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A’s Santiago Casilla discusses blown save, loss to Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas — Santiago Casilla declined to speak to reporters after blowing a save Friday because, the A’s closer said, he was too upset to discuss his night. Casilla, the A’s primary closer, said he was frustrated because he’d thrown good pitches to Jonathan Lucroy and Rougned Odor to start the ninth. Lucroy reached on a groundball single, Odor on a flare off the end of the bat. “It’s very difficult when you feel like you’re making good stuff and you’re making good pitches if the results don’t come out,” he said. Joey Gallo ended the game by blasting a three-run homer off the pole in right on a 3-2 pitch, which Casilla said was just the second time he has allowed a homer on a curveball. “I wanted to strike him out, but the pitch didn’t break,” he said. Former A’s starter A.J. Griffin is 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA, and he faces Oakland in the series finale Sunday. “I’m trying to keep things simple,” he said, adding that he fixed some delivery issues that had led him to open up too much with his front shoulder. Reliever John Axford (shoulder) threw a hitless, scoreless inning at Triple-A Nashville, striking out one. ... Daniel Mengden (foot) worked 32/3 innings and allowed three hits and two runs; he walked three and struck out five. ... Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Four years ago, not all players could use pink bats on Mother’s Day; only one company was approved. Trevor Plouffe tweeted angrily about not being able to honor his mother, Diane, a breast cancer survivor; he used the bat, was fined, and the rule was changed the next year.

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