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Athletics beat Mariners in 12 on Crisp's walk-off home run

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Coco Crisp altered his batting approach and tried to muscle up in his last at-bat.

It couldn't have worked out any better for the Athletics' leadoff hitter.

Crisp hit a home run leading off the bottom of the 12th inning to lift Oakland to a 3-2 victory against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.

"I was just going up there to swing as hard as I could," said Crisp of his sixth career game-ending hit. "Probably nine times out of 10 I ended up with a strike out with that approach. Tonight was that one time that it ended up working out. I'm not going to have that as my every day approach but I'm just grateful that it worked out tonight."

Crisp, who scored the tying run with two outs in the eighth inning on Yoenis Cespedes' triple, hit a towering home run off Seattle reliever Hector Noesi (0-1) on an 0-1 pitch. The ball landed just above the out-of-town scoreboard in right field.

Umpires met briefly to review the play before confirming Oakland's victory.

It was a welcomed victory for the A's after dropping two of three to Cleveland in their season-opening series after closer Jim Johnson had two late meltdowns.

Johnson wasn't available against the Mariners but four other Oakland relievers combined for six shutout innings to preserve the victory. Drew Pomeranz (1-0), the fifth A's pitcher, worked one scoreless inning for the victory.

"We played a day-nighter [Wednesday] and it felt like almost a doubleheader today," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It was nice to squeak that one out, especially the way the game was going early on."

Cespedes and Sam Fuld also drove in runs for Oakland, which rallied from two runs down for its first walk-off victory of the season.

Abraham Almonte had two hits and an RBI for Seattle. The Mariners were coming off a series sweep of Anaheim and were attempting to go 4-0 for the first time since 1985.

After scoring 28 runs in the three games against the Angels, Seattle's offense managed just six hits against Oakland and stranded seven base runners.

"We played well (and) we pitched well," Mariners catcher Mike Zunino. "We did everything. We don't want to lose that way but we did some great things."

The Mariners scored in the first without the benefit of a hit.

Almonte hit a grounder that went through the legs of Oakland infielder Alberto Callaspo, who was making his first career start at first base. Second baseman Nick Punto chased down the ball in right field but threw wildly back to the bag for another error, allowing Almonte to take second.

Two batters later, Cano's groundout scored Almonte.

Almonte's RBI single off Oakland starter Jesse Chavez in the fifth drove in Logan Morrison and made it 2-0.

That put Seattle starter Roenis Elias in shape to become the first Cuban-born pitcher to win a game for Seattle before the Mariners' bullpen gave up the lead.

Elias, an all-star in the minors a year ago, allowed one runs and two hits in five effective innings but left with a no-decision. The 25-year-old lefty allowed only two runners past first base and struck out three and walked three.

The Seattle rookie didn't give up a hit until Nick Punto's sharp single to left with two outs in the fifth. Fuld followed with a triple after Seattle center fielder Almonte dived for the ball and missed.

Fuld tried to score on the same play but was thrown out at the plate on a relay from Cano. The play was reviewed and upheld.

Oakland failed to score after loading the bases with two outs in the seventh before Cespedes tripled in Crisp to tie it with two outs in the eighth.

Crisp's first home run of the season ended the game after more than four hours.

"You could tell his first swing that he was looking for something that he could pull and get up in the air," Melvin said. "That was his intent, and that's tough to do, going up there trying to hit a home run especially when you're a leadoff-type guy."

Chavez, making his first start since 2012, allowed two runs and five hits over six innings.

Notes

Melvin met with Johnson to check on the A's new closer after he took the loss in each of his first two appearances. "Everything gets real magnified when you're in the closer's role because when you have a bad day the team loses," Melvin said. "That's just the way it is." ... The A's voided the March 29 option of IF Jake Elmore and placed him on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left quad. ... OF Michael Taylor cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Sacramento by the A's. IF Hiro Nakajima was also sent outright to Sacramento. ... RHP Dan Strailey faces Seattle RHP Chris Young on Friday. Young last pitched in the big leagues in Sept. 29, 2012. ... Mariners RHP Stephen Pryor (surgery) began a rehab assignment with Double-A Jackson on Thursday. ... RHP Taijuan Walker (shoulder) will make a rehab start for Single-A High Desert on Friday.

