the Angels beat Detroit 7-4 for their eighth consecutive win over the Tigers.
Texas 8, N.Y. Yankees 5: Nelson Cruz homered and the Texas Rangers got consecutive two-run doubles from Adrian Beltre and A.J. Pierzynski in an 8-5 victory over the New York Yankees.
Teixeira out for season: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will have season-ending surgery on his right wrist.
The Yankees said Wednesday that the All-Star had an MRI with dye contrast and that team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad determined the torn tendon sheath had not adequately healed.
New York said hand specialists Drs. Melvin Rosenwasser of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Michelle Carlson of the Hospital for Special Surgery and Keith Raskin of the New York University School of Medicine school concurred in the diagnosis.