Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/30/12
OAKLAND -- The A's turned the power switch on in the eighth inning on Sunday to move closer to their first postseason appearance since 2006. Yoenis Cespedes connected on his 23rd home run to break a 2-2 tie and Josh Reddick added a tape-measure blast to send the A's to a 5-2 win and series sweep of the Mariners on Sunday. In recording its fifth win in six games and 15th in 20 outings at home, Oakland moved to within 1 1/2 games of A.L. West-leading Texas and reduced its magic number for clinching at least a wild-card berth to two against the Los Angeles Angels and one versus the Tampa Bay Rays. That could change pending the result of Sunday night's game between Texas and the Angels in the second game of their doubleheader. "We feel like we can win every game, that's how we're playing right now," said A's starter Tommy Milone. Cespedes sent a two-strike delivery from Mariners reliever Shawn Kelley (2-4) several rows into the bleachers down the line in left. Cespedes stood at home plate waiting to see whether the ball would stay fair before breaking into his home-run trot. Reddick deposited his 32nd homer in the second deck in right also just inside the foul pole. His blast came off of Mariners reliever Lucas Luetge, who had surrendered a single one batter earlier to Brandon Moss. "We feel pretty good going into the late innings of a close game," A's third baseman Josh Donaldson said before singling out Cespedes and Reddick for coming through late. "That's awesome, that's what these guys have been doing all year." The A's have hit 20 homers in the last nine games and have a Major League-leading 110 since the All-Star break. Grant Balfour recorded his 22nd save in 24 opportunities to make a winner of A's reliever Sean Doolittle (2-1). The Mariners, meanwhile, lost for the sixth time in seven games and finished September going only 9-17 after having winning months in July (15-11) and August (15-12). Seattle stranded eight runners on Sunday as the team's inability to deliver key hits with runners on base continues to haunt the Mariners. "It's really been the story of our season offensively," Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. "Eleven hits but only two runs, we've got to do better than that." A prime example of Seattle's inability to capitalize occurred in the seventh when A's reliever Ryan Cook surrendered a double and single to start the frame, but struck out the side to leave runners stranded at first and third in a 2-2 game. "There's a time you have to put the ball in play -- shorten up and just make contact," Wedge said. The A's scored twice in the first as Cespedes tripled in Stephen Drew and scored on a sacrifice fly to center off of the bat of Brandon Moss. The Mariners tied it in the third. Seattle leadoff batter Franklin Gutierrez laced his second two-strike double in as many at-bats. Casper Wells beat out an infield single to third base and Kyle Seager's single through the hole at short scored Gutierrez. Milone, who labored with 67 pitches through three innings, induced a ground-ball double play from Jesus Montero, but surrendered a game-tying RBI single to Justin Smoak with two outs. An outstanding throw to the plate by A's right fielder Reddick helped Milone out of a second-inning jam. Carlos Triunfel's one-out single was initially bobbled by Reddick, who recovered to throw a strike to catcher George Kottaras to cut down Smoak trying to score from second. Reddick has 15 outfield assists this season. "Huge, but he's been doing it all year so it's not surprising," Milone said of Reddick. "It's a good feeling when you've got guys out there who have been doing it all year long." NOTES: Oakland manager Bob Melvin said Brett Anderson may throw a bullpen session on Monday as the injured starter still has an eye on returning before the end of the playoffs. Seattle's Gutierrez left in the third inning with tightness in his left groin. ... The Mariners streak of 18 consecutive games with at least one home run was snapped. ... The A's on Monday play the first of three final regular-season games. The pitching matchups against visiting Texas include Jarrod Parker (12-8) vs. Martin Perez (1-3) on Monday, Travis Blackley (5-4) vs. Matt Harrison (18-10) on Tuesday and A.J. Griffin (7-1) vs. Ryan Dempster (7-3) on Wednesday. ... The Mariners finish the season with three games against the visiting Angels in series that starts on Monday with Felix Hernandez (13-8) set to oppose C.J. Wilson (12-10).--
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kevin Love addresses meeting, teammates' confrontation

Jay Feely: Gisele tried to get me to convince Tom Brady to retire

Law enforcement to keep close eye on Tom Brady’s jersey, other items at Super Bowl

Raiders to make a run at Le’Veon Bell if he becomes free agent?

LaVar Ball to serve as assistant coach on sons' Euro team

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Cavs question Love’s illness at ’emotional’ meeting

Robby Anderson's lawyer: WR did not threaten sexual assault, was racially profiled

Report: Sean Payton high on Baker Mayfield

One-handed NFL prospect shared amazing message about disabilities

Austin Jackson agrees to two-year deal with Giants

Bucks fire coach Jason Kidd

How the New England Patriots arrived at Super Bowl LII

The Chicago Bulls' future is on the clock

Position-by-position breakdown of Super Bowl LII teams

The 'More things change...' quiz

Greatest surprise Super Bowl stars

Behind the scenes: History of the Super Bowl in pictures

Oldest players to ever be on Super Bowl rosters

Players with the most Super Bowl appearances

Top takeaways from NFL Championship Sunday

Six incredible stats from the Belichick/Brady era in Boston

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Greatest surprise Super Bowl stars

Position-by-position breakdown of Super Bowl LII teams

Oldest players to ever be on Super Bowl rosters

The 'More things change...' quiz

How the New England Patriots arrived at Super Bowl LII

Players with the most Super Bowl appearances

Behind the scenes: History of the Super Bowl in pictures

Sports & Politics Intersect: Nassar's victims put USA Gymnastics, MSU on trial

Top 25 times franchise players have changed scenes in MLB

The 'One of these things is not like the other' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker