(Wednesday, August 20)
Final Score: NY Mets 8, Oakland 5
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer as the New York Mets roughed up Oakland’s Jeff Samardzija in an 8-5 win at O.co Coliseum.
Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Eric Campbell each had two hits and one RBI for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Zack Wheeler (9-8) won his sixth straight decision after allowing four runs — two earned — on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Samardzija (3-3) was victimized for seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Oakland, which snapped its season-high five-game losing streak in Tuesday’s opener of this two-game interleague set, trails the AL West-leading Angels by 1 1/2 games. The A’s host their division rivals this weekend.
The A’s produced a run without a hit in the eighth. They loaded the bases with one out on two walks and an error. Sam Fuld drew another walk to trim the deficit to 8-5, but New York reliever Jeurys Familia struck out Andy Parrino looking and got Josh Donaldson on a grounder to short to end the inning.
Familia pitched around a Stephen Vogt double in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
There were a flurry of two-out runs after both starters opened the game with two perfect innings.
Campbell led off a five-run third by driving Samardzija’s 2-0 pitch over the center-field wall. Consecutive two-out singles by Granderson and Murphy preceded a walk to David Wright. Samardzija threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Granderson, before Duda crushed an offering to center for his career-high 23rd home run.
Wheeler retired the first eight batters before Sogard reached on a four-pitch walk. Coco Crisp and John Jaso then hit back-to-back RBI doubles to right.
“I think Coco has been doing well recently, getting big hits with runners on base,” Jaso said.
Granderson and Murphy knocked in runs with two-out singles in the fourth to make it 7-2, but two scored in the bottom of the frame for Oakland when Murphy kicked Parrino’s two-out grounder.
“Every time we score, you try to go out there the next inning and put up a zero, but it didn’t happen that way today,” Wheeler said. “Luckily, we had the bats going all game long and were able to stay ahead of them and pull out a W.”
Wilmer Flores singled home Duda with two outs in the fifth to put the Mets up 8-4.
New York had a chance to extend its lead in the sixth, but Fernando Abad induced a rally-killing fly out from Matt den Dekker.
Wheeler improved to 6-0 in his last 10 starts. The unbeaten streak began after a loss to Oakland on June 25 … Oakland had won each of Samardzija’s first five home starts … Abad has stranded all 26 inherited runners this season … The A’s were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.
|Curtis Granderson RF||5||1||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Daniel Murphy 2B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||1||1||.299|
|David Wright 3B||4||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||.268|
|Lucas Duda 1B||4||2||2||3||0||0||1||1||1||.255|
|Travis d`Arnaud C||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||2||.224|
|Matt den Dekker CF-LF||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.187|
|Eric Campbell DH||3||1||2||1||0||0||1||1||0||.301|
|Wilmer Flores SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.229|
|Eric Young LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.227|
|Juan Lagares CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Coco Crisp DH||5||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.255|
|John Jaso C||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Derek Norris PH-C||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.283|
|Stephen Vogt 1B||5||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.322|
|Brandon Moss LF||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||.249|
|Josh Reddick RF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Alberto Callaspo 3B-2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||1||.236|
|Sam Fuld CF||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||2||0||.259|
|Andy Parrino SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||.136|
|Eric Sogard 2B||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.215|
|Josh Donaldson PH-3B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.251|
E_D.Murphy 2, L.Duda, E.Sogard. LOB_NY Mets 7, Oakland 8. 2B_C.Crisp, J.Jaso, S.Vogt. HR_E.Campbell (3) off J.Samardzija, L.Duda (23) off J.Samardzija. GIDP_D.Norris. DP_NY Mets 1 (W.Flores, D.Murphy and L.Duda).
|Zack Wheeler (W 9-8)||5.2||4||4||2||3||3||0||103-55||3.48|
|Jeurys Familia (S 4)||1.2||1||0||0||1||2||0||29-17||1.97|
|Jeff Samardzija (L 3-3)||3.2||7||7||7||2||3||2||83-48||4.07|
IBB_off J.Chavez (L.Duda).
Umpires_Home,Rob Drake; First, Joe West; Second, Marty Foster; Third, Gabe Morales.