A.J. Griffin picked up his first career shutout, and the Oakland A's (46-34) beat the Cincinnati Reds (45-34) for the second time in as many days, 5-0. Griffin was masterful all afternoon, striking out seven while allowing just two hits and two walks.
Homer Bailey was on the mound for the Reds and he was solid save for the fourth inning. The A's led off with back to back singles by Jed Lowrie and Yoenis Cespedes, then Brandon Moss doubled to drive in Lowrie. The next batter was Josh Donaldson, who took a Homer Bailey slider deep to right for a 4-0 lead.
The A's made Bailey work in his six innings. He threw 111 pitches and seemed tired by the time his day was done. Reds rookie Tony Cingrani relieved Bailey in the eighth, allowing one run on two doubles.
The real issue was the Cincinnati offense, as they couldn't muster much against Griffin. Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto walked in the first, but that was the only trouble Griffin was in all day. He was mixing his speeds very well and as well as hitting his spots.
Oakland opens up a three game series at home against the NL Central leading St. Louis Cardinals on Friday. Cincinnati on the other hand goes to Arlington to play three with the Texas Rangers.
All statistics, unless otherwise noted, come from ESPN.com.
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