Sunday sun stumps A's in 6-5 loss

August 6, 2012, 1:04 am
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OAKLAND -- The A's 10-game winning streak in games decided by one-run came to an end as Toronto defeated Oakland 6-5 on Sunday. It might not have been a one-run contest had it not been for a costly miscue. With two outs in the fifth inning, Rajai Davis hit a popup that shortstop Adam Rosales lost in the afternoon sun and couldn't catch. The next four batters reached base as the Blue Jays scored three runs and took a 6-4 lead. "I really wish I made that play. It definitely changed the game," Rosales said. "I make that play and I believe we win for sure."Rosales said the ball went into the sun right off the bat. He explained that usually it comes out of the sun and he is able to stay with it to make a play. On this occasion he said the ball never revealed itself. It is impossible to place the blame squarely on the A's shortstop on this occasion. Starting pitcher Tommy Milone made sure to point out that he deserves a share as well. "It's just one of those things that happens," Milone said. "I know the guys behind me are trying their best and sometimes that ball gets up in the sun and there is nothing they can do. My job is to get back out there and throw quality pitches, and I felt like I didn't do that after that happened."Milone is officially in a rut. He has allowed 16 runs in his last 19 innings pitched and lost his last three starts. It is the first three-game losing streak of his career. This after having a pretty successful first half of the season. Even with the recent struggles he has a respectable 3.91 ERA -- not bad for a rookie. "It's a bad run right now," Milone said. "I just have to forget about it and hopefully come out of it and worry about the next one."Milone says he isn't feeling fatigued as the season wears on. He did admit to not feeling sharp in his last few starts. His self assessment after the game was brutally honest. "Horrible, I couldn't get that one big pitch that I needed," he said. "I was leaving balls up over the plate and they were capitalizing on them."Arguably the worst pitch he made was a fastball to Edwin Encarnacion that badly missed location. The Jays DH smashed the ball to dead center for a two-run homer. Milone's 19th homer allowed this season gave the Jays back the momentum right after Josh Reddick hit his team-leading 24th homer of the year, a three-run blast to give the A's a 4-1 lead. The A's got another bad break in the bottom of the ninth. Down one run, pinch-hitter Brandon Moss drew a one-out walk and was lifted for pinch runner Eric Sogard. Jemile Weeks came to the plate and cracked a hard-hit ball that was snared by Jays third baseman Yan Gomes, who threw to first to complete the game-ending double play. Weeks made solid contact on the ball. Had it gotten past Gomes it could have made it all the way to the wall, possibly tying the game."I thought it was going to get by, but he let it get deep and caught it like that," Weeks said. "Wasn't much else I wanted to do with that pitch and he made a play."
After 18 and one-third innings pitched by the Oakland bullpen the last two days the team was forced to make two roster moves before. They added relief pitchers Evan Scribner and Pedro Figueroa. Those two pitchers combined for three scoreless innings and kept the team in the game until the end. Their efforts gave the rest of the overworked relievers a much needed day off. "We were very limited in what we were going to do in the bullpen today," Melvin said. "They came in the game and held it there. We ended up coming back within one run where one hit can tie it up for us, so they did very well."The A's split the four-game series with the Blue Jays and have now lost their last two games and five of their last eight contests. They are a half game ahead of the Angels and tied with Detroit for the first American League Wild Card spot. Those division rival Angels will be in Oakland the next three days for a key series.