OAKLAND, Calif. - No need for A.J. Griffin to glance over his shoulder at the bullpen. This game was all his to finish, something that seemed far-fetched when he walked two of the game’s first three batters.
Griffin tossed a two-hitter for his first win in more than a month, Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Wednesday for a sweep of their two-game series.
Griffin (6-6) struck out seven and walked two in a 108-pitch gem for his first career complete game.
“I was trying not to think about it because I was hoping I wasn’t going to blow it,” Griffin said. “Obviously, I get a little extra adrenaline going there.”
The shaggy-haired right-hander had been 0-3 in five starts since winning at Houston on May 25. He didn’t allow a hit until Devin Mesoraco’s one-out single in the fifth, and Xavier Paul added a two-out double in the seventh for Cincinnati.
Griffin’s mother, Kathy Griffin -- “not that one,” he quipped of the comedian -- attended her first game of the season at the Coliseum to see his stellar start. With an off day Thursday, the pitcher planned to take his mom and girlfriend to a nice dinner.
It’s been a while since he has felt celebratory. The A’s had lost each of his last five starts.
“I was getting tired of not personally me (not) getting a win but going out there every fifth day and the team losing,” Griffin said.
— The Associated Press