Athletics 6, Padres 4

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 16, 2012
Jonny Gomes' two-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning helped the Oakland Athletics beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 on Saturday. Seth Smith also homered for the A's, who have won a season-high five straight. Jemile Weeks and Collin Cowgill also drove in runs. Carlos Quentin hit a home run for the Padres, who have lost two straight since sweeping the Seattle Mariners. Will Venable also drove in two runs. Sean Doolittle (1-0) pitched the seventh and earned his first major league victory. The converted first baseman gave up two runs on two hits. He walked one and struck out two. Ryan Cook pitched the ninth for his third save in four chances. Joe Thacher (0-2) took the loss. Padres starter Ross Ohlendorf lasted 4 2-3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out three. A's starter Tyson Ross, in his first big league start in nearly three weeks, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving up a two-run, two-out home run to Quentin. Ross allowed the two runs on one hit over his six innings. He walked four and struck out six in his first major league start since May 30. Ohlendorf didn't allow a hit in the first three innings. Smith's seventh home run of the season cleared the center field wall with one out. Brandon Moss doubled and Cowgill singled later in the inning to put the A's ahead 2-0. Weeks made it 3-0 with an RBI double in the fifth. Quentin's home run, his sixth of the season, brought the Padres within one in the sixth. Quentin was hit by a pitch for the 102nd time in his career in the second inning. Venable's two-run double against Doolitte in the seventh put San Diego ahead 4-3. Cliff Pennington, who had reached base in his last seven at-bats before fouling out in the eighth, walked to open the seventh. One out later he went to second on Weeks' single and to third on Josh Reddick's fielder's choice. Luke Gregerson replaced Thacher one pitch into Gomes' at-bat and immediately bounced a pitch that allowed Pennington to score the tying run. Gomes hit Gregerson's 3-1 delivery into the left field bleachers. NOTES: IF Eric Sogard was also recalled with Ross. The A's optioned RHP Evan Scribner and IF Adam Rosales to Sacramento. ... The A's announced IF Kila Ka'aihue cleared waivers and was outrighted to Sacramento. ... Ohlendorf is the 12th starting pitcher used by the Padres. ... Padres' RHP Micah Owings (strained right forearm) was scratched from his first rehab start Friday night. ... The A's send RHP Bartolo Colon (6-6, 4.21) to the mound in Sunday's series finale. He's 1-1 in two career starts against the Padres, though he hasn't faced them in six years. ... LHP Clayton Richards (3-7, 4.30) goes for the Padres on Sunday. He's 2-2 over his last four starts following a five-game losing streak. ... Pennington has drawn a walk in three consecutive games for the first time this season. ... Padres' OF Mark Kotsay extended his hitting streak against the A's to 13 games.
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