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Trevor Cahill is as flummoxed as anyone by his extreme home/road splits this season.The veteran right-hander has a sparkling 0.87 ERA in eight starts at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum in 2018 but owns a 6.62 mark in seven road outings this season.“I think it’s just baseball [url=http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-dustin-pedroia-jersey]http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-dustin-pedroia-jersey[/url] ,” Cahill said.Article continues below ...Athletics manager Bob Melvin doesn’t have an answer, either. “I haven’t seen any difference as far as his stuff goes,” Melvin said.Whatever the reason for the glaring discrepancy, the A’s will be counting on Cahill (5-2, 3.12 ERA) to buck the trend Thursday night when they open a four-game series against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field in Minneapolis.Cahill is 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA in six career appearances, including four starts, against Minnesota. He has not faced the Twins this year, though.Oakland fell one game back of the Houston Astros in the American League West race Wednesday with a 4-2 loss against the Texas Rangers. The Athletics had won two straight and four of their last five before Wednesday’s setback and have compiled a 13-5 record in August. .“We’ve been playing great and bringing the same attitude every day,” Melvin said of his team, which entered Wednesday’s game with a .264 collective batting average and a 2.64 ERA in the first 17 games this month.That level of play, as well as the A’s attitude [url=http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-babe-ruth-jersey]Babe Ruth Jersey[/url] , have propelled them into the AL playoff picture. Though they’re right behind front-running Houston in the West, they will hold a comfortable 4 1/2-game lead over Seattle for the second AL wild card when they take the field against the Twins, whose postseason dreams were dashed weeks ago.Minnesota is using these last few weeks to evaluate its young talent, including Thursday starter Kohl Stewart.Stewart posted a 4.76 ERA with Double-A Chatanooga to start the season and earned his first big league call-up after going 0-3 with a 3.98 mark in seven appearances (five starts) for Triple-A Rochester.He allowed three runs over 4 1/3 innings Aug. 12 in his major league debut at Detroit and allowed three more runs his next time out, but lasted just 2 2/3 innings in the latter game, a 7-5 loss to the Tigers on Saturday in Minneapolis. The 23-year-old only Stewart (0-1, 7.71) allowed three hits in that outing but walked four while throwing just 31 of his 65 pitches for strikes.“You just can’t fall behind guys like that, can’t walk guys,” said Stewart. “I’ve got to give my team a better chance to win. It was not acceptable. I just wasn’t getting ahead, wasn’t executing pitches. I was one pitch away there in the third, and tried to do too much and got myself in trouble.”Despite those struggles [url=http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-david-ortiz-jersey]http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-david-ortiz-jersey[/url] , manager Paul Molitor opted to leave Stewart in the rotation for another go-round after sitting down with him for a postgame chat.“It’s a learning experience. I just talked to him about, it’s not so much executing (or) what you’re throwing, it’s, ‘What are you feeling?'” Molitor said. “You’ve got to really be able to seize the moment in terms of controlling your emotions, and do what you do. And it just seemed like it got a little fast.” LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bruce Bochy seemed uncertain how to respond to the question.The Giants had just rallied for four runs with two outs in the ninth inning Monday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ beleaguered bullpen for a 5-2 victory.And then someone asked San Francisco’s manager if he felt sorry for the Dodgers, whose bullpen lost its fourth consecutive game with closer Kenley Jansen on the disabled list.“Excuse me?” Bochy said.Then came the laughter.The Giants could afford to chuckle after pinch-hitter Nick Hundley drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a single. San Francisco tacked on two more runs after that.“What a great comeback,” Bochy said. “We had some really great at-bats there in the ninth. Hundley, it doesn’t get any more clutch than that. He came through at the right time.“Great comeback on the road. It’s been a while since we have had one like that.”The Giants improved to .500, while the Dodgers fell one game behind the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks in the crowded NL West. San Francisco is just five games out of first.The ending was familiar for the Dodgers, who wasted a masterful performance by Clayton Kershaw. The left-hander held the Giants to one run in eight innings, allowing four hits [url=http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-bobby-doerr-jersey]Bobby Doerr Jersey[/url] , striking out nine and walking none.And then the bullpen threw it away.“They’re doing the best they can,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “They’re trying to make pitches. They’re in uncharted territory.”Kershaw turned the ninth over to Scott Alexander (2-1), part of the late-inning committee the Dodgers have used since Jansen went on the disabled list Thursday with an irregular heartbeat.The Giants loaded the bases with two outs before Hundley lined a two-run single to center.“Bases loaded, tying run at third, you are afforded the luxury of being aggressive in that spot based on his approach,” Hundley said. “Thankfully I got a good pitch to hit.”Ray Black (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth for the Giants, and Will Smith worked the ninth to earn his ninth save in 11 opportunities.Kershaw blooped a double to score Los Angeles’ first run, and Justin Turner’s homer gave the Dodgers a brief 2-0 lead.NO RELIEFThe Dodgers have now lost four straight because they lack an obvious replacement for Jansen. Los Angeles was struggling to identify an eighth-inning set-up man and now has no closer.“It’ll turn,” Roberts said. “It’s been a tough four games, but we have to keep getting leads and putting teams away.”ANOTHER LEFTY DUELIt was the 11th time Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner have faced each other, the most of any two active pitchers. Bumgarner allowed two runs in six innings.“The guys did an unbelievable job coming back there [url=http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-jimmie-foxx-jersey]http://www.redsoxproshops.com/authentic-jimmie-foxx-jersey[/url] ,” Bumgarner said. “It was a good game on both sides. (Kershaw) was better than me tonight for sure, but we were better than they were. I think that is a good way to put it.”TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: SS Brandon Crawford left the game in the bottom of the fourth after colliding with OF Gorkys Herndandez on Kershaw’s bloop double. He appeared to take a knee to the head from Hernandez and is on concussion protocol. … 1B Brandon Belt (hyper extended right knee) made a second rehab start Monday, but it was uncertain whether he would rejoin the Giants in Los Angeles on Tuesday. … RHP Jeff Samardzija (right shoulder inflammation) threw a simulated game Monday. Bochy said he threw about 30 pitches.Dodgers: 2B Brian Dozier left the game after the eighth, complaining of dizziness. Roberts said Dozier had an abnormal EKG and was scheduled for additional tests. … John Axford, one of the few relievers with closing experience, is headed for the disabled list. Roberts said Axford had a slight fracture atop his right fibula. “He’ll be down a couple, two or three weeks,” Roberts said.UP NEXTGiants: LHP Andrew Suarez (4-8, 4.64 ERA) is scheduled to start Tuesday. The rookie will attempt to overcome a recent downturn that has seen him go 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA in his last five starts.Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (7-6, 3.58) is scheduled to come off the disabled list and make his first start since leaving his Aug. 3 outing with a sore hip. Wood missed only one start.