SEATTLE (AP) — Oakland manager Bob Melvin held new Home Run Derby participant Matt Chapman out of the lineup for a long-planned rest Sunday. It didn’t matter for the surging Athletics.
Matt Olson hit his second home run in two games to spur a 5-0 first inning in a 7-4 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Marcus Semien and Ramon Laureano added solo shots to help the A’s push their home run streak to 12 games. They’ve hit 24 home runs during that span and extended their team record for homers before the All-Star break to 145.
“That’s the strength of our team offensively,” Melvin said. “Up and down our lineup we can