Blazek scuffles against A's as he battles for bullpen spot

Righty allows three runs in 3 2/3 innings, walking four

Blazek scuffles against A's as he battles for bullpen spot

MESA, Ariz. -- A's right-hander Kendall Graveman continued to dominate Cactus League opposition Sunday, stringing together 6 1/3 scoreless innings against the Brewers in a 7-0 victory for Oakland at Hohokam Stadium.

Graveman, in line to start the A's fourth game of the regular season, faced just two over the minimum in his time on the mound. He allowed only three hits, the first of which didn't come until the fifth, when Gerardo Parra notched a two-out single. Logan Schafer was responsible for the second, a bunt single, but was promptly picked off first base by A's catcher Josh Phegley.

Brewers starter Michael Blazek, in competition for a long-relief role, allowed three runs on four hits, including a two-run homer off the bat of Brett Lawrie, in 3 2/3 innings. He also walked four and struck out just as many.

"I just didn't really feel like I had my best stuff today," said Blazek, who entered the game with a 3.29 ERA. "I didn't really have the breaking ball like I had the last few outings. I was kind of battling trying to get command of that. It was kind of an off-mechanics day, really is what it felt like. I was kind of fighting it."

For Lawrie, who knocked one out to left field in the third inning, it was the second homer of the spring. Ben Zobrist also had an RBI single in the three-run frame.

The A's came back for more in the sixth, getting back-to-back RBI hits from Phegley and outfielder Sam Fuld.

Up next: After a scheduled day off on Monday, the Brewers return to Cactus League action on Tuesday when they host the Reds at 3:05 p.m. CT in a game that can be seen live on MLB.TV. Mike Fiers will make his fourth and final start of Spring Training. The right-hander is a lock to make the rotation, but the Brewers have not determined if he will be their fourth or fifth starter.

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