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Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 7, Indians 0

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Pratt's Instant Replay: Athletics 7, Indians 0

BOX SCORE

The A's need to capitalize on their remaining games against losing teams. At this point they are taking full advantage of the Cleveland Indians' struggles. With a 7-0 victory on Tuesday at Progressive Field, the A's have now won their last six games against the Indians. Oakland has 13 shutouts this season -- their last three have come against the Indians. The A's are now a season-high 14 games over .500 (71-57) and are tied for the top Wild Card spot in the American League.
At the PlateThe A's scored two runs on four singles in the second inning. Brandon Moss and Adam Rosales drove in the runs. Rosales' hit was a two-out RBI single. The A's ended up sending eight batters to the plate in the second, forcing Zach McAllister to throw 33 pitches. Seth Smith hit one of the second-inning singles and doubled with one out in the third inning. It appears he's adjusting to life as the designated hitter. Entering Tuesday he was hitting just .202 when serving as the team's DH. Moss drove in Smith with a mammoth home run to center field. Moss' 14th homer landed in the trees and bushes about 20 feet beyond the wall. Moss is making the most of the playing time he is getting. He is on a seven-game hitting streak and has collected a hit in 10 of his last 11 games. This, without playing every day. Chris Carter added to the A's lead with a solo homer of his own in the fifth inning. It was a towering drive to center field that barely fell over the fence. Carter has 12 homers this season. A's first basemen have combined for 24 homers this year -- Carter (10), Moss (10), Kila Ka'aihue (3), Daric Barton (1). That is a staggering number when looking at what some of the league's premium first basemen have done offensively -- Albert Pujols (26), Prince Fielder (23), Mark Teixeira (21), and Adrian Gonzalez (14).
Carter added an RBI double in the ninth inning to give the A's a 6-0 lead. He finished the day 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Smith scored on a wild pitch extending the lead to 7-0. It wasn't all sunshine and rainbows for the A's hitters. They struck out 16 times and the top of the lineup went 1-for-13.
Starting Pitching ReportTommy Milone's demonstration of escapology on the mound would have even tantalized the likes of Harry Houdini. Naturally, his opening act began in the first inning. Jason Kipnis led off with a single and advanced to second on an error. He would end up stuck there as Milone wiggled his way out of trouble eventually stranding two runners. In the third inning, the Indians hit back-to-back two-out singles, but failed to score when Milone got Michael Brantley to line out to center field. Milone's magic act reached its grand finale as he allowed the Indians to reach second and third with no outs in the fourth inning. The rookie lefty responded by striking out the next two batters before getting Kipnis to ground out to third base and end the threat. When all was said and done, Milone stranded eight Indians on the bases and pitched out of several serious jams. He ended up scattering seven hits and one walk over six scoreless innings of work. He has won two starts in a row after a career-worst three-game losing streak. Bullpen ReportJerry Blevins gave the A's one and two-third innings of scoreless relief. He retired all five batters he faced before being lifted for Pat Neshek, who finished the eighth inning. Evan Scribner pitched the ninth inning with a seven-run lead. He preserved the shutout, retiring all three batters he faced. In the FieldJosh Donaldson made a slick charging play on a slow roller toward third base that he scooped up and tossed to first base to get the out. The play kept the Indians off the scoreboard and ended the fourth inning. Kipnis led off the game by hitting a ball into the right field gap. As JoshReddick attempted to stop the ball from getting to the wall it clanked off the top of his glove on a bounce. The reliable right fielder was charged with an error on the play. AttendanceThe Indians announced a crown of 13,413 at Progressive Field. Up NextThe A's will dip into their pitching depth and start Travis Blackley (4-3, 3.52 ERA) on Wednesday. It will be his 19th appearance and 12th start on the year. The Australian-born lefty is 3-3 with a 4.04 ERA in 11 starts. The Indians will counter with right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber (0-2, 5.32 ERA). He allowed one run against the Yankees over five innings in his last start.

Lowrie, Piscotty power A's comeback win vs Padres

Lowrie, Piscotty power A's comeback win vs Padres

SAN DIEGO  — Stephen Piscotty homered with two outs in the ninth inning to tie the game and Jed Lowie hit a two-run shot with two outs in the 10th to lift the Oakland Athletics over the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Tuesday night.

Piscotty’s shot into the second deck came off closer Brad Hand. Hand was trying for his 22nd save and retired the first two batters before Piscotty homered on a 2-2 pitch, his fifth.

