After breaking out of his slump in a big way, Stephen Vogt looks to lead the Oakland Athletics to back-to-back road wins for just the second time in over seven weeks Sunday when they close this three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Vogt went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer and an RBI single in Oakland's 3-2 victory Saturday. The All-Star catcher was hitting .174 over the previous 28 games and his performance came a day after he allowed two passed balls that factored in a 6-4 loss.
Redemption was on his mind.
"Not to talk about myself too much but I obviously was not in a good place (Friday)," Vogt said. "I was excited to see that I was back in the lineup and ready to go. I had a lot of steam to let off."
Despite his recent struggles, Vogt is still having a career year as he leads the team with 17 homers and 66 RBIs.
The A's (56-74), though, own the worst record in the AL and are 5-17 in their last 22 road games. They haven't won two straight as the visitor since July 11-12 at Cleveland.
Trying to match that with Jesse Chavez (7-13, 4.00 ERA) on the mound could be problematic. The right-hander is tied with Cleveland's Corey Kluber for the most losses in the AL and is one back of Matt Garza of Milwaukee and Philadelphia's Aaron Harang for the most in the majors.
Chavez is 0-4 with a 7.99 ERA in his last five road starts, completing six innings just once in that span.
He was tagged for a season high-tying six runs before being pulled with two outs in the fifth of Tuesday's 6-5 loss at Seattle.
"That's all on me," said Chavez, who served up two homers among his eight hits. "I let it snowball."
Chavez is starting against the Diamondbacks (63-66) for the first time, and he last faced them in a relief appearance with Atlanta on May 15, 2010.
Arizona is 1-5 and averaging 2.7 runs on this seven-game homestand.
The Diamondbacks recalled Alan Webster (1-1, 6.86) from Triple-A Reno for a spot start after electing to push back scheduled starter Robbie Ray to Monday's game at Colorado. Ray lost a fifth straight start Tuesday, giving up six runs with five walks in three innings of a 9-1 defeat to St. Louis.
"I think after Robbie's last outing, everybody talking from the top down, we felt like it would be good to give him an extra day," manager Chip Hale told MLB's official website.
Webster is 1-1 with a 7.11 ERA in four starts, his last coming June 29. He's surrendered five homers over nine innings in two at home.
The right-hander was 3-6 with an 8.37 ERA in 14 starts for Reno.
With their playoff hopes all but mathematically over, the Diamondbacks have agreed to deal former closer Addison Reed to the NL East-leading New York Mets in exchange for two minor leaguers.
Paul Goldschmidt may also be on his way out, although temporarily. His wife is due to have the couple's first child any day.