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A's win second 15-inning game this week

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Another 15-inning marathon, another victory. The Oakland Athletics are getting used to walkoff wins this season.

Jemile Weeks hit a leadoff triple and scored on Coco Crisp's sacrifice fly to lift the A's to their second 15-inning win this week, 5-4 over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night.

A crowd of 30,169 stayed relatively intact for what turned out to be Oakland's major-league leading 13th walkoff victory and another pie in the face delivered by Josh Reddick, this time wearing a Spiderman costume, complete with mask.

"It's fun to get everybody involved like that," Crisp said of getting his third pie of the year. "The fans were getting into and it seems more like a family atmosphere. It's like giving them something extra."

Weeks was a star Monday night, too, when his sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 15th beat Tampa Bay.

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"I was just trying to get it up in the air and deep enough," Crisp said. "I'm glad Weeksie has enough speed to beat that arm out there."

The A's became the first team to play a pair of 15-inning games in a five-day span since the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2006. This win took 4 hours, 47 minutes; the victory over the Rays lasted more than 5 hours.

Toronto lost its sixth in a row. Jeff Mathis hit a tying, three-run homer in the ninth for the Blue Jays, and Omar Vizquel was thrown out at the plate in the 12th.

Blue Jays manager John Farrell used a five-man infield and also shifted his lineup. After the designated hitter spot was lost, Aaron Loup (1-1) became the first Toronto pitcher to bat in an AL game.

Travis Blackley (4-3) pitched three innings for the win.

Oakland has won 10 straight one-run games, its longest such streak since 2000.

A's manager Bob Melvin credited a defensive play by shortstop Eric Sogard in the top of the 15th that ended the inning with the Blue Jays leaving two runners on.

Sogard dove for a sharp grounder in the hole and was able to get a force at third.

"Not only did it save the game it gave us momentum going into the dugout," Melvin said. "We were all juiced up when he made that play."

A's closer Ryan Cook retired the first two batters in the ninth. But David Cooper and Rajai Davis each singled and Mathis hit his sixth home run, tying it at 4-all.

"Can't say enough the way our bullpen came in with nine scoreless innings and getting the game into the 15th," Farrell said. "We played our hearts out."

Mathis' homer spoiled Dan Straily's major-league debut.

Straily averaged 11.39 strikeouts per nine innings in the minors this year, the best rate in pro ball. Called up from Triple-A before the game, he allowed one run and five hits in six innings, striking out five.

Jonny Gomes and Chris Carter each homered for the A's. Brandon Inge and Josh Reddick also drove in runs as Oakland improved to 21-6 since the start of July.

Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes, who left the game with a right wrist sprain, each had two hits.

Toronto starter Brett Cecil allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings. Brad Lincoln went 3 1-3 scoreless innings for the Blue Jays, giving up one hit.

Notes

  • The 2006 Dodgers lost in 15 innings at Arizona on Aug. 25, then beat Cincinnati in 16 innings on Aug. 29, according to STATS LLC.
  • Inge has a 13-game hitting streak.
  • Toronto INF Brett Lawrie left the game after one inning with tightness in his rib cage.
  • A's OF LHP Ricky Romero (8-8, 5.69) goes for the Blue Jays on Saturday. He never finished the second inning in his last outing against the A's and has lost seven straight. He's 4-1 against the A's in seven career starts. The A's will start A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.51).
 
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Can you tell the A's are having fun? Josh Reddick, disguised as Spiderman, greets Coco Crisp with shaving cream pies. (AP)
Can you tell the A's are having fun? Josh Reddick, disguised as Spiderman, greets Coco Crisp with shaving cream pies. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Weeks
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Toronto

