Game Report: Athletics 7, Cardinals 4

By Rob Rains

The good news from Busch Stadium Sunday was the Cardinals left town to begin another road trip. The bad news is that It once again happened after a losing homestand.

The A’s jumped on Jaime Garcia for two runs in the first inning, increased the lead to 5-1 on Stephen Vogt’s three-run homer in the third and defeated the Cardinals, who fell to 1-9 against AL teams at home after winning just two of six against the Mets and A’s. The overall home record fell to 30-37.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: After falling behind 5-1, the Cardinals chipped away and got within 5-4 in the seventh but backup catcher Alberto Rosario was thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple, preventing the Cardinals from having the tying run on second with Jeremy Hazelbaker at the plate … Matt Carpenter hit his 17th homer, the 17th consecutive game in which the Cardinals have hit at least one homer; it’s the second time they have done that in the last two months. They are two games away from tying the franchise record of 19, set in 2006. They also have hit 41 homers this month, one away from the franchise record for August, set in 1998 … Carpenter also scored on a single by Stephen Piscotty in the first and a sacrifice fly by Brandon Moss in the sixth … The other RBI came on the double by Rosario.

On the mound:
The two runs off Garcia in the first came on a slow roller for a two-out infield single and a two-run homer by Khris Davis. Garcia has allowed 23 runs in the first inning in his 26 starts this season, including six homers … The homer by Vogt was the seventh Garcia has allowed in his last three starts. Over the past 11 games, the rest of the team’s pitchers combined have allowed six homers … The final two Oakland runs were charged to Jonathan Broxton, with the second scoring on a fielding error by Zack Duke after he came into the game with two runners on base.

Key stat: The Cardinals had one hit with a runner in scoring position in the three games against Oakland, the first inning single by Piscotty. They were 0-for-1 on Friday night, 0-for-8 on Saturday and 1-for-6 on Sunday.

Of note: Oakland starter Andrew Triggs became the fourth pitcher in the six game homestand to earn his first career victory, following Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo of the Mets and the Cardinals’ Luke Weaver … After starting 20 consecutive games and 27 of the last 28, Yadier Molina got the day off. It was his second day off since July 27 … The Cardinals likely will make a decision on Monday about whether to place starter Mike Leake on the disabled list while he recovers from shingles. They can expand the rosters after Thursday without making a DL move but might want another arm for the three-game series in Milwaukee … Aledmys Diaz is scheduled to make a doctor’s visit on Monday and hopes to get clearance to begin swinging a bat. There still is no timetable on when he likely can return to the lineup … With Memphis eliminated from the playoffs, the Cardinals have sent outfield prospect Harrison Bader back to Double A Springfield, which will be in the playoffs when the regular season ends later this week.

Looking ahead:
Monday night’s opener in Milwaukee begins a nine-game trip with stops in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh to follow. Carlos Martinez will pitch against Zach Davies in the 6:20 p.m. game.