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Oakland (50-42) «00000000201370

Brown's walk-off blast in 11th powers A's

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Emil Brown rounded the bases, then grabbed Athletics hitting coach Ty Van Burkleo and nearly smothered him in a hug -- a good student acknowledging his teacher.

Brown hit a solo homer in the 11th inning, after Jack Cust and Kurt Suzuki hit solo shots in the ninth inning to tie the game, and Oakland rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursdsay.

Brown's first career game-winning home run also gave Caesar Jimenez (0-1) his first career decision, after Huston Street (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings for the Athletics.

"I swung the bat, but Ty got me better prepared for that at-bat than any before," Brown said. "He told me exactly what the guy would do and I kept that in the back of my mind like a game plan. He did exactly what Ty told me he would."

Cust led off the ninth with his 17th home run, and second in as many games, off Brandon Morrow. The Mariners' new closer came back to strike out Brown and Carlos Gonzalez, but Suzuki hit his first career pinch-hit homer on a 1-0 delivery to send the game to extra innings.

"I got myself loose just in case I would pinch hit," Suzuki said. "It's not easy to pinch hit against a guy who throws 100 miles an hour. You wait for the fastball and if you get one for a strike, you better not miss it."

It was Morrow's first career blown save and spoiled a stellar performance by R.A. Dickey, who gave up four hits over seven scoreless innings.

"It took me a moment to adjust," Dickey said of working out of a bases-loaded jam in the first. "The bullpen mound is in the opposite direction of the game mound and that makes a big difference for a knuckleballer. It took me an inning to get used to it."

A's starter Greg Smith allowed four hits over six innings, but his offense failed to support him with a run for the seventh time -- and with two or fewer for the 12th time in 18 starts.

"He's pitched great for us all year," Cust said. "It seems like he's always on the short end of a pitcher's duel. He's doing everything he can to keep us in it and the best thing is that we won the game."

Brad Ziegler worked an inning of relief for Oakland, extending his scoreless inning streak to 19 to start his career. He's three shy of Boston's Dave Ferriss for the American League record set in 1945.

The Mariners loaded the bases in the seventh and didn't get any runs, before finally cracking the scoreboard in the eighth.

"You hate to keep saying we're playing great baseball and all that stuff and still losing but we're not cashing in on our opportunities," Mariners manager Jim Riggleman said. "The bottom line is we didn't get enough hits or timely hits."

Jose Lopez doubled leading off and went to third on Raul Ibanez's deep fly to right. After Adrian Beltre was intentionally walked, Jose Vidro dribbled a grounder up the middle that was flagged down by Mark Ellis. The throw to first was too late, allowing Lopez to score.

Seattle added another run in the ninth, when Willie Bloomquist hit a one-out double and stole third. Lopez followed with a double to deep left field that made it 2-0.

"We've been playing better baseball for the last month," Bloomquist said. "If our pitchers keep doing what they've been doing, we're going to win more than we lose. If they do what they've been doing, I like our chances."

Ailing A's outfielder Ryan Sweeney had two hits before leaving the game with a dislocated left pinkie following a stolen base attempt in the bottom of the third.

He's already missed time with a left toe injury and a sprained left ankle, but was batting .351 with six multi-hit games over his last 10 since returning to the lineup.

He was replaced by Rajai Davis in the outfield.

Notes

  • The Mariners placed 1B Richie Sexson on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.
  • Mariners' LHP Erik Bedard went on the disabled list with stiffness in his left shoulder retroactive to July 5.
  • The Mariners recalled RHP Jared Wells and selected IF Tug Hulett from Tacoma of the PCL.
  • Smith matched Kenny Rogers for the most pickoffs in a season (10) by an Oakland pitcher since 1987 after catching Miguel Cairo in the fifth.
  • RHP Sean Gallagher makes his A's debut against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, becoming the 10th rookie (fifth rookie pitcher) to play for the A's.
  • Morrow has allowed four runs this year, all on solo homers.
  • Suzuki's pinch-hit home run was the first for the A's since Adam Melhuse delivered against the Boston Red Sox on Aug. 28, 2006. That had been the longest drought in the majors.
 
