The Oakland Athletics grabbed their first win in a week thanks to a bases-clearing triple from Coco Crisp on Tuesday night at the O.Co Coliseum.
With the 6-2 win over the New York Mets, the A’s snapped a five-game losing streak and improve to 74-51 on the season. The club remains 0.5 games behind the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West.
Scott Kazmir worked six frames, allowing one earned run on four hits while punching out six. With that showing, the left-hander picked up his 14th win, which ties him for the most in the AL. However, at the moment, the starter isn’t exactly focused on personal accolades.
“Where we’re at right now, that’s the last thing I’m thinking about. We got to take care of business.”
While the stat line looked good, the veteran was less than sharp. Kazmir navigated his way through lots of traffic in the early innings and ended up walking three batters. Travis d’Arnuad tagged Kazmir for a solo home run in the fourth, which barely made it over the jagged edge just beyond the 388′ sign in right-center field to give the Mets an early 1-0 edge.
The A’s immediately got that run back half an inning later when Alberto Callaspo lofted a sacrifice fly to right field, which allowed Stephen Vogt to trot home from third base. As the first baseman crossed the plate, the crowd of 23,498 cheered loudly, as commissioner Bud Selig watched on. Selig, who stopped by the O.co on Tuesday as part of his farewell tour, delivered a press conference before the game.
Crisp then lashed a three-run triple down the right-field line as the A’s jumped out to a 4-1 advantage.
“It felt like 10 runs at the time,” said manager Bob Melvin.
The line shot was also important in the larger scheme, as the A’s table-setter was hitting just .130 in the month of August entering the contest. Closer Sean Doolittle certainly wasn’t surprised that Crisp stepped up to deliver the big hit.
“He’s a leader with everything he does on and off the field. He’s clutch, man.”
“Tonight he came through for us when we needed it the most.”
In the seventh inning, the Mets pulled back a run after Ryan Cook served up a couple of doubles. Manager Bob Melvin then hooked the right-hander and brought on Fernando Abad to close out the inning.
In the eighth, the A’s got some insurance courtesy of a two-run home run off the bat of Josh Reddick. The right fielder has now gone yard nine times on the season.
Luke Gregerson came up to pitch a scoreless eighth before Doolittle shut the door on New York in the ninth.