Jensen, RockHounds toss two-hitter

Oakland right-hander goes seven innings in his best start of season

Chris Jensen rolled 13 ground balls against Frisco on Monday evening. (Cassie Thornton/Midland RockHounds)

By Ashley Marshall / | June 17, 2014 1:16 AM ET

The first two times Midland starter Chris Jensen squared off with Frisco this year, the advantage was certainly with the hitters. They collected 10 hits in each game off the 23-year-old right-hander, who has not surrendered double-digit knocks to any other team this year.

On Monday, it was time for him to turn the tables and turn the hunters into the hunted.

Jensen allowed two hits and struck out five batters over seven innings to lead the Double-A RockHounds to a 3-0 win over the RoughRiders.

The 6-foot-4 farmhand walked two batters and threw 64 of 97 pitches for strikes as Midland posted its second-lowest hit total of the year. Drew Granier and Seth Frankoff combined on a seven-inning one-hitter at Northwest Arkansas on April 16 as part of a twinbill.

Jensen (4-6) gave up a two-out single to Guilder Rodriguez with two outs in the third frame and a one-out double to Teodoro Martinez in the fifth, but no Frisco hitter reached third base against the University of San Diego product.

The season started well for Jensen, originally selected by the Rockies in the sixth round of the 2011 Draft and traded to the A's in the Brett Anderson deal in December. He allowed a combined four earned runs through his first three Texas League starts, but has since surrendered at least four runs over his past nine outings, including seven each against Corpus Christi (on May 19) and Tulsa (on May 30).

On Monday, Tucker Healy relieved Jensen in the eighth and struck out three batters over two perfect innings to collect his third save of the year.

Midland right fielder Anthony Aliotti was 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and two RBIs and designated hitter Miles Head doubled twice out of the cleanup spot to lift his average to .239.

Frisco's Alec Asher (6-6) allowed one run on five hits over four innings. He struck out five batters and issued one walk.

Ashley Marshall is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @AshMarshallMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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