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Familiar woes add up to an A’s loss to Mets

NEW YORK – Right-hander Paul Blackburn, a former star at Heritage High in Brentwood, pitched well enough for the A’s to defeat the Mets on Friday night at Citi Field. But that was not enough.
Ineffective relief pitching, a season-long problem, and a throwing error typical of the A’s defensive gaffes throughout this rough summer, turned a potential victory into a 7-5 loss that marked the rookie’s first defeat.
Blackburn worked 5 1/3 innings in his fourth major league start , allowing four runs on six hits. He struck out one and walked one while throwing 43 of his 76 pitches for strikes. On this team, at least, he needed to last longer. And do more.
Blackburn (1-1) was undone by a three-run sixth inning in which he dug a hole that A’s relievers and a throwing error by third baseman Matt Chapman only made deeper.
Nursing a 3-2 edge, with both Mets runs coming on Michael Conforto’s two-run home run in the third, Blackburn issued a leadoff walk in the sixth that proved costly. He rebounded to fan Jay Bruce but was lifted after Yoenis Cespedes worked a full count before lacing a single to left.
Blackburn, 23, was replaced by left-hander Daniel Coulombe, who allowed a bad-hop smash that left first baseman Ryon Healy motionless when it caught him in the face for a base hit that loaded the bases. Healy was forced to leave the game, replaced by Yonder Alonso. Alonso was held out of the starting lineup as trade rumors swirled.
Coulombe gave way to Blake Treinen. The right-hander, acquired from the Nationals last Sunday, could not get the job done, either.
T.J. Rivera ripped a two-run single to center. Duda was thrown out at third while Rivera raced to second. Chapman made an errant throw to second and the ball bounded into right field without any backup in sight, allowing Rivera to jog home.
Conforto tacked on a two-run homer in the seventh off right-hander Frankie Montas, yet another reliever who fell short to offset a rare 14-hit attack.  Montas had been promoted from Triple-A Nashville before the game.

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