Oakland at Miami

Final 14th
W: J. Johnson (4-2) L: J. Turner (2-6) S: J. Francis (1)
HR: OAK - None   MIA - None

Athletics push past pesky Marlins in 14 innings

CBSSports.com wire reports

MIAMI -- Half an hour after the Oakland Athletics' latest extra-inning win, first baseman Brandon Moss stood at his locker showered and shirtless, trying to cool down so he could dress.

"I'm still sweating," he said.

The Athletics perspired plenty but eked out a 14-inning seesaw victory Saturday, sealed when 10th-year veteran Jeff Francis retired the final two batters with the bases loaded for his first career save to beat the Miami Marlins, 7-6.

Manager Bob Melvin's reaction?

"Relief," he said. "To expend everything you have during a game like that, those are tough games to lose. I'm glad we won."

For the second night in a row, the Athletics won despite squandering a 4-0 lead. They also overcame a blown save by Sean Doolittle, whose streak of 26 2-3 innings ended when Miami scored the tying run in the ninth.

Josh Donaldson's two-out RBI single scored Moss from second base with the go-ahead run in the 14th. After Francis entered the game with the bases loaded in the bottom of the inning, Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out, and Donovan Solano flied out to end the game.

"I'm not used to finishing games," Francis said. "To slap hands like that after the game these guys put together was a thrill."

While the Athletics won, they may have again lost right fielder Josh Reddick. He left the game in the fourth inning with a strained right knee and is scheduled to have an MRI exam Sunday.

An injury to the same knee put him on the disabled list early this month.

"It's very frustrating, just a huge letdown," Reddick said.

The marathon victory was a pick-me-up. The Athletics won their third in a row and improved to 6-1 in interleague play. They're 9-5 in extra-inning games.

By contrast, the Marlins have played five games lasting 13 or 14 innings this season, all since June 6, going 0-5.

"You play 13 or 14 innings and you don't win, it takes a toll on you for sure," manager Mike Redmond said. "We have to figure out how to get that big hit and make that big play to get the win."

The A's were blanked for five consecutive innings before breaking through in the 14th. Moss doubled with two out against Jacob Turner (2-6). Donaldson singled on the next pitch and Moss barely beat the throw home from center fielder Jake Marisnick.

Jim Johnson (4-2) pitched 2 1-3 scoreless innings.

The 4-hour, 47-minute game left plenty of time for oddities. Oakland's Coco Crisp scored from third on a strikeout, while teammate Jed Lowrie hit into a 5-6-3 double play. The Athletics' Yoenis Cespedes was out when he rose after a slide on a steal attempt, lifted his foot off second base and was tagged.

Both teams ran out of healthy position players. Tommy Milone, scheduled to pitch for Oakland on Sunday, flied out when he pinch hit in the 12th.

Moss and Alberto Callaspo had two RBIs apiece for the Athletics, who scored four times in the first inning against Nathan Eovaldi. But Miami rallied for a 5-4 lead.

Crisp's alert baserunning helped the A's score in the fifth to make it 5-all. He was at third with one out when Moss struck out and the ball rolled away from Saltalamacchia. When Saltalamacchia threw to first for the out, Crisp sprinted home and easily beat the return throw with a headfirst slide.

Melvin said Crisp's timing was perfect.

"He can be a risky player, and he's one of the better baserunners in the league," Melvin said.


Marlins LF Marcell Ozuna left the game in the eighth inning because of cramps. ... A's C Derek Norris, who left Friday's game due to tightness in his back, wasn't in uniform and isn't expect to play until Tuesday at the earliest. ... Marlins LF Christian Yelich is expected to be activated Sunday and rejoin the starting lineup after missing two weeks with a back injury. Miami is 31-26 when he bats leadoff and 8-16 when he doesn't. ... After the game, the Marlins optioned Marisnick and RHP Anthony DeSclafani to Triple-A New Orleans. Before the game, they recalled RHP Sam Dyson from New Orleans. ... LHP Milone (5-3, 3.89) tries to win his sixth consecutive decision Sunday when he faces the Marlins and LHP Andrew Heaney (0-2, 4.91).

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Coco Crisp fills up the box score nicely, contributing a hit, two runs and two walks against Miami. (USATSI)
Coco Crisp fills up the box score nicely, contributing a hit, two runs and two walks against Miami. (USATSI)

