Indians grand slam sparks A's in 6-4 win

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Indians grand slam sparks A's in 6-4 win

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OAKLAND -- Tommy Milone has allowed two grand slams this season. The A's ended up winning both of those games. It's not exactly the most sound strategy but it apparently works. After falling behind 4-0 after Shelley Duncan's fourth-inning grand slam, the A's battled back eventually winning the game 6-4. The heroics came an inning too early for pie though, as they rallied for two runs in the eighth to take the lead.Milone was pitching on extra rest and looked a lot sharper than the statistics indicate. He struck out six batters and allowed four earned runs over five innings of work. "Overall it went alright, I felt good out there," Milone said. "Obviously the rest helped. I think just that one pitch was the only mistake I made all game." Immediately after the Indians put the crooked number on the scoreboard in the fourth inning the A's rallied for three runs of their own. Their first run scored on a Josh Donaldson RBI double. The go-ahead run scored on a Donaldson RBI single. The young fill-in third baseman getting hits ended up being the theme of the evening. He went a career-high 4 for 4 with two RBIs. "I think it's awesome, that's a good thing for me," Donaldson said. "But just being around the team winning that's the most important thing. As long as I can contribute any way I can.""It's big with Brandon Inge being down," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We're getting some production on the offensive side from third. We're feeling pretty good about it." Donaldson is just the latest success story to emerge from Triple-A Sacramento. Chris Carter, Brandon Moss, and Derek Norris are all becoming mainstays in Oakland. Donaldson could be next on the list if he keeps swinging the bat like he is. "There's not one at-bat in Sacramento where I'm tight, there's not one at-bat there where I'm like 'oh I've got to get a hit here,'" Donaldson said. "Being able to allow that to transfer over to the big leagues is just a big thing for me."Oakland also got key contributions from Cliff Pennington. He drove in two runs and snapped out of an 0 for 12 slump. "That's key, he's a guy that we need," Melvin said. "He expected to have a better offensive year."After Milone exited the game the A's bullpen held the Indians scoreless for four innings. Grant Balfour closed out the game for his 10th save by tossing a clean three up, three down inning. The A's have now won two games in a row. At 20-12 they still have the best record in Major League Baseball since the All-Star Break. The current A's were visited by the 2002 Moneyball A's that won a record 20-games in a row. They were also visited by Josh Reddick, who underwent another dental procedure before the game. He wasn't able to play but collected a pinch hit single to load the bases in the eighth inning.

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's

Healy exits early, Blackburn suffers first loss with A's

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NEW YORK — Michael Conforto hit a pair of two-run homers and Jerry Blevins rescued the Mets' bullpen with a five-out save as New York held off the Oakland Athletics 7-5 on Friday night for its third straight victory.

T.J. Rivera put the Mets ahead in the sixth inning with a two-run single that turned into a Little League home run. Rivera came all the way around to score on the play after third baseman Matt Chapman, trying to get Rivera at second, threw the ball away into right field for a costly error that made it 5-3.

Moments earlier, New York loaded the bases when Lucas Duda's bad-hop infield single struck first baseman Ryon Healy near the temple. Healy left the game and walked off under his own power with a swollen bruise next to his left eye.

Conforto's second homer made it 7-3 in the seventh. Oakland rallied for two in the eighth, but Blevins replaced closer Addison Reed with the bases loaded and got five straight outs against his former team for his fifth major league save and first this season.

Normally a lefty specialist, Blevins recorded five outs in a game for the first time since 2014 with Washington. He retired All-Star slugger Yonder Alonso on a foul popup and struck out Khris Davis to escape the eighth-inning jam.

"We just tried to find some matchups that worked," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Yoenis Cespedes had three hits after raising eyebrows when he told the San Francisco Chronicle before the game that he wants to play the final season of his career in Oakland, his first big league team.

Cespedes, who signed a $110 million, four-year contract in the offseason to remain with the Mets, also said A's manager Bob Melvin is his favorite skipper and he doesn't think there's a better one.

"Bob's a great manager. I don't blame him," Collins said after the game. "This is the first I've heard of it."

After the game, Cespedes clarified his comments while speaking with reporters through a translator and said he meant no disrespect toward Collins or the Mets.

Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

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Yoenis Cespedes: 'I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland'

After signing a four-year, $36 million deal with the A's before the 2012 season, Yoenis Cespedes' time in Oakland came to an end halfway through his third season.

The current Mets star certainly hasn't forgetten his time in Oakland, sharing his desire to end his career back where he started it to the San Francisco Chronicle

“I wish that happens,” Cespedes said on Friday with the A's taking on his Mets in New York. “I told (Jerry) Blevins, ‘I don’t know how many years I’m going to play, but I’m going to play the last year of my career with Oakland.’ I don’t know if that’s possible or not, but that’s my goal.”

Cespedes, who has also played in Boston and Detroit, loved his time in Oakland. 

“I still love the A’s, they were the first team to give me an opportunity to play in the big leagues," Cespedes said. “I love Oakland all the time.”

Another key reason for Cespedes' hope to return to the A's one day is how much he enjoyed playing for manager Bob Melvin. 

“I tell my guys here all the time that he’s the best manager for me so far,” Cespedes said. “I don’t think there’s a better manager than Melvin.”

Cespedes hit .262 with 66 home runs in his time with the A's. Over his six-year career, the slugging outfielder owns a career .272 batting average with 146 homers.