 
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For the first time in his 1,300-game major-league career, Coco Crisp hits a walk-off home run.  (USATSI)
For the first time in his 1,300-game major-league career, Coco Crisp hits a walk-off home run. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

C. Crisp
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Seattle

A. Almonte
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Abraham Almonte, CF4121101 .294
Brad Miller, SS5000016 .250
Robinson Cano, 2B5011021 .375
Justin Smoak, 1B4000111 .353
Corey Hart, DH5000012 .214
Kyle Seager, 3B4000121 .091
Logan Morrison, RF3110012 .167
   Michael Saunders, RF2000000 .000
Dustin Ackley, LF5010010 .313
Mike Zunino, C5010002 .286
Roenis Elias, P0000000 .000
   Yoervis Medina, P0000000 .000
   Charlie Furbush, P0000000 .000
   Tom Wilhelmsen, P0000000 .000
   Danny Farquhar, P0000000 .000
   Joe Beimel, P0000000 .000
   Hector Noesi, P0000000 .000
Totals4226239  
Batting
2B - Mike Zunino (1, J. Chavez)
RBI - Abraham Almonte (3), Robinson Cano (2)
SB - Abraham Almonte (1, 2nd base off Doolittle/Jaso)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Logan Morrison 1
DP - Seager-Smoak, Seager-Smoak-Cano-Miller-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roenis Elias 5211330 1.80
Yoervis Medina (H,2) 1.1000220 0.00
Charlie Furbush (H,2) 0.2111110 9.00
Tom Wilhelmsen (BS,1) 1100200 0.00
Danny Farquhar 1.2000230 0.00
Joe Beimel 1.1100010 0.00
Hector Noesi (L,0-1) 0111001 27.00
Pitches-Strikes - Roenis Elias 80-46, Yoervis Medina 27-14, Charlie Furbush 18-11, Tom Wilhelmsen 19-10, Danny Farquhar 39-23, Joe Beimel 14-9, Hector Noesi 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roenis Elias 3-7, Yoervis Medina 2-0, Tom Wilhelmsen 2-0
Batters Faced - Roenis Elias 18, Yoervis Medina 6, Charlie Furbush 4, Tom Wilhelmsen 5, Danny Farquhar 7, Joe Beimel 5, Hector Noesi 1
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF3211310 .333
Josh Donaldson, 3B4000121 .111
Jed Lowrie, SS3000201 .214
Yoenis Cespedes, DH5011013 .250
Derek Norris, C2000100 .375
   a-John Jaso, PH-C1000102 .167
Alberto Callaspo, 1B1000200 .400
   Daric Barton, PR-1B0000000 .143
   b-Brandon Moss, PH-1B2000012 .308
Josh Reddick, RF5010023 .125
Nick Punto, 2B5120022 .200
Sam Fuld, LF5011014 .333
Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   Drew Pomeranz, P0000000 .000
Totals363631010  
a-walked for Norris in the 8th
b-grounded out for Barton in the 8th
Batting
3B - Yoenis Cespedes (1, Wilhelmsen), Sam Fuld (2, Elias)
HR - Coco Crisp (1, Noesi)
RBI - Coco Crisp (2), Yoenis Cespedes (3), Sam Fuld (2)
2-OUT RBI - Yoenis Cespedes (2), Sam Fuld (2)
SB - Coco Crisp (2, 2nd base off Wilhelmsen/Zunino), Nick Punto (1, 2nd base off Elias/Zunino)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Punto-Callaspo-Norris
E - Alberto Callaspo (2, Misplayed grounder), Nick Punto (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jesse Chavez 6521240 1.50
Fernando Abad 2000130 0.00
Sean Doolittle 2100010 0.00
Luke Gregerson 1000010 2.70
Drew Pomeranz (W,1-0) 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Jesse Chavez 91-56, Fernando Abad 24-16, Sean Doolittle 20-16, Luke Gregerson 14-9, Drew Pomeranz 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jesse Chavez 9-5, Fernando Abad 3-0, Sean Doolittle 1-4, Luke Gregerson 1-1, Drew Pomeranz 1-2
Batters Faced - Jesse Chavez 25, Fernando Abad 7, Sean Doolittle 7, Luke Gregerson 3, Drew Pomeranz 3
Game Information
Attendance - 11236
Game Time - 4:02
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Sean Barber, First Base - Field Culbreth, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Jim Reynolds