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Amid more misplays, A’s end awful trip with another loss

SEATTLE — Oakland went into this road trip on a high note, having won four of five, then went straight into the dumpster. Bergman, who had a career ERA of 5.40 entering the night, is one of the many fill-in starters for Seattle’s injury-riddled rotation. In every game on the road trip, Oakland made at least one mistake or mental error in the field, including two misplays in the outfield Wednesday that led to runs, and the bullpen was universally unreliable until Wednesday, the first time in six games A’s relievers didn’t allow at least one run. In the first inning, Ben Gamel hit a line drive to right that looked like no more than a single, but the ball skipped under Joyce’s glove and Gamel wound up at third with a triple. In the fifth, Hahn walked former A’s prospect Boog Powell and Guillermo Heredia followed with a base hit. Tuffy Gosewisch advanced them with a sacrifice bunt and Jean Segura, who’d struck out in each of his first two at-bats, poked a single up the middle, scoring both. Gamel then hit a high flyball to left-center and Mark Canha, playing center for just the second time, raced a long way and appeared to call off Khris Davis, who was in a much better position to make the catch. The misplays also helped drive up Hahn’s pitch count to 103 through five innings, so that was it for him. Oakland’s bullpen allowed 14 earned runs in the first five games of the trip, but Bobby Wahl (one inning) and Josh Smith (two innings) did not give up a run Wednesday.

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