Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/8/12

OAKLAND, Calif. -- It was only fitting that Josh Reddick, who has quickly become a fan favorite, got the game winning hit for the Oakland Athletics.

Reddick's double in the bottom of the 13th scored Jemile Weeks from first base as the Athletics outlasted the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

"It shows we never give up," Reddick said. "We've got a lot of young guys and we've got a lot of energy to last these long games. We're not going to give up no matter what the score is. We felt like it was a good game for us to have and we had some opportunities. We battled until the end and it worked out."

Weeks had singled to right off Oliver Perez before Reddick delivered the game-winner, also off Perez.

The win was the major-league-best eighth walkoff win for the Athletics and the second of this series.

"It was big for us and we've been fighting all year," Weeks said. "We've had some ups and downs, but for the most part, I think we've met expectations or exceeded them at the same time, and I think we'll continue to do that."

Reddick who was not chosen to go to the All-Star game, leads the A's with 20 home runs and 43 RBIs

"It's been great and I didn't know what to expect coming in here," Reddick said. "I knew we didn't have as many fans as some teams, but they've taken a real liking to me, especially the right field guys who I seem to get along with really great. It feels good to walk up to the plate and have the whole stadium cheer your name and get loud for you."

The Athletics are at .500 as they head to the All-Star break, while the Mariners fell 15 games below the break-even mark.

"When you're in that type of ballgame, you've got to do everything you can to put an inning together with runners in scoring position, but ultimately you've got to come through and we didn't do it," Mariners manager Eric Wedge said. "Anytime you go that deep in the ballgame, one run apiece, obviously you've got a lot of good pitching going on. Obviously from an offensive standpoint with the position players, that's the number one area where we've got to get a lot better, and their game should be more consistent. They've got to be ready to be a much better ballclub in the second half and be a more balanced ballclub."

In the top of the 13th, Michael Saunders hit a fly ball to right center and got a gift double thanks to the many seagulls flying around the ballpark in the late afternoon sun. Brandon Moss could not see the ball. and it was out of range for center fielder Coco Crisp.

But Jordan Noberto got John Jaso to ground out to second to end the threat.

The A's Sean Doolittle struck out the side in the top of the 11th. Doolittle has 24 strikeouts and only three walks in 14 2/3 innings pitched.

The A's had the leadoff man on base in the 10th inning on a single to right by Cliff Pennington. But Crisp bunted to the pitcher, forcing the lead runner at second. Adding insult to injury, Crisp was picked off first base by lefty Charlie Furbush. Weeks walked and stole second. The Mariners elected to intentionally walk Reddick, but he airmailed ball four, allowing Weeks to move to third on the wild pitch. After a pitching change, Shawn Kelley struck out Jonny Gomes to end the inning.

The Mariners blew a scoring chance in the top of the ninth. Kyle Seager singled to center with one out. Justin Smoak followed with a two-out double to left-center, moving Seager to third base. A pitching change brought in Oakland's All-Star representative Ryan Cook, who struck out Brendan Ryan swinging to keep the game tied.

The A's got a fine outing from veteran Bartolo Colon, who was a strike throwing machine -- 79 of his 93 pitches were strikes. He pitched 8 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, a run and no walks while striking out five.

"It was tough to take him out of the game emotionally because he pitched so well," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He wanted it so bad, but, boy, he gave us everything we could possibly expect, especially the fact that he was hurt for a while. He never ceases to amaze you. He's a pretty remarkable guy."

After two quick outs in the sixth inning, the Mariners got three straight singles capped off by an RBI hit to right by Saunders to bring in Dustin Ackley to tie the game at 1-1.

The A's had taken the lead in the first inning. Crisp singled to left. Weeks followed with a bunt single up the first-base line. Mariners first baseman Smoak fielded the ball but failed to tag Weeks, allowing him to be safe with Crisp moving to second. After a Reddick groundout advanced runners to second and third base, Yoenis Cespedes' infield single to short scored Crisp.

The Athletics have had their struggles against Felix Hernandez, who is 13-5 lifetime in his career vs. Oakland. Although he got a no-decision, Hernandez pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and one run, while walking three and striking out six. Hernandez is headed to Kansas City to represent the Mariners in the All-Star Game.

"I threw a lot of pitches today so we'll see what happens," said Hernandez when asked if he would be able to pitch in the All-Star Game on Tuesday. "If they need me, I will pitch, if they don't, I'll be OK."

The A's did have their opportunities but failed in the second, third, and fifth innings going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

In the bottom of the eighth, the A's had runners on first and second. Hernandez had been cruising but issued walks to Weeks and Gomes. That ran his pitch count to 114, prompting Wedge to make a pitching change, bringing in rookie left-hander Lucas Luetge. Melvin brought in Chris Carter as a right-handed bat to face Luetge instead of Seth Smith, but Carter struck out looking to end the inning.

NOTES: It was Turn Back The Clock Day. The A's wore replica 1955 uniforms of the Oakland Oaks, the minor league team of the Pacific Coast League. The Mariners wore Seattle Rainiers uniforms. The main color for the Rainiers was red, while the Oaks were predominantly navy blue. So neither team wore their usual colors. ... Reddick had two doubles and has 39 extra basehits. Reddick is the first Athletic to have at least 20 home runs at the All-Star break since Nick Swisher had 20 in 2006. ... A's starting pitchers have allowed two earned runs or fewer in 20 of the last 23 games. Their starters have a 3.67 ERA which is lowest in the American League. ... The Mariners start the second half of the season at home against the Texas Rangers, while the A's are at Minnesota's Target Field for a weekend series vs. the Twins.

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