A's 10th walk-off win defeats Yankees

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A's 10th walk-off win defeats Yankees

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OAKLAND -- When Ryan Cook gave up the game-tying home run in the ninth inning to Robinson Cano, in the back of Josh Reddick's mind he must have been thinking about getting the whipped cream ready. That is how confident this bunch of A's players have become.The A's 10 walk-off wins lead Major League Baseball. If that figure isn't absurd enough, the fact that it is a different A's player each time out that ends up the walk-off hero is. "It means we are not relying on one person in the lineup," Josh Reddick said. "I enjoy it, I get to pie somebody different every night."This time it was Brandon Moss on the receiving end of two pies. He smacked a game winning single to drive in Yoenis Cespedes in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Yankees 3-2. "That's the way we're built," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We have to get contributions from a lot of people. Certainly Reddick and Cespedes always seem to be in the middle of everything Is this Moss' first walk-off too? Is this 10? There you have it." When the manager is even in disbelief, you know you have something interesting going on. Defeating the Yankees is no small feat for the A's. They had a nine-game losing streak to New York entering this series. This time around the A's have guaranteed at worst a series split. "We may not have the name and we may not make the money but we're all at the same level," Moss said with dried whipped cream still on his undershirt. "Once you start believing, you show up at the ballpark with a different attitude." The A's wouldn't have been in position for the late-inning heroics without the pitching performance of rookie starting pitcher Tommy Milone. He threw first pitch strikes to 23 of the 26 batters he faced and struck out a career-high 10 batters. "It's pretty exciting. It's not something I go out there and try to do," Milone said. "I don't try to strike people out, when I go out there I just try to make quality pitches and I felt like from pitch number one I was in the zone."Milone's changeup had Yankees hitters so out of sorts that his fastball would paralyze them at the plate. His 10 strikeouts matched the best mark by an A's rookie pitcher against the Yankees since Bobby Witt did in in 1993. For the second night in a row the A's threw a rookie starting pitcher out there against the vaunted Bronx Bombers, and for the second night in a row the A's starting pitchers didn't allow a single walk. The pitching and offense are clicking for the A's."It means we are playing well and confident at this point," Melvin said. "Coming in we knew this was going to be a good challenge."Cespedes went 4 for 5 extending his hitting streak to a career-high eight games. He is now batting .304 this season. Reddick went three for five with two doubles. He was also a difference maker in the field. He threw out Mark Teixeira easily as he tried to advance from first to third on a single in the fourth inning. It was his American League-tying ninth outfield assist -- all of which have come while playing in right field.The A's are now 12-2 in July which is the best in the majors and are five games over .500 for the first time since April 17, 2010. NOTES: On all 10 walk-offs Josh Reddick has been ready with the post game pie. He divulged a little secret to the us after the game."We have them stocked up downstairs," Reddick said. "The concession guys really kicked in and and jumped on board with it. And they have it out ready when the ninth inning rolls around." As part of the "Walk-off Hero" program Budweiser is donating 5,000 to Folds of Honor for every A's walk-off win this season. I am not sure Budweiser knows what they got themselves into. They are already in the hole 50,000. The Folds of Honor Foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service men and women killed or disabled while serving our country.

Rosales, Healy homer, A's hold off Mariners for fifth straight win

Rosales, Healy homer, A's hold off Mariners for fifth straight win

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OAKLAND -- Adam Rosales got counsel on leading off from Chris Young when they were Oakland teammates in 2013.

"He's like, just keep it the same, if not be more aggressive because it's either the first or second pitch of the ballgame is the best pitch you'll see that day," Rosales said. "Be ready."

When Ariel Miranda served up a splitter down the middle, Rosales pounced on the 1-1 pitch.

Rosales and Ryon Healy each homered in the first inning, Jharel Cotton pitched six innings of two-run ball and the Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 on Saturday for their fifth straight win.

The A's two hottest hitters quickly got to Miranda (1-2). Rosales hit his first leadoff homer since May 3, 2013, then made his usual sprint around the bases.

"He brings a lot of energy to the table," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

The A's fed off that energy, and two batters later, Healy hit a two-run shot, his third this season and first since April 6.

Cotton (2-2) gave up two runs, six hits, two walks and hit a batter.

"I was talking to myself on the mound, saying `attack, attack, attack, stay convicted, no matter what,'" Cotton said.

Ryan Madson got four outs for his first save.

Miranda allowed four runs and seven hits in three-plus inning in his worst start of the season, failing to pitch at least five innings for the first time in three starts.

Rosales is 6 for 17 with two homers and a double during the A's win streak, and Healy is 9 for 17 over his last five games after going 6 for 40 in his previous 10.

The Mariners fell to 1-9 on the road. Their sputtering offense had nine hits Saturday, offering some encouragement to a team that's hitting .195 away from home.

"Sometimes you're good at home, sometimes you're bad on the road and sometimes you're good on the road and sometimes you're bad at home" said Robinson Cano, who hit his third homer. "It was the same way last year. We just have to keep fighting."

Seattle cut it to 4-3 on Kyle Seager's pinch-hit, RBI triple in the eighth. Seager, mired in a slump all month, came into the game batting .233 with no home runs in 60 at-bats and was 3 for 16 over his last five games.

Madson struck out Mitch Haniger swinging to end the game after Jarrod Dyson singled and stole second with two outs in the ninth.

SPLASH HITS

The A's wore Golden State Warriors jerseys during batting practice on Saturday for a second straight day. The A's announced on Twitter that they plan to auction the jerseys with the proceeds going to charity.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: RHP Steve Cishek, who had offseason hip surgery, hasn't been sharp in two rehab appearances. "He's kind going through his spring training right now," manager Scott Servais said.

Athletics: CF Rajai Davis was out of the lineup for a second straight day with a hamstring injury. Manager Bob Melvin said he expects the speedster to be on the field soon and doesn't anticipate him going on the disabled list.

UP NEXT

Mariners RHP Yovani Gallardo is winless through his first three starts. He's 0-5 with a 5.29 ERA in seven career starts against Oakland. ... RHP Andrew Triggs (3-0) is yet to allow an earned run through a team-record 17 2/3 innings. He gave up five runs and six hits in his only appearance against Seattle, a two-inning relief stint last year.

A's lineup: Rosales leading off, Phegley catching Cotton vs Mariners

A's lineup: Rosales leading off, Phegley catching Cotton vs Mariners

Programming note: Mariners-A’s coverage starts today at 12pm with A’s Pregame Live on NBC Sports California and streaming on the NBC Sports App

Looking for their third straight win against the Mariners, the A's will have Adam Rosales and Jed Lowrie at the top of the lineup Saturday.

Seattle Mariners:
1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF
2. Mitch Haniger (R) RF
3. Robinson Cano (L) 2B
4. Nelson Cruz (R) DH
5. Taylor Motter (R) SS
6. Danny Valencia (R) 1B
7. Guillermo Heredia (R) LF
8. Mike Freeman (L) 3B
9. Mike Zunino (R) C
Ariel Miranda -- LHP

Oakland A's:
1. Adam Rosales (R) SS
2. Jed Lowrie (S) 2B
3. Ryon Healy (R) 1B
4. Khris Davis (R) LF
5. Trevor Plouffe (R) 3B
6. Josh Phegley (R) C
7. Matt Joyce (L) RF
8. Chad Pinder (R) DH
9. Jaff Decker (L) CF
Jharel Cotton -- RHP