Adam Cimber (3-3) allowed Marcus Semien’s one-out single in the 10th and retired Chad Pinder on a fly to right before Lowrie connected for his 10th homer.

Rookie Lou Trivino (4-1) pitched two innings for the win. Blake Treinen pitched the 10th for his 16th save.

Padres rookie left-hander hander Eric Lauer had been in line for the victory after pitching six strong innings. He settled down after allowing an unearned run in the second and held the A’s to one run and three hits while matching his strikeout high with seven. He walked two.

The Padres had given Lauer just enough support in the first two innings against Paul Blackburn. Jose Pirela brought in a run in the first on a grounder and Raffy Lopez doubled with one out in the second to bring in rookie Franmil Reyes, who was aboard on a leadoff double.

Blackburn allowed two runs and four hits in five innings, struck out four and walked two.

The A’s scored in the second with some help from replay. Khris Davis drew a leadoff walk and was originally called out on a force play on Matt Olson’s ground ball. The A’s challenged and the call was overturned, with shortstop Freddy Galvis given an error because his foot wasn’t on second base when he took the throw. Davis advanced on Mark Canha’s single and scored when Piscotty grounded into a double play.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Padres are in a stretch in which they will play just five of 28 games at home. After going 5-5 on a trip through Miami, St. Louis and Atlanta, the Padres are home for just two games before heading out for a seven-game trip to San Francisco and Texas. Then they’re home for three games against Pittsburgh before a six-game trip to Oakland and Arizona.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Padres: Have cut short OF Franchy Cordero’s rehab assignment after he felt something in his right elbow. Manager Andy Green said it’s “highly unlikely” Cordero is back soon.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas (3-1, 2.67 ERA) is scheduled to start the finale of the two-game series.

Padres: Rookie LHP Joey Lucchesi (3-2, 3.23) is scheduled to return from more than a month on the DL with a strained right hip.

POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's Perfect Game vs Long's game-saving catch in Fenway

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POLL: A's Memorable Moments -- Braden's Perfect Game vs Long's game-saving catch in Fenway

PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports California is looking back at the A's 50 Memorable Moments since the franchise relocated to Oakland in 1968. Below are the next two moments you can vote on. Tune into A's Pregame Live tonight at 6:30pm to watch highlights of the two moments. After the A's and Padres conclude, tune into A's Postgame Live to see which moment will move on to the next round!

1. Dallas Braden's Perfect Game on Mother's Day 2010 (11-time winner -- Defeated The Big Three's sweep of the D'backs in Arizona in 2001)

(From Dallas Braden)

Well, they haven’t taken it away yet so I guess it might not be a dream after all. It’s still insane to think that on such a special day for so many people, my teammates and I were able to etch ourselves into the hearts of A’s fans everywhere.

In the moment, I had no clue. At the same time, I was fully aware. Completely focused and emotionally distracted at the same time. Hell, I talked myself into the wrong count in the last at-bat of the game. The 27th out. In that moment I had no clue. No clue I’d become the vehicle for such an emotional moment shared between mothers and their families across baseball that special day. I do believe that’s what I was -- merely a vehicle to connect people through our beautiful game. My mom, along with the baseball gods, and Landon Powell, I guess, all steered us down the path of history and to be able to share and relive those special moments and memories is a blessing a young little leaguer can only dream of.

I hope that through my passion for the game you feel the same love I, myself, my wife, baby girl, and grandmother have felt from each of you, the fans of the Green & Gold. We couldn’t be happier to share this Mother’s Day and every Mother’s Day from here on out, TOGETHER! It’s a perfect fit if you ask me.

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2. Terrence Long's game-saving catch over the wall at Fenway in 2002

(From Ben Ross)

On August 7, 2002, Terrence Long stunned Fenway Park and the entire city of Boston. With two on and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, and the A's clinging to a 3-2 lead over the Red Sox, Manny Ramirez sent a fly ball deep to right-center field. Long took off from his position in center field and made a leaping catch over the wall to preserve the win for Oakland.

Long was immediately tackled by fellow outfielder Jermaine Dye in celebration. Closer Billy Koch was so happy, he ran all the way to the outfield to give Long a bear hug.

Six days later, the A's would begin their historic 20-game win streak. They would go on to win the AL West with a record of 103-59.

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