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A's Suzuki caps off five-RBI night with game winner in 11th

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Kurt Suzuki's knee was throbbing. So was his foot, painful reminders of the foul balls that that hit off his body earlier in the night.

Still, the Oakland catcher managed to smile as he stood beside his locker after delivering the game-winning hit.

"At my position you expect to get foul tips," said Suzuki, who doubled in pinch-runner Jack Hannahan with the winning run in the 11th inning as the A's withstood four home runs by Florida to beat the Marlins 7-6 on Friday night.

"You just have to keep going and take care of it. I'm going to sit in the cold tub right now and take care of that stuff but everything's fine and I'll be ready to go tomorrow, that's for sure."

Suzuki hit a two-run homer and a two-run double before his game-winning hit off Florida's Doug Waechter gave the A's their fourth walkoff win of June and sixth overall this season.

Dan Uggla hit his 22nd and 23rd home runs of the season for the Marlins, who rallied from a 4-0 deficit to force extra innings. It was the fourth multihomer game of the season for Uggla and the ninth of his career.

Eric Chavez opened the 11th for Oakland with a long fly ball that left fielder Luis Gonzalez dropped at the wall. Hannahan replaced Chavez on second before Suzuki lined a 1-2 pitch off Waechter (0-2) down the right field line to knock in the winning run.

"(Suzuki) got beat up pretty good tonight," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "He fouled a ball off his foot. He fouled a ball of his knee. He just kept gutting it out. He was very banged up and still put together some great at-bats all the way to the final one."

Andrew Brown (1-0), the seventh A's pitcher, threw two shutout innings after Florida hit two home runs off Oakland closer Huston Street to force extra innings.

Suzuki and Carlos Gonzalez hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth. It was the first career homer for Gonzalez, who was acquired by Oakland in the offseason as part of a multiplayer deal that sent staff ace Dan Haren to Arizona.

"It's all about fighting. We never give up," Gonzalez said. "Even if we have to go 15 or 20 (innings), we're going to fight to the end. This is a team that never gives up."

Uggla homered off A's starter Rich Harden in the sixth and hit another off Street in the ninth, passing Philadelphia's Chase Utley for the major league lead. Jeremy Hermida also homered off Street, who blew a save for only the third time in 16 opportunities this season.

It was just the second time in his career that Street has allowed two home runs in one game.

The Marlins also got a home run from Hanley Ramirez to up their majors-leading total to 110, but lost in their first trip to Oakland.

"We almost stole it from them," Uggla said. "They were beating us all game and we almost stole it from them and they came back and fought right back, so you have to tip your cap to them. It's the way it goes sometimes."

Florida starter Mark Hendrickson allowed four runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings but avoided his fourth straight loss thanks to the Marlins' power surge.

Harden, who was trying to become Oakland's first pitcher since 2001 to win his first five decisions, gave up five hits and had five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander moved into 20th place on Oakland's career strikeout list with 503.


  • The temperature was 91 degrees at first pitch.
  • The win was the A's 119th in interleague play, tying them with the New York Yankees for tops in the majors. The Marlins have the third-most at 109.
  • Oakland activated INF Donnie Murphy from the disabled list and optioned INF Gregorio Petit to Triple-A Sacramento.
  • Marlins RHP Josh Johnson, on the mend from Tommy John surgery in August, will make his next start for Double-A Carolina.
  • Former A's pitcher Vida Blue will throw out the ceremonial first pitch Saturday as part of Oakland's 40th anniversary celebration.
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Kurt Suzuki is greeted by teammates after driving in his fifth run of the game, lifting the A's.   (AP)
Kurt Suzuki is greeted by teammates after driving in his fifth run of the game, lifting the A's. (AP)

Players of the Game

K. Suzuki
AB 5
R 1
H 4
HR 1

D. Uggla
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 2

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS6131004 .298
Jeremy Hermida, RF6222022 .268
Jorge Cantu, 1B6010011 .285
Mike Jacobs, DH6000023 .235
Dan Uggla, 2B6242010 .297
Luis Gonzalez, LF4011101 .275
Wes Helms, 3B5030012 .254
Cody Ross, CF5010003 .209
Matt Treanor, C3100213 .247
2B - Hanley Ramirez (11, Harden)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (16, Casilla), Jeremy Hermida (7, Street), Dan Uggla 2 (23, Harden, Street)
SF - Luis Gonzalez (3)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez (33), Jeremy Hermida 2 (36), Dan Uggla 2 (54), Luis Gonzalez (29)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Hermida 2 (16), Dan Uggla (18)
Team LOB - 12
E - Luis Gonzalez (4, Dropped fly), Matt Treanor (7, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
Mark Hendrickson 6.1744042 5.73
Justin Miller 0.2000010 3.93
Renyel Pinto (H,11) 0.2122120 2.81
Joe Nelson (BS,1) 1.1100020 1.38
Doug Waechter (L,0-2) 1110020 2.92
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Hendrickson 89-56, Justin Miller 6-5, Renyel Pinto 17-10, Joe Nelson 24-17, Doug Waechter 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Hendrickson 8-7, Joe Nelson 1-1, Doug Waechter 1-1
Batters Faced - Mark Hendrickson 26, Justin Miller 2, Renyel Pinto 4, Joe Nelson 5, Doug Waechter 5
Oakland Athletics
Mark Ellis, 2B5000023 .253
Ryan Sweeney, LF4001021 .296
Jack Cust, DH5000020 .248
Bobby Crosby, SS4100110 .252
Eric Chavez, 3B5220010 .286
    Jack Hannahan, PR0100000 .226
Kurt Suzuki, C5145010 .279
Carlos Gonzalez, RF4111012 .243
Daric Barton, 1B4020010 .227
Rajai Davis, CF4110002 .211
2B - Eric Chavez (6, Hendrickson), Kurt Suzuki 2 (10, Nelson, Waechter)
HR - Kurt Suzuki (3, Hendrickson), Carlos Gonzalez (1, Hendrickson)
SF - Ryan Sweeney (4)
RBI - Ryan Sweeney (24), Kurt Suzuki 5 (23), Carlos Gonzalez (12)
2-OUT RBI - Kurt Suzuki 4 (8), Carlos Gonzalez (4)
SB - Rajai Davis 2 (13, 3rd base off Hendrickson/Treanor, 2nd base off Hendrickson/Treanor)
Team LOB - 5
Oakland Athletics
Rich Harden 5.2511251 2.44
Brad Ziegler (H,2) 0.1200000 0.00
Santiago Casilla0322001 1.86
Alan Embree (H,13) 1100010 3.64
Keith Foulke (H,8) 0.2011100 3.28
Huston Street (BS,3) 1.1322002 3.58
Andrew Brown (W,1-0) 2100020 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Harden 98-61, Brad Ziegler 14-9, Santiago Casilla 14-8, Alan Embree 21-15, Keith Foulke 15-7, Huston Street 23-14, Andrew Brown 32-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Harden 2-10, Brad Ziegler 1-0, Alan Embree 1-1, Huston Street 1-3
Batters Faced - Rich Harden 24, Brad Ziegler 3, Santiago Casilla 3, Alan Embree 4, Keith Foulke 3, Huston Street 7, Andrew Brown 7
Game Information
Attendance - 15035
Game Time - 3:32
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Dana DeMuth, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Doug Eddings