October 1, 2012 in Sports

A’s complete sweep of M’s

Cespedes, Reddick homer late for A’s
By The Spokesman-Review
Associated Press photo

Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes watches his game-winning home run leave the park in the eighth inning Sunday.
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OAKLAND, Calif. – The Seattle Mariners watched Oakland make a playoff push with a pair of dramatic weekend wins.

So close sometimes, these Mariners. They missed chances in the early innings, just as they did all series in being swept.

Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning to move Oakland a win closer to the club’s first playoff berth in six years, and the A’s beat Seattle 5-2 on Sunday to stay right on the heels of Texas in the A.L. West race.

“That’s really been the story of our season offensively,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. “Without a doubt these kids have gotten better individually, but collectively we’ve got to do better when you do create those opportunities and finish things off.”

Cespedes also hit an RBI triple and Brandon Moss had a sacrifice fly in the first inning for the A’s, who pulled within two games of Texas. The Rangers and Athletics close out the regular season with a three-game series in Oakland.

Oakland leads Los Angeles by 3 games for the second A.L. wild card. The Angels close out the regular season with three games against the Mariners in Seattle.

Cespedes sent a 1-2 pitch from Shawn Kelley (2-4) into the seats for his 23rd homer. Josh Reddick connected with a two-run shot for his team-leading 32nd homer two batters later.

Sean Doolittle (2-1) pitched a perfect eighth for the win, and Greg Balfour finished for his 22nd save.

Kyle Seager and Justin Smoak each hit RBI singles in the third as Seattle tied it at 2-all. The M’s were 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position this series before Carlos Triunfel’s second-inning single, but Smoak was thrown out at home.

Athletics 5, Mariners 2

Gutierrez cf 212000.260
Robinson lf 301001.216
C.Wells rf 412001.223
Seager 3b 401103.258
Montero c 300011.257
Smoak 1b 402100.214
M.Saunders lf-cf 400001.249
Olivo dh 401001.219
Triunfel 2b 301000.235
Ackley ph 100000.227
Ryan ss 301000.195
c-Jaso ph 100000.275
Totals 36211218
Crisp cf 300010.260
Drew ss 310012.257
Cespedes lf 423201.291
Moss 1b 311101.284
Reddick rf 411201.244
Donaldson 3b 400001.240
S.Smith dh 301000.240
Weeks pr-dh 100000.221
Kottaras c 100010.214
Norris ph-c 100001.190
Pennington 2b 100020.217
Totals 2856557
Seattle 002000000—2110
Oakland 20000003x—560

LOB—Sea 8, Oak 5. 2B—Gutierrez 2 (10), Ryan (19). 3B—C.Wells (3), Cespedes (5). HR—Cespedes (23), off Kelley; Reddick (32), off Luetge. RBIs—Seager (84), Smoak (50), Cespedes 2 (82), Moss (48), Reddick 2 (83). SB—Crisp (38), Moss (1). SF—Moss. RLSP—Sea 5, Oak 3. RISP—Sea 5 for 15; Oak 2 for 7. GIDP—J.Montero, Crisp. DP—Sea 1, Oak 1.

Ramirez 61/3322463.36
Furbush 1000112.72
Kelley L,2-4 0111003.25
Luetge 0222003.98
Kinney 2/3000004.02
Milone 42/3922033.74
Neshek 0000101.37
Blevins 11/3000002.49
R.Cook 1200032.18
Doolittle W,2-1 1000013.25
Balfour S,221000012.64

IR-S—Furbush 1-0, Neshek 1-0, Blevins 2-0. T—3:17. A—21,057 (35,067).

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