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Emil Brown knows he just won the game for the A's with a walk-off homer in the 11th inning.  (AP)
Emil Brown knows he just won the game for the A's with a walk-off homer in the 11th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Seattle

W. Bloomquist
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Oakland

J. Cust
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
Willie Bloomquist, RF6130004 .262
Jose Lopez, 2B6121003 .300
Raul Ibanez, LF5020003 .277
Adrian Beltre, 3B3000203 .256
Jose Vidro, DH5021013 .217
Kenji Johjima, C3000002 .216
   a- Ichiro Suzuki, PH0000100 .305
    Jamie Burke, C1000000 .214
Miguel Cairo, 1B4000113 .212
Jeremy Reed, CF4000113 .260
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4010100 .269
Totals41210263  
a-walked for Johjima in the 8th
Batting
2B - Willie Bloomquist (1, Embree), Jose Lopez 2 (26, Casilla, Embree)
RBI - Jose Lopez (48), Jose Vidro (38)
SB - Willie Bloomquist (9, 3rd base off Embree/Bowen)
PK - Miguel Cairo (1, Smith)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
E - Yuniesky Betancourt (11, Missed catch of throw)
Seattle Mariners
R.A. Dickey 7400440 3.86
Sean Green (H,12) 1000000 2.90
Brandon Morrow (BS,1) 0.2222122 1.23
Mark Lowe 1.1000020 4.10
Cesar Jimenez (L,0-1) 0.1111011 1.29
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 116-67, Sean Green 5-6, Brandon Morrow 28-14, Mark Lowe 21-14, Cesar Jimenez 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 8-7, Sean Green 2-1
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 27, Sean Green 3, Brandon Morrow 5, Mark Lowe 4, Cesar Jimenez 2
Oakland Athletics
Mark Ellis, 2B5000001 .239
Ryan Sweeney, RF2020000 .301
    Rajai Davis, CF3010001 .207
Wes Bankston, 1B4000111 .294
Jack Cust, DH3111220 .223
Emil Brown, LF5121014 .245
Carlos Gonzalez, CF-RF4000023 .256
Rob Bowen, C3000001 .208
   a- Kurt Suzuki, PH-C1111000 .285
Donnie Murphy, SS3000120 .188
Jack Hannahan, 3B3000111 .220
Totals3637359  
a-homered for Bowen in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Sweeney (9, Dickey)
HR - Jack Cust (17, Morrow), Emil Brown (7, Jimenez), Kurt Suzuki (4, Morrow)
RBI - Jack Cust (45), Emil Brown (45), Kurt Suzuki (27)
2-OUT RBI - Kurt Suzuki (9)
CS - Ryan Sweeney (1, 2nd base by Dickey/Johjima), Rajai Davis (4, 2nd base by Dickey/Johjima)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Bankston
Oakland Athletics
Greg Smith 6400120 3.43
Brad Ziegler 1100200 0.00
Santiago Casilla 0.1211100 3.12
Jerry Blevins 0.2000110 0.00
Alan Embree 1211100 4.58
Huston Street (W,2-2) 2100000 3.60
IBB - Beltre by Santiago Casilla, Beltre by Alan Embree
WP - Santiago Casilla (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Greg Smith 89-54, Brad Ziegler 22-11, Santiago Casilla 11-4, Jerry Blevins 16-9, Alan Embree 28-14, Huston Street 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Greg Smith 7-8, Brad Ziegler 2-1, Alan Embree 1-2, Huston Street 4-1
Batters Faced - Greg Smith 22, Brad Ziegler 6, Santiago Casilla 4, Jerry Blevins 3, Alan Embree 6, Huston Street 6
Game Information
Attendance - 15187
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Mark Wegner