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.

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