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Athletics win season-high five straight

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Jonny Gomes' knew he had been unproductive in a pinch hitting role. That didn't stop him from working the count and getting a pitch he could hit.

Gomes, who was hitless in his 34 previous pinch hit appearances, hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning to help the Oakland Athletics beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 on Saturday.

"Can't hit righties, can't hit sliders, that's something I've battled all my life," Gomes said. "Pinch hitting? Throw that into the bag of things I can't do. You can say I'm 0 for whatever bit I'm still in a big league uniform and battling every day."

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Seth Smith also homered for the A's, who have won a season-high five straight. Jemile Weeks and Collin Cowgill also drove in runs.

"We're starting to get a little character in here," Gomes said. "It's a nice situation."

Carlos Quentin hit a home run for the Padres, who have lost two straight since sweeping the Seattle Mariners. Will Venable also drove in two runs.

Sean Doolittle (1-0) pitched the seventh and earned his first major league victory. The converted first baseman gave up two runs on two hits. He walked one and struck out two. Ryan Cook pitched the ninth for his third save in four chances.

"I never had any decisions in the minor leagues either," Doolittle said. "It just seems like somebody different steps up every day. Sometimes it's a pitcher and sometimes it's a hitter."

Joe Thacher (0-2) took the loss.

Padres starter Ross Ohlendorf lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out three.

A's starter Tyson Ross, in his first big league start in nearly three weeks, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a two-run, two-out home run to Quentin.

"Early in the game he was throwing a lot of fastballs, a lot of sinkers," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Then as the game progressed he got underneath us a little bit with the slider, as evident by multiple strikeouts. He's a tall guy with a good arm slot that when he releases the ball it's a good angle. With the good depth of the slider, you saw our guys swing over the top of it."

Ross allowed the two runs on one hit over his six innings. He walked four and struck out six in his first major league start since May 30.

"His ball-to-strike ratio was not great but he did use his breaking ball effectively," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He certainly kept the damage down. You could say he was effectively wild."

Ohlendorf didn't allow a hit in the first three innings. Smith's seventh home run of the season cleared the center field wall with one out. Brandon Moss doubled and Cowgill singled later in the inning to put the A's ahead 2-0.

Weeks made it 3-0 with an RBI double in the fifth.

"I thought I saw the ball creeping up in the zone a little bit in the latter part of his outing," Black said. "They took advantage of some balls out over the plate but overall he hung in there. Maybe not as efficient as he would like."

Quentin's home run, his sixth of the season, brought the Padres within one in the sixth. Quentin was hit by a pitch for the 102nd time in his career in the second inning.

Venable's two-run double against Doolitte in the seventh put San Diego ahead 4-3.

Cliff Pennington, who had reached base in his last seven at-bats before fouling out in the eighth, walked to open the seventh. One out later he went to second on Weeks' single and to third on Josh Reddick's fielder's choice.

Luke Gregerson replaced Thacher one pitch into Gomes' at-bat and immediately bounced a pitch that allowed Pennington to score the tying run. Gomes hit Gregerson's 3-1 delivery into the left field bleachers.

Notes

  • IF Eric Sogard was also recalled with Ross. The A's optioned RHP Evan Scribner and IF Adam Rosales to Sacramento.
  • The A's announced IF Kila Ka'aihue cleared waivers and was outrighted to Sacramento.
  • Ohlendorf is the 12th starting pitcher used by the Padres.
  • Padres' RHP Micah Owings (strained right forearm) was scratched from his first rehab start Friday night.
  • The A's send RHP Bartolo Colon (6-6, 4.21) to the mound in Sunday's series finale. He's 1-1 in two career starts against the Padres, though he hasn't faced them in six years.
  • LHP Clayton Richards (3-7, 4.30) goes for the Padres on Sunday. He's 2-2 over his last four starts following a five-game losing streak.
  • Pennington has drawn a walk in three consecutive games for the first time this season.
  • Padres' OF Mark Kotsay extended his hitting streak against the A's to 13 games.
 
