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Cespedes' homer ties it, A's beat O's in 10th on error

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- This face full of dirt and his body atop the third base bag, Eric Sogard was more concerned with being safe than watching the throw from Baltimore's Manny Machado sail into left field.

For a few moments, it even looked as if Sogard would stay put on the ground.

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Sogard eventually got to his feet and scrambled home, making a headfirst dive with the winning run in the 10th inning that lifted the Oakland Athletics over the Orioles 9-8 Sunday.

"I was trying to read the crowd whether I was safe or out," said Sogard, who singled leading off the inning. "Everyone was screaming at me to go and I didn't know what was going on. I was just trying to figure out what the play was, where the ball ended up [and] whether I was just safe."

Down 5-0 in the sixth, the A's tied it at 8 on Yoenis Cespedes' two-run homer with one out in the ninth. He was activated from the disabled list before the game after being out with a strained muscle in his left hand.

The Athletics ended a four-game losing streak and prevented Baltimore from a four-game sweep.

Sogard hit a leadoff single in the 10th and moved to second when reliever Pedro Strop (0-1) made a wide throw to second on Adam Rosales' bunt. Coco Crisp followed with a sacrifice bunt and Machado threw wildly past to shortstop J.J. Hardy covering third.

"I'm proud that they went for it. I would have too," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of his defense. "You have to take a pop at it or they have too many things set up."

Cespedes also singled and scored during Oakland's four-run sixth inning. The A's are 9-2 with the Cuban slugger in their lineup this season and 5-10 without him.

"He's very impactful, obviously," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That home run was kind of what he's all about. We need him in the lineup and he showed today why."

Seth Smith also homered for Oakland. Crisp had two hits and scored twice and Josh Donaldson drove in two runs.

Chris Davis hit his team-leading ninth home run, a solo shot in the eighth that put Baltimore ahead 7-6. Machado added an RBI double in the ninth.

Nate McLouth, who scored four times, and Machado each had four hits for the Orioles.

Baltimore was trying for its first four-game sweep at the Coliseum since 1987. The Orioles lost for just the fourth time in 13 games.

Orioles closer Jim Johnson had pitched four times in the previous five games and was unavailable. Strop had also struggled in recent outings, which is why Showalter stayed with the left-handed Brian Matusz against Cespedes in the ninth.

Jerry Blevins (1-0) pitched one inning for the win.

Davis had a two-run double off Oakland starter Bartolo Colon in the fourth and later homered off Sean Doolittle.

The A's scored four runs in the sixth. Smith hit a tying two-run homer in the seventh.

Baltimore starter Miguel Gonzalez, who allowed only two baserunners through the first five innings, gave up four in the sixth.

Notes

  • Colon has walked just one batter in 32 innings this season.
  • The A's scratched LHP Brett Anderson from his scheduled start Monday due to lingering soreness in his right ankle. RHP Dan Straily (1-0) will replace Anderson and start against the Angels.
  • Baltimore placed backup catcher Taylor Teagarden on the 15-day DL with a dislocated left thumb.
  • To make room for Cespedes, OF Casper Wells was designated for assignment.
  • LHP Zach Britton will make his first start this year when the Orioles begin a three-game series in Seattle. Britton, who was recalled from the minors on Thursday, is 16-14 in two seasons with Baltimore.
 
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Yoenis Cespedes' two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning forces extra innings where the A's defeat the Orioles. (AP)
Yoenis Cespedes' two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning forces extra innings where the A's defeat the Orioles. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

C. Davis
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Oakland

Y. Cespedes
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Baltimore Orioles
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Nate McLouth, LF5440000 .351
Manny Machado, 3B5142000 .302
Nick Markakis, RF5110004 .288
Adam Jones, CF5122011 .352
Chris Davis, 1B5123010 .349
Matt Wieters, C4011010 .210
J.J. Hardy, SS5010002 .198
Ryan Flaherty, 2B4000003 .115
Nolan Reimold, DH4000031 .206
Totals42815806  
Batting
2B - Nate McLouth (7, Balfour), Manny Machado (9, Balfour), Adam Jones (10, Colon), Chris Davis (8, Colon)
HR - Chris Davis (9, Doolittle)
SF - Matt Wieters (2)
RBI - Manny Machado 2 (16), Adam Jones 2 (20), Chris Davis 3 (28), Matt Wieters (11)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Machado (12), Adam Jones (10)
SB - Nate McLouth (8, 2nd base off Cook/Jaso)
CS - J.J. Hardy (1, 2nd base by Colon/Jaso)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Flaherty-Hardy-Davis
E - Manny Machado (2, Throwing)
Baltimore Orioles
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Miguel Gonzalez 5.1744240 4.60
Troy Patton (BS,1) 1122101 2.45
Darren O'Day 0.2000200 0.71
Brian Matusz (BS,1) 1.2322011 3.27
Pedro Strop (L,0-1) 0.1110110 7.88
IBB - Young by Miguel Gonzalez
Pitches-Strikes - Miguel Gonzalez 100-61, Troy Patton 17-12, Darren O'Day 18-9, Brian Matusz 24-18, Pedro Strop 16-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Miguel Gonzalez 7-5, Troy Patton 1-2, Brian Matusz 3-0, Pedro Strop 2-0
Batters Faced - Miguel Gonzalez 25, Troy Patton 5, Darren O'Day 4, Brian Matusz 7, Pedro Strop 5
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF4221101 .290
John Jaso, C3010001 .267
   a- Derek Norris, PH-C2110001 .289
Seth Smith, DH5213011 .319
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5222020 .222
Brandon Moss, 1B3010210 .289
Josh Donaldson, 3B3012201 .319
Chris Young, RF3000103 .157
   b- Josh Reddick, PH-RF1000011 .153
Eric Sogard, 2B5110003 .238
Adam Rosales, SS4120013 .300
Totals38912866  
a-flied out for Jaso in the 7th
b-struck out for Young in the 9th
Batting
2B - Coco Crisp 2 (10, M. Gonzalez, M. Gonzalez), Josh Donaldson (10, M. Gonzalez), Adam Rosales (1, M. Gonzalez)
HR - Seth Smith (3, Patton), Yoenis Cespedes (4, Matusz)
SH - Coco Crisp (1), Adam Rosales (1)
RBI - Coco Crisp (12), Seth Smith 3 (13), Yoenis Cespedes 2 (9), Josh Donaldson 2 (18)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Yoenis Cespedes 1
DP - Jaso-Sogard
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bartolo Colon 6955030 3.38
Ryan Cook 1211010 2.25
Sean Doolittle 1211001 1.86
Grant Balfour 1211010 3.00
Jerry Blevins (W,1-0) 1000010 1.84
WP - Ryan Cook (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 75-58, Ryan Cook 20-12, Sean Doolittle 12-10, Grant Balfour 19-13, Jerry Blevins 10-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 5-8, Sean Doolittle 1-2, Grant Balfour 1-1, Jerry Blevins 1-1
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 25, Ryan Cook 5, Sean Doolittle 5, Grant Balfour 5, Jerry Blevins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27475
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - James Hoye