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A's avoid sweep thanks to bases-loaded walk in 14th inning

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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SAN DIEGO -- The Oakland Athletics outlasted the San Diego Padres on a long, hot afternoon, thanks in large part to four brilliant innings of relief by Ron Flores.

Flores earned his first big league win by allowing only a single in the first four extra innings, before pinch-hitter Antonio Perez drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the 14th to cap a hitless rally and give the Athletics a 6-5 win.

Oakland avoided a three-game sweep in a matchup of the top two teams out West.

After Chad Gaudin got Brian Giles to line into a game-ending double play, Flores (1-1) was intent on getting the ball for a keepsake.

"I almost had to tackle him, but I got it from him," the left-hander said. "I'll remember that one for a while. It's pretty cool. It was his second career save and my first big league win."

If Flores' spot in the order hadn't come up in the 14th, he would have gone back out.

"Seriously, I was at the point where I probably wouldn't even have thrown warmup pitches in between innings. I was pretty loose already by then," he said.

After Oakland closer Huston Street squandered a two-run lead in the ninth to let the Padres tie it at 5, Flores pitched a perfect 10th and 11th. He allowed Brian Giles' leadoff single in the 12th. Josh Bard struck out and Adrian Gonzalez hit into an inning-ending double play, then Flores threw a perfect 13th.

"I got a lot of early outs, a lot of first- or second-pitch outs using the changeup a lot," Flores said. "It's late in the game, and a home run wins it for them, so there's a bunch of guys trying to finish the game. If you make quality pitches early in the count, you're going to get a lot of popups and weak grounders. Luckily I didn't hang anything on the first pitch or second pitch, and they kept getting themselves out."

The Padres even used Chan Ho Park, who's scheduled to start Friday night against San Francisco, as a pinch-hitter in the 13th. Park, batting .360, flied out to end the inning.

"I'm thinking, there's no way I'm throwing a first-pitch fastball here," Flores said. "I threw a changeup just to slow his eyes down a little bit. It's kind of funny to go changeup, fastball, changeup to another team's pitcher, but it's the 13th inning, so what are you going to do?"

The A's rallied against Scott Cassidy (4-4) in the 14th without getting a hit. They had three walks, including one intentional, a hit batsman and a sacrifice.

Perez, hitting .082, pinch-hit for Flores and got ahead of Cassidy 3-0. The right-hander threw two strikes, then missed outside to bring in Marco Scutaro, who drew a leadoff walk.

"It's one of those things," said Bard, San Diego's catcher. "Scott's done a good job for us and we have complete confidence in him."

Giles, the Padres' right fielder, ended the top of the 11th by throwing out Mike Rouse, who tried to score the go-ahead run on Jason Kendall's single. Giles gloved the short hop and threw a one-bouncer to Bard, who went up the first-base line to field it, then dove to tag Rouse.

Gaudin pitched the 14th for his second save. With two runners on, Giles lined into a game-ending double play - Mike Cameron was doubled off second by second baseman Rouse.

The Padres twice tied the game in the late innings.

Bard hit a two-run single off Street with two outs in the ninth to tie the score at 5. The runs were unearned because of first baseman Dan Johnson's error on a pickoff attempt. It was Street's second consecutive blown save and sixth this season.

Jay Payton put the Athletics ahead 5-3 with a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth, his fourth. Payton, San Diego's center fielder in 2004, had three hits and scored twice. Eric Chavez, who went to high school in San Diego, was aboard on a leadoff walk.

Cameron hit an RBI triple with one out in the seventh to tie the score at 3. That got ace Jake Peavy off the hook for what would have been his ninth loss this season. Peavy left after six innings, trailing 3-0.

Oakland's Dan Haren had a one-hitter through five shutout innings before allowing consecutive homers to Adrian Gonzalez, his 11th, and Mark Bellhorn, his sixth, with two outs in the sixth, pulling the Padres to 3-2.

Haren gave up two runs and three hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked four.

Peavy threw 114 pitches in six innings, allowing three runs and seven hits, with eight strikeouts and two walks.

Bobby Kielty hit an RBI double and Marco Scutaro an RBI groundout in the second. Bobby Crosby's RBI single in the third made it 3-0 Oakland.

"We couldn't figure out Flores," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

Notes

  • Oakland's Nick Swisher struck out a career-high five times to tie the franchise record. He's the sixth player in A's history to do it, including Hall of Famers Lefty Grove and Reggie Jackson.
  • The Padres came into the game with the NL's best ERA at 3.89.
  • It was the sixth time this season the Padres hit consecutive homers.
 