J. Mathis
AB 6
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Toronto Blue Jays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Lawrie, 3B1000010 .282
    Omar Vizquel, 3B6020010 .224
Colby Rasmus, CF5020021 .248
Edwin Encarnacion, DH-1B4000312 .289
Kelly Johnson, 2B6110125 .233
Yunel Escobar, SS6020115 .257
David Cooper, 1B4020001 .288
    Moises Sierra, PR0100000 .250
    Yan Gomes, 1B-LF3000013 .183
Rajai Davis, LF-RF5111011 .261
Jeff Mathis, C6113031 .239
Anthony Gose, RF-CF6000030 .175
Totals534114516  
Batting
2B - Colby Rasmus (20, Doolittle), Yunel Escobar (13, Straily), David Cooper (6, Straily)
HR - Jeff Mathis (6, Cook)
SF - Rajai Davis (3)
RBI - Rajai Davis (27), Jeff Mathis 3 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Jeff Mathis 3 (11)
SB - Edwin Encarnacion (10, 2nd base off Blackley/Norris)
PK - Rajai Davis (2, Blackley)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Colby Rasmus 1
DP - Escobar-Johnson-Cooper, Escobar-Johnson-Cooper, Rasmus-Mathis-Escobar
E - Colby Rasmus (6, Misplayed grounder)
Toronto Blue Jays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brett Cecil 5944112 5.72
Brandon Lyon 2100030 2.76
Darren Oliver 0.2100000 1.37
Casey Janssen 1.1000020 2.20
Brad Lincoln 3.1100230 2.53
Aaron Loup (L,0-2) 2211030 3.65
WP - Brad Lincoln (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brett Cecil 66-40, Brandon Lyon 21-16, Darren Oliver 13-10, Casey Janssen 25-14, Brad Lincoln 42-27, Aaron Loup 28-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brett Cecil 7-3, Brandon Lyon 2-0, Darren Oliver 1-1, Brad Lincoln 5-2, Aaron Loup 2-1
Batters Faced - Brett Cecil 21, Brandon Lyon 6, Darren Oliver 3, Casey Janssen 4, Brad Lincoln 13, Aaron Loup 8
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF5121101 .251
Jonny Gomes, DH5121112 .258
Josh Reddick, RF5021014 .264
Yoenis Cespedes, LF3120001 .310
   a- Michael Taylor, PH-LF1000011 .176
   b- Brandon Moss, PH-LF2000014 .233
Chris Carter, 1B5111121 .267
Brandon Inge, 3B6011020 .211
Derek Norris, C6010021 .193
Adam Rosales, SS3000001 .133
   c- Eric Sogard, PH-SS3000020 .173
Jemile Weeks, 2B6130000 .221
Totals505145312  
a-struck out for Cespedes in the 8th
b-grounded out for Taylor in the 10th
c-struck out for Rosales in the 10th
Batting
3B - Jemile Weeks (7, Loup)
HR - Jonny Gomes (11, Cecil), Chris Carter (9, Cecil)
SF - Coco Crisp (2), Josh Reddick (3)
RBI - Coco Crisp (25), Jonny Gomes (30), Josh Reddick (53), Chris Carter (18), Brandon Inge (51)
2-OUT RBI - Jonny Gomes (12)
SB - Coco Crisp (21, 3rd base off Oliver/Mathis), Josh Reddick (9, 2nd base off Loup/Mathis), Yoenis Cespedes (9, 2nd base off Lyon/Mathis)
CS - Yoenis Cespedes (3, 3rd base by Lyon/Mathis), Derek Norris (1, 2nd base by Cecil/Mathis)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brandon Moss 1
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Straily 6511150 1.50
Grant Balfour (H,14) 2000030 2.65
Ryan Cook (BS,6) 1333021 2.33
Jerry Blevins 0.2000100 2.17
Pat Neshek 1.1000030 0.00
Sean Doolittle 1200110 4.24
Travis Blackley (W,4-3) 3100220 3.40
IBB - Encarnacion by Sean Doolittle, Escobar by Travis Blackley
HBP - Rasmus (by Jerry Blevins)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 102-70, Grant Balfour 20-16, Ryan Cook 26-18, Jerry Blevins 11-4, Pat Neshek 16-12, Sean Doolittle 18-10, Travis Blackley 47-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 5-8, Grant Balfour 2-1, Ryan Cook 1-0, Pat Neshek 1-0, Sean Doolittle 1-0, Travis Blackley 5-1
Batters Faced - Dan Straily 24, Grant Balfour 6, Ryan Cook 6, Jerry Blevins 4, Pat Neshek 4, Sean Doolittle 5, Travis Blackley 11
Game Information
Attendance - 30169
Game Time - 4:47
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Greg Gibson