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A’s Santiago Casilla blows save, takes loss at Texas

With Oakland leading by one in the ninth, Casilla allowed consecutive hits by Jonathan Lucroy and Rougned Odor, then a game-tying sacrifice fly by Mike Napoli. Casilla, who hadn’t allowed a hit with runners in scoring position all season until Friday, declined to comment after the game, but catcher Josh Phegley said, I thought he threw some really good stuff that whole inning. Hahn, finally safely ensconced in the rotation after the A’s most recent roster maneuvers, was in line for the win after yet another strong start; he gave up four hits and three walks in seven innings and he threw just 83 pitches before being lifted for Ryan Dull in the eighth. Hahn was struck on the ankle by a line drive in the sixth inning but said he was OK; he figures it might be sore Saturday, though. Another occasionally forgotten man, outfielder Mark Canha, back after sharpening up his swing at Triple-A Nashville, turned in some nice hitting in a tricky situation Friday. Canha, just 1 for 18 in his previous career pinch-hit appearances, ripped a double down the left-field line, sending Plouffe chugging for home. The relay throw from Elvis Andrus actually beat Plouffe to the plate, but catcher Lucroy couldn’t hang onto the ball, and Oakland had the lead, as Canha pounded on his chest at second. Joyce, off to a very slow start with a .181 average, gave the A’s their first run, banging a solo shot with one out in the fifth, his second off Texas starter Andrew Cashner in just four career at-bats. Gomez led off the bottom of the inning with a double, and he went to third on an error by Hahn, who lobbed an attempted pickoff throw past second. Though the A’s made two errors Friday, increasing their major-league leading total to 34, they got some solid plays when needed, including getting Odor at home in the second on Gomez’s bouncer to short. [...] in the eighth, with Shin-Soo Choo on after a walk, Dull got Elvis Andrus to hit a hard bouncer to third and Trevor Plouffe fielded it, made a hard throw to second and Rosales turned a nice double play.

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