Milone gets cold reception after first complete game

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Milone gets cold reception after first complete game

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OAKLAND -- This was to be a story of Yoenis Cespedes, and his triumphant return from a left hamstring strain after missing nine games. Cespedes was good But Tommy Milone was simply better. The crafty lefty dispatched the Dodgers with ease en route to his seventh win -- and first career complete game -- as the A's won 4-1. Milone's nine-inning performance was the first by an A's pitcher this season, and it came against the team with the best record in baseball. All he got for his efforts was a cold shower. "Dallas Braden hit me with a bucket of ice water," Milone said. "Luckily it was water and not Gatorade, I would have been all sticky."Milone allowed just three hits. His earned run came on a Juan Uribe double to right field that Josh Reddick actually caught in a head-first dive, before rolling over and accidentally flinging the ball. The play was ruled a hit. "He was really effective," manager Bob Melvin said. "Really, the only run they get wasn't a hard hit ball." Milone is now 5-1 with a 0.99 ERA in six starts at home, compared to 2-4 with a 7.42 ERA on the road. OK, now we can talk about Cespedes. In his first career start as a designated hitter he looked comfortable at the plate. He went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. The two outs he did make were a near miss single to center, and a long fly ball to left field that most people in the building thought was a home run -- including Cespedes himself. When I asked him about the near-miss homer in the eighth inning, he cracked a guilty smile. "I knew I didn't hit the ball well, but the way the ball was going I presumed the ball was gone," he said through interpreter Ariel Prieto. Cespedes declared his strained left hamstring 80 percent healthy, and only wants to play in the outfield when he feels 100 percent. For the time being, the A's will surely be happy just to have him in the lineup."Boy, he is on it," Melvin said. "It was pretty impressive to see a guy that's been out in the fashion that he had been, coming in as the DH, having to think about his injuries a little bit, and to put together four at-bats like that was good to see." Speaking of players the A's are happy to have in the lineup -- Brandon Moss hit a screaming blast into the right field bleachers on a 1-1 pitch from Scott Elbert in the eighth. It was Moss' seventh home run in just 13 games with the A's. It was even more impressive because it came off a lefty. While the A's got their five-tool outfielder back from a hamstring injury, the Dodgers weren't so lucky. Matt Kemp remains out for the Dodgers with a hamstring issue of his own. Entering Wednesday, both Cespedes and Kemp had missed 32 games this season.The A's will go for the series sweep in a day game on Thursday, against reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw.

Gray strikes out 11, Davis homers in A's 4-1 win over Marlins

Gray strikes out 11, Davis homers in A's 4-1 win over Marlins

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OAKLAND -- Sonny Gray wanted to lighten the mood in the Athletics' clubhouse before the game so he lit a few candles in an adjacent locker, lowered the lights and had peaceful, pan-flute music piped into the overhead speakers.

Then the Oakland ace went out and put the Miami Marlins' offense to sleep with his best outing in two years.

Gray struck out a season-high 11 over seven innings, Khris Davis homered and the A's beat the Marlins 4-1 on Wednesday.

"We were just getting everybody nice and relaxed," Gray said of his pregame routine. "It was a good way to start the day. If we're going to put this thing together here . we're going to have to get everyone together and that's just a little way to do that."

Jed Lowrie matched his career high with four hits including two doubles, and Matt Joyce reached base three times and scored to help the A's earn a split of the two-game interleague series.

Gray (2-1) was dominant while earning his second straight win. The right-hander, who began the season on the disabled list because of a strained lat, retired the first nine batters, struck out the side twice and pitched out of a pair of jams to strand runners at third. Gray walked one and allowed three hits.

The 11 strikeout were one shy of Gray's career-best.

"That's what the really good ones do," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "They have a level and they have another level when they need it. We saw everything that makes him who he is today."

Ryan Madson pitched the eighth and Santiago Casilla got the last three outs for his seventh save, getting Tyler Moore to foul out with two runners on base to end the game.

Edinson Volquez (0-7) allowed three runs over six innings and tied the Marlins franchise record for most consecutive losses to open a season. The 33-year-old right-hander has dropped eight straight decisions overall dating to 2016, the longest drought of his career.

"When I signed on here I was hoping to be better than what I am right now," Volquez said. "The longer I'm pitching the way I did tonight, I'm good with it. I think I threw the ball pretty good today. One mistake. I threw a fastball to Davis and the ball keeps going."

The A's won despite three errors. They have 46 this season, most in the majors.

Dee Gordon singled and scored Miami's lone run.

LOWRIE WARMING UP:
Lowrie doubled and scored on Davis' 14th home run of the season, a two-out opposite field shot off Volquez. Lowrie added an RBI double in the fifth then singled in Adam Rosales in the seventh. It was Lowrie's team-leading 16th multi-hit game of the season and extended his modest hitting streak to six games. "Really consistent the whole year," Melvin said of Lowrie, who went 13 for 25 on the homestand. "Physically he feels better than he ever has. Durability-wise he's been out there more. I consistently talk to him about DH, but no, he wants to play."

TRAINER'S ROOM:
Marlins: LF Christian Yelich did not play and is day to day after suffering a right hip flexor injury during Tuesday's win.

Athletics: 1B Yonder Alonso wore a protective wrap around his right wrist and was held out of the lineup after getting hit by a pitch. Melvin expects Alonso to be in the lineup Friday in New York. . RHP Jesse Hahn, who left his start Tuesday with a triceps strain, underwent an MRI test but results were unknown . LHP Sean Doolittle (left shoulder strain) will throw live batting practice Saturday in extended spring training in Arizona. . RHP Bobby Wahl was placed on the 10-day disabled list with soreness in his shoulder and biceps tendinitis. RHP Zach Neal was called up from Triple-A Nashville.

UP NEXT:
Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (2-3) faces the Los Angeles Angels for only the second time in his career Friday in Miami. Straily has failed to make it past the fifth inning in seven of his nine starts this season.

Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (2-2) pitches against the Yankees on Friday when Oakland begins a three-game series in New York. Kendall is winless in five starts since coming off the disabled list.

A's lineup: Alonso out vs Marlins after getting hit on wrist

A's lineup: Alonso out vs Marlins after getting hit on wrist

A day after getting hit by a pitch on his wrist, Yonder Alonso is not in the lineup as the A's get set to take on the Marlins Wednesday.

Miami Marlins:
1. Dee Gordon (L) 2B
2. Giancarlo Stanton (R) DH
3. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF
4. Justin Bour (L) 1B
5. J.T. Realmuto (R) C
6. Derek Dietrich (L) 3B
7. Tyler Moore (R) LF
8. J.T. Riddle (L) SS
9. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
Edinson Volquez -- RHP

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