Oakland, CA – After a disappointing road trip, the A’s did what they do best at home, win. Coco Crisp cleared the bases with a three-run triple to open up Oakland’s offense. Josh Reddick followed with a two-run homer giving the A’s a 6-2 victory over the New York Mets.
“To an extent, there’s a sense of urgency for every game,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin. “It shouldn’t be because you’ve lost a few games in a row. And certainly Coco’s hit felt like ten runs at the time. The offense was more of what we’re used to seeing.”
This was a much needed win for Oakland who trail a half-game out of first place in the AL West. The A’s snapped a season-high five-game losing streak. This marks the second time Oakland has lost more than three straight games since May 11, 2003.
Through the first three innings, it was a pitcher’s duel. Neither team scored despite putting runners on. The A’s put two on in the third. John Jaso hit a single to shortstop, Ruben Tejada and loaded the bases with two outs.
Dillon Gee gave up three singles but struck out Josh Donaldson to end the inning leaving three stranded. Travis d’Arnaud went yard to leadoff the fourth making it a 1-0 game. Scott Kazmir settled down to strike out the next three batters to end the frame without any more damage.
“I had to changeup my game plan a little bit,” Kazmir said. “Later on I started to feel more comfortable about throwing my curve ball, my slider and my changeup. It was huge to get that big inning like that, it’s a big difference to have a lead like that.”
Arnaud also homered off Kazmir at Citi Field earlier this season. But Oakland responded bottom of the inning scoring four runs to take the lead. Gee loaded the bases again, after giving up a single to Stephen Vogt, a double to Derek Norris and issued a free pass to Reddick.
Alberto Callaspo tied the game 1-1 with a sacrifice fly to right field. Gee loaded the bases with a walk to Eric Sogard. Crisp came to the plate with a master plan and it worked. He tripled on a line drive to right field driving in three runs making it 4-1 game.
“It’s always good to get a few runs on the board with one hit,” Crisp said. “Red [Reddick] came through with another one and that was a big knock for us.”
New York trimmed the lead in half with a two-run double from Anthony Recker in the seventh. But the A’s offense wasn’t done. Reddick went yard with a two-run homer extending Oakland’s lead 6-2 in the eighth. The A’s bullpen did their job in preventing the Mets from scoring anymore runs.
“We’ve got to certainly put together more than two hits in an inning,” said New York manager Terry Collins. “We’ve got to get some stuff going.”