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A's closer Street blows second save chance in a row to Marlins

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Dan Uggla beat Oakland closer Huston Street for the second straight night. This time, his Marlins won.

Uggla hit a tiebreaking three-run double in the ninth, and Florida got to Street again in a 6-4 victory over the Athletics on Saturday night.

"We came back today and won," Uggla said. "I was looking for something out over the plate the same as yesterday. I was trying to get my foot down and be aggressive on it."

Cody Ross hit a tying solo homer off Alan Embree with two outs in the eighth, then Uggla lined a double to the wall in left with two outs in the ninth. Street (1-2) also blew a save opportunity Friday night and surrendered two home runs before the A's won in 11 innings.

"It's over. I can't change it. I wish I could but I can't," Street said. "I can't think about it. I can't worry about it. My stuff's been there. That last pitch was just a little up. Mislocation two days in a row. The same guy beat me twice."

Renyel Pinto (2-2) pitched a perfect eighth with two strikeouts for the victory and Kevin Gregg allowed Kurt Suzuki's RBI single and faced a bases-loaded jam before finishing for his 13th save in 17 chances. Gregg needed 34 pitches to wrap up the win, with first baseman Jorge Cantu making a great diving stop along the first-base line to save the game.

"I had a good jump and I knew I had a chance," Cantu said. "I read it good off the bat and I knew he was a pull hitter, so I leaned that way a little."

Eric Chavez and Suzuki each drove in two runs. Suzuki also had a sacrifice fly in the fourth that put the A's ahead. Chavez hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first against Ricky Nolasco after Florida made it 1-0 in the top half on an RBI single by Wes Helms.

Chavez's double was his 522nd extra-base hit, passing Reggie Jackson for second most in Oakland history behind Mark McGwire (563).

A's starter Dana Eveland pitched into the seventh despite not having his best stuff. Perhaps the biggest difference was cutting down his walks. Eveland allowed two runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked only two. He had walked 16 in his three other June starts and his 42 free passes heading into the game were third-most in the American League.

Oakland used seven pitchers Friday, so some weren't available Saturday, making Eveland's effort that much more important. Sinkerballer Brad Ziegler recorded the final two outs of the seventh working for the fourth straight game, before Embree allowed Florida's majors-leading 111th homer of the year and the 12th by Ross.

Oakland manager Bob Geren isn't about to think twice about using Street just because of his results the last two games.

"Street's our closer. That's what I do in the ninth inning of a tie game -- use my closer," Geren said. "He knows it just comes with the territory. Closer is a tough job. When you make a mistake it's very visible because it's the ninth inning. You're going to have bad games. When you have two together it magnifies it a little more."

Suzuki had another good game after driving in a career-best five runs and matching his best output with four hits Friday night -- including the game-winner in the 11th.

Bobby Crosby doubled leading off the fourth to end an 0-for-12 stretch, then singled and scored in the ninth.

"They made it exciting in the ninth, like we did in the top of the ninth," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "It was just nice to win."

Jeremy Hermida extended his season-best hitting streak to nine games with a single in the fourth and leadoff hitter Hanley Ramirez stole his 18th and 19th bases of the year.

Marlins center fielder Alfredo Amezaga left in the fourth with a tight left groin that he aggravated running the bases. Robert Andino replaced him and made his first career appearance in the outfield.

Notes

  • Florida LF Josh Willingham, sidelined since late April with a back injury, was slated to play through the weekend for Double-A Carolina, travel back to Miami on Monday's off day and likely be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.
  • It was cooler Saturday, but still hot for the Bay Area. A night after a first-pitch temperature of 91 degrees, it was 75 degrees Saturday for a game that started about an hour earlier.
  • The teams combined for six home runs Friday in a ballpark where the ball doesn't usually travel. "That's the best I've ever seen the ball fly here at night," Geren said.
  • Oakland's Rajai Davis earned back-to-back starts in CF.
  • The A's six strikeouts ended a stretch in which they went four straight games with 10 or more Ks.
 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

B. Crosby
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS2210200 .300
Jeremy Hermida, RF4110114 .268
Jorge Cantu, 1B4011005 .285
Wes Helms, 3B5121011 .259
Dan Uggla, 2B4013112 .296
Luis Gonzalez, DH5010004 .273
Cody Ross, LF4121011 .216
Matt Treanor, C4020000 .253
Alfredo Amezaga, CF1100001 .240
    Robert Andino, CF2000000 .160
Totals35611644  
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (12, Eveland), Dan Uggla (24, Street)
HR - Cody Ross (12, Embree)
SH - Alfredo Amezaga (3)
RBI - Jorge Cantu (43), Wes Helms (21), Dan Uggla 3 (57), Cody Ross (29)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 3 (21), Cody Ross (13)
SB - Hanley Ramirez 2 (19, 3rd base off Eveland/Suzuki, 2nd base off Street/Suzuki), Alfredo Amezaga (3, 2nd base off Eveland/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco 7733130 4.31
Renyel Pinto (W,2-2) 1000020 2.74
Kevin Gregg (S,13) 1211210 2.52
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 103-70, Renyel Pinto 17-9, Kevin Gregg 34-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 8-9, Renyel Pinto 1-0, Kevin Gregg 2-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 28, Renyel Pinto 3, Kevin Gregg 7
Oakland Athletics
Mark Ellis, 2B3110201 .254
Ryan Sweeney, LF5120013 .299
Jack Cust, DH4000022 .243
Eric Chavez, 3B4012001 .284
Bobby Crosby, SS4220001 .255
Jack Hannahan, 1B4000012 .221
Kurt Suzuki, C3012010 .279
Carlos Gonzalez, RF3010100 .247
Rajai Davis, CF4010013 .213
Totals3449436  
Batting
2B - Eric Chavez (7, Nolasco), Bobby Crosby (24, Nolasco), Rajai Davis (2, Nolasco)
SF - Kurt Suzuki (1)
RBI - Eric Chavez 2 (12), Kurt Suzuki 2 (25)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Crosby-Hannahan, Ellis-Crosby-Hannahan
Oakland Athletics
Dana Eveland 6.1822240 3.51
Brad Ziegler (H,3) 0.2000000 0.00
Alan Embree (BS,3) 1111001 3.82
Huston Street (L,1-2) 0.2233200 4.32
Chad Gaudin 0.1000000 3.79
IBB - Hermida by Huston Street
HBP - Cantu (by Dana Eveland), H. Ramirez (by Dana Eveland)
Pitches-Strikes - Dana Eveland 103-58, Brad Ziegler 11-6, Alan Embree 12-9, Huston Street 20-8, Chad Gaudin 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dana Eveland 7-6, Brad Ziegler 2-0, Alan Embree 1-2, Huston Street 1-1, Chad Gaudin 1-0
Batters Faced - Dana Eveland 29, Brad Ziegler 2, Alan Embree 4, Huston Street 6, Chad Gaudin 1
Game Information
Attendance - 19287
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Ted Barrett