Players of the Game

J. Donaldson
AB 7
R 0
H 2
HR 0

R. Johnson
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Oakland Athletics
Coco Crisp, CF4210301 .287
John Jaso, C7130010 .279
Yoenis Cespedes, LF7120014 .272
Brandon Moss, 1B6122123 .264
Josh Donaldson, 3B7021014 .250
Jed Lowrie, SS6211101 .217
Josh Reddick, RF1010000 .229
   Stephen Vogt, RF2000001 .333
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
   a-Nick Punto, PH0000100 .225
   Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
   b-Tommy Milone, PH1000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P1000012 .000
   Jeff Francis, P0000000 .000
Alberto Callaspo, 2B6032002 .248
Sonny Gray, P2000012 .000
   c-Eric Sogard, PH1000001 .193
   Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000 .000
   d-Craig Gentry, PH-RF3000021 .279
a-walked for Doolittle in the 10th
b-flied out for Otero in the 12th
c-popped out for Gray in the 6th
d-struck out for Abad in the 8th
2B - John Jaso (11, Eovaldi), Brandon Moss (13, Turner), Jed Lowrie (19, Dunn)
RBI - Brandon Moss 2 (59), Josh Donaldson (60), Jed Lowrie (28), Alberto Callaspo 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Donaldson (18), Alberto Callaspo (8)
SB - Josh Donaldson (3, 2nd base off Turner/Saltalamacchia)
CS - Yoenis Cespedes (2, 2nd base by Dyson/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 12
Outfield Assists - Craig Gentry 1
E - Sonny Gray (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Sonny Gray 5755340 3.20
Ryan Cook 1000010 4.15
Fernando Abad 1000010 2.25
Luke Gregerson (H,12) 1100010 2.32
Sean Doolittle (BS,2) 1211010 2.08
Dan Otero 2100020 2.17
Jim Johnson (W,4-2) 2.1300240 5.14
Jeff Francis (S,1) 0.2000010 6.61
IBB - Stanton by Sonny Gray
WP - Jim Johnson (3)
HBP - Dietrich (by Sonny Gray)
Pitches-Strikes - Sonny Gray 93-54, Ryan Cook 9-6, Fernando Abad 10-7, Luke Gregerson 9-8, Sean Doolittle 13-12, Dan Otero 24-16, Jim Johnson 45-28, Jeff Francis 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sonny Gray 8-4, Ryan Cook 1-1, Luke Gregerson 1-0, Dan Otero 1-2, Jim Johnson 2-1
Batters Faced - Sonny Gray 28, Ryan Cook 3, Fernando Abad 3, Luke Gregerson 3, Sean Doolittle 5, Dan Otero 6, Jim Johnson 12, Jeff Francis 2
Miami Marlins
Reed Johnson, LF6132001 .278
Derek Dietrich, 2B3110012 .234
   a-Jeff Baker, PH-2B3000022 .204
Giancarlo Stanton, RF6131121 .316
Casey McGehee, 3B6011115 .309
Garrett Jones, 1B7021001 .261
Marcell Ozuna, CF4110012 .262
   Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
   Sam Dyson, P0000000 .000
   b-Ed Lucas, PH1000001 .243
   Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
   Bryan Morris, P0000000 .000
   Jacob Turner, P1000010 .222
   c-Jeff Mathis, PH0000100 .207
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C7110024 .241
Donovan Solano, SS5111214 .197
Nathan Eovaldi, P2000021 .061
   Jacob Marisnick, CF3010021 .170
a-struck out for Dietrich in the 9th
b-popped out for Dyson in the 9th
c-walked for Turner in the 14th
2B - Reed Johnson (10, Gray), Giancarlo Stanton (21, Doolittle)
SH - Nathan Eovaldi (5)
RBI - Reed Johnson 2 (20), Giancarlo Stanton (60), Casey McGehee (48), Garrett Jones (36), Donovan Solano (8)
SB - Casey McGehee (1, 2nd base off Doolittle/Jaso)
CS - Reed Johnson (1, 2nd base by Otero/Jaso)
Team LOB - 14
DP - Dietrich-Solano-G. Jones, Dietrich-Solano-G. Jones-Saltalamacchia-Solano, Dietrich-Solano-G. Jones-Saltalamacchia-Solano-McGehee-Solano-G. Jones
Miami Marlins
Nathan Eovaldi 7855330 3.71
Mike Dunn 1.1211010 3.73
Sam Dyson 0.2100010 0.00
Steve Cishek 1000100 2.88
Bryan Morris 1100100 2.23
Jacob Turner (L,2-6) 3311140 6.44
IBB - Moss by Nathan Eovaldi, Lowrie by Jacob Turner
HBP - Vogt (by Nathan Eovaldi)
Pitches-Strikes - Nathan Eovaldi 113-67, Mike Dunn 31-22, Sam Dyson 8-6, Steve Cishek 13-6, Bryan Morris 14-8, Jacob Turner 44-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nathan Eovaldi 9-8, Mike Dunn 2-1, Steve Cishek 1-2, Bryan Morris 3-0, Jacob Turner 3-1
Batters Faced - Nathan Eovaldi 32, Mike Dunn 6, Sam Dyson 2, Steve Cishek 4, Bryan Morris 5, Jacob Turner 12
Game Information
Attendance - 19358
Game Time - 4:47
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Al Porter, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Marty Foster