Yoenis Céspedes delivered a three-run double and Josh Reddick
joined Crisp with two runs scored as the Athletics improved to 6-2
in their last eight. Brad Mills (1-0), acquired from Milwaukee for
$1 on June 13, gave Oakland plenty of bang for its buck by giving up
three runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings in his second start of the
season to earn his first win since July 8, 2012.
Lucas Duda clubbed a pinch-hit, three-run homer, Chris Young added a
two-run blast - his third homer in two games - and Curtis Granderson
collected three hits for New York, which was denied a season-high
fourth straight win. Zack Wheeler (3-8), coming off his first career
shutout, lasted only two innings and was battered for six runs on as
many hits to drop to 0-3 in five interleague starts.
Moss hit a towering homer to right field off Wheeler in the first
before the Athletics pulled away with four runs in the second,
getting an RBI single from Crisp and a bases-clearing double from
Cespedes to make it 6-0. Crisp smack a solo homer off reliever Dana
Eveland in the fourth before a double-play grounder by Mills in the
sixth pushed home another run.
Mills gave up one-out singles to Travis d'Arnaud and Tejada in the
seventh, bringing manager Bob Melvin to the mound for a visit.
Melvin stayed with Mills and Duda hammered the next pitch to
right-center to get the Mets on the board before Young went deep in
the eighth to cut the deficit to 8-5. Athleticss closer Sean
Doolittle came on in the ninth and struck out the side for his 11th
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Cespedes, who has 12 RBIs during a 10-game hitting
streak, told the San Francisco Chronicle that he plans to defend his
title in the Home Run Derby during next month's All-Star Weekend.
... Granderson has reached base safely in 33 straight starts but 3B
David Wright had his RBI streak snapped at seven games. ... The Mets
open a seven-game road trip at Pittsburgh on Thursday while the
Athletics have a day off before resuming their eight-game trek at
Miami on Friday.
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