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Jonny Gomes comes off the bench to help the Athletics with a two-run pinch-hit homer. (AP)
Jonny Gomes comes off the bench to help the Athletics with a two-run pinch-hit homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Gomes
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
San Diego

C. Quentin
AB 2
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, LF4012011 .268
Everth Cabrera, SS3000121 .247
Chase Headley, 3B3100122 .264
Carlos Quentin, DH2112100 .417
Mark Kotsay, RF3010101 .283
Yonder Alonso, 1B4110014 .260
Cameron Maybin, CF4000012 .207
John Baker, C3100110 .231
Alexi Amarista, 2B1000100 .200
   a- Jesus Guzman, PH-2B2000022 .242
Totals29444610  
a-struck out for Amarista in the 7th
Batting
2B - Will Venable (15, Doolittle), Yonder Alonso (17, Doolittle)
HR - Carlos Quentin (6, Ross)
RBI - Will Venable 2 (17), Carlos Quentin 2 (13)
2-OUT RBI - Will Venable 2 (5), Carlos Quentin 2 (3)
CS - Mark Kotsay (1, 2nd base by Ross/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 5
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ross Ohlendorf 4.2533231 4.50
Alex Hinshaw 1.1011130 4.61
Joe Thatcher (H,5; L,0-2) 0.2111000 3.32
Luke Gregerson (BS,2) 0.1111011 4.13
Dale Thayer 1100010 5.82
HBP - Smith (by Alex Hinshaw)
WP - Luke Gregerson (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Ross Ohlendorf 85-51, Alex Hinshaw 28-15, Joe Thatcher 7-5, Luke Gregerson 7-5, Dale Thayer 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ross Ohlendorf 5-6, Joe Thatcher 1-1
Batters Faced - Ross Ohlendorf 21, Alex Hinshaw 6, Joe Thatcher 3, Luke Gregerson 2, Dale Thayer 4
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF2000101 .192
Jemile Weeks, 2B4021002 .227
Josh Reddick, DH4100012 .268
Seth Smith, LF2111000 .269
   a- Jonny Gomes, PH-LF1112000 .232
Brandon Inge, 3B4000022 .220
Brandon Moss, 1B4110030 .294
Collin Cowgill, RF4021000 .284
Kurt Suzuki, C4000022 .225
Cliff Pennington, SS2210201 .222
Totals3168538  
a-?? for Smith in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jemile Weeks (10, Ohlendorf), Brandon Moss (3, Ohlendorf)
HR - Seth Smith (7, Ohlendorf), Jonny Gomes (7, Gregerson)
SH - Coco Crisp (4)
RBI - Jemile Weeks (10), Seth Smith (22), Jonny Gomes 2 (18), Collin Cowgill (9)
2-OUT RBI - Jonny Gomes 2 (9), Collin Cowgill (4)
SB - Collin Cowgill (3, 2nd base off Thayer/Baker), Cliff Pennington (11, 2nd base off Ohlendorf/Baker)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Suzuki-Pennington, Moss
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tyson Ross 6122461 6.11
Sean Doolittle (BS,1; W,1-0) 1222120 6.00
Grant Balfour (H,4) 1100100 2.94
Ryan Cook (S,3) 1000020 0.62
HBP - Quentin (by Tyson Ross)
WP - Tyson Ross (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Tyson Ross 95-50, Sean Doolittle 22-14, Grant Balfour 18-10, Ryan Cook 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyson Ross 3-8, Sean Doolittle 1-0, Grant Balfour 1-1, Ryan Cook 1-0
Batters Faced - Tyson Ross 23, Sean Doolittle 6, Grant Balfour 4, Ryan Cook 3
Game Information
Attendance - 17135
Game Time - 3:08
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Ted Barrett, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Tim McClelland