Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 6, Indians 4

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Pratt's Instant Replay: A's 6, Indians 4

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OAKLAND -- As the A's opened up the homestand honoring the 10th anniversary of the 20-game record streak of the 2002 team, the 2012 team might be beginning a streak of their own. Oakland overcame a 4-0 deficit to win the game 6-4. The A's have won two games in a row. It's not 20, but it will do for now.At the PlateDerek Norris was drilled in the face mask by the follow through of Carlos Santana's bat in the first inning. He was rattled for a moment but staid in the game. Norris later stepped to the plate and took out his aggression on a Zach McAllister pitch. He might have hit the ball too hard, as it rocketed off his bat smashing into the very top of the wall in left field. It ended up being a long single.The A's fell behind by four runs in the top half of the fourth inning. They came to the plate and immediately chipped away at the lead. Chris Carter lead off by smoking a single to right field. After Brandon Moss reached with on a walk, Josh Donaldson clobbered a double to the left field wall scoring Carter and moving Moss to third. Norris hit a soft ground ball to third scoring Moss and cutting the lead in half. Then Cliff Pennington stroked an RBI single to right field to score Donaldson.The A's put a rally together in the eighth inning with a surprise cameo. Carter led off with a walk, and Moss singled to right. Josh Reddick then stepped to the plate to an applause. Reddick who wasn't in the lineup after having another procedure at the dentist this afternoon, smacked a bloop single. Donaldson then stroked a hard-hit single to left field scoring the go-ahead run. Pennington added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to right field.Josh Donaldson was locked in at the plate. His double was smoked to left. He also collected two singles to right, and a single to left. He ended the night a career-high 4 for 4.Starting Pitching ReportThe A's skipped Tommy Milone's previous start to get the rookie pitcher some extra rest. A refreshed Milone looked good out of the gate. Joe West's strike zone however, didn't.West called several close pitches balls that looked like and showed up as strikes on the MLB pitch FX.Milone got into trouble in the fourth inning. Carlos Santana drew a leadoff walk. The next batter Michael Brantley reached on an error charged to Yoenis Cespedes. Brantley hit a high fly ball to left field that Cespedes and Pennington let fall between them. Jason Donald followed with another single to load the bases with no outs. Shelley Duncan then struck the big blow, driving a 3-2 fastball into the left field bleachers for a Grand Slam.To Milone's credit he settled down after the homer. He retired five of the next six batters he faced, striking out three of them. He ended up allowing three earned runs, on six hits, and six strikeouts.Bullpen ReportPat Neshek pitched faced four batters retiring them all in order. He struck out half of them. Jordan Norberto faced five batters, also striking out two of them.He hit Shin-soo Choo with a pitch on an 0-2 count. Choo was the only base runner he allowed. Norberto has gone more than one inning in five of his last six outings. He is extremely versatile and is having a big year out of the A's bullpen.Grant Bafour entered in the ninth inning for the save opportunity. He struck out Duncan looking to start the inning. Then retired the next two batters with ease to earn his 10th save.Balfour hasn't allowed a run in 15 of his last 16 outings. Before the game A's manager Bob Melvin said that Balfour is a good fit for the team in the ninth inning at this time.AttendanceThe A's announced an attendance of 13,967.Dot RaceBlue wins the dot race. Red knocked White and Blue off the track in the second lap but they got back on and rallied.Up NextThe steady Bartolo Colon (9-9, 3.55 ERA) takes the hill for Oakland. Colon's three-game winning streak was snapped in Chicago after a rough five-run inning.He will be opposed by Corey Kluber (0-1, 8.56 ERA). Kluber is winless in his three starts for the Indians this season. He allowed six runs in his last start.

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

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The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.