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Catcher Josh Bard applies the tag to Mike Rouse, who tries to score from second in the 11th inning.  (AP)
Catcher Josh Bard applies the tag to Mike Rouse, who tries to score from second in the 11th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Payton
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

J. Bard
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Oakland Athletics
Jason Kendall, C6130002 .277
Nick Swisher, LF7010052 .274
Eric Chavez, 3B5100231 .246
Bobby Crosby, SS5121012 .251
    Ron Flores, P1000000 .000
   a- Antonio Perez, PH0001100 .082
    Chad Gaudin, P0000000 .000
Dan Johnson, 1B6000126 .247
Jay Payton, CF-RF6232002 .283
Bobby Kielty, RF3011120 .287
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
    Mike Rouse, 2B2010000 .292
Marco Scutaro, 2B-SS4101201 .224
Dan Haren, P2000011 .000
   b- Doug Clark, PH1000010 .167
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Scott Sauerbeck, P0000000 .000
    Brad Halsey, P0000000 .000
    Mark Kotsay, CF2000002 .259
Totals50611671519 
a-walked for Flores in the 14th
b-struck out for Haren in the 7th
Batting
2B - Bobby Kielty (9, Peavy), Mike Rouse (3, Adkins)
HR - Jay Payton (4, Linebrink)
SH - Mark Kotsay (2)
RBI - Bobby Crosby (33), Antonio Perez (6), Jay Payton 2 (24), Bobby Kielty (15), Marco Scutaro (15)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Crosby (16), Antonio Perez (4), Jay Payton 2 (9)
SB - Jason Kendall 2 (4, 2nd base off Peavy/Bard, 2nd base off Peavy/Bard), Eric Chavez (2, 2nd base off Linebrink/Bard)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Scutaro-Crosby-Johnson, Rouse-Scutaro-Johnson, Rouse-Scutaro
E - Dan Johnson (2, )
Oakland Athletics
Dan Haren 6322472 3.53
Kiko Calero (BS,3) 0.1111210 3.73
Scott Sauerbeck 0.2000000 5.52
Brad Halsey (H,2) 0.2100020 3.67
Huston Street (BS,6) 1.1120330 3.60
Ron Flores (W,1-1) 4100020 2.70
Chad Gaudin (S,2) 1200000 4.25
IBB - Giles by Huston Street
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 108-70, Kiko Calero 20-10, Scott Sauerbeck 4-1, Brad Halsey 15-11, Huston Street 32-16, Ron Flores 35-25, Chad Gaudin 9-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 3-8, Scott Sauerbeck 1-0, Huston Street 1-0, Ron Flores 1-8
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 25, Kiko Calero 4, Scott Sauerbeck 1, Brad Halsey 3, Huston Street 8, Ron Flores 12, Chad Gaudin 4
San Diego Padres
Mike Cameron, CF6121112 .259
Eric Young, LF4000114 .223
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
    Vinny Castilla, 3B2010000 .237
Brian Giles, RF5010203 .278
Josh Bard, C5022121 .351
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6121036 .278
Mark Bellhorn, 3B-2B6111034 .216
Khalil Greene, SS6000024 .223
Josh Barfield, 2B3100220 .256
    Jon Adkins, P0000000 .000
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
   a- Chan Ho Park, PH1000000 .346
    Scott Cassidy, P0000000 .000
Jake Peavy, P2000010 .103
    Brian Sikorski, P0000000 .000
   b- Rob Bowen, PH0100100 .333
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sweeney, P0000000 .000
   c- Mike Piazza, PH0000100 .264
    Ben Johnson, PR-LF2000000 .254
Totals4859591524 
a-flied out for Embree in the 13th
b-walked for Sikorski in the 7th
c-walked for Sweeney in the 9th
Batting
3B - Mike Cameron (3, Calero)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (11, Haren), Mark Bellhorn (6, Haren)
RBI - Mike Cameron (31), Josh Bard 2 (18), Adrian Gonzalez (28), Mark Bellhorn (21)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Bard 2 (6), Adrian Gonzalez (10), Mark Bellhorn (7)
SB - Josh Barfield (9, 2nd base off Haren/Kendall)
CS - Mike Cameron (3, 2nd base by Street/Kendall)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brian Giles 1
DP - Bellhorn-Barfield-Gonzalez
E - Mike Cameron (3, Wild throw)
San Diego Padres
Jake Peavy 6733280 4.50
Brian Sikorski 1000020 4.00
Scott Linebrink 1122121 2.95
Brian Sweeney 1000000 2.56
Trevor Hoffman 1100000 1.20
Jon Adkins 0.1100100 4.57
Alan Embree 2.2100030 3.60
Scott Cassidy (L,4-4) 1011300 2.43
IBB - Chavez by Scott Cassidy
HBP - Kendall (by Scott Cassidy)
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Peavy 114-71, Brian Sikorski 16-8, Scott Linebrink 30-16, Brian Sweeney 12-8, Trevor Hoffman 11-7, Jon Adkins 15-9, Alan Embree 32-28, Scott Cassidy 39-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Peavy 6-3, Scott Linebrink 1-0, Brian Sweeney 1-2, Trevor Hoffman 2-1, Alan Embree 2-2, Scott Cassidy 3-0
Batters Faced - Jake Peavy 26, Brian Sikorski 3, Scott Linebrink 5, Brian Sweeney 3, Trevor Hoffman 4, Jon Adkins 3, Alan Embree 8, Scott Cassidy 7
Game Information
Attendance - 30301
Game Time - 4:42
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Joe Brinkman, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Derryl Cousins