Brandon Moss crushed a three-run home run and Yoenis Cespedes followed with a solo shot in the bottom of the eighth to give the A's a 6-3 victory over the Mariners, taking the series on a gorgeous day at the Coliseum. The A's began the game looking off kilter, especially on the field, but Coco Crisp, Sam Fuld, and Eric Sogard made some incredible plays to help seal the win. A’s starter Sonny Gray earned his first win and closer Jim Johnson wiggled out of a minor jam in the ninth to earn his first save. Both young starters, Erasmo Ramirez and Gray, weren't particularly sharp. Gray, who had some control issues, struggled early before settling down. He finished with a strong pitching line.

Sogard put on a defensive clinic at second base during the top of the third inning and went 3-for-3 at the plate, capping off a brilliant day. Daric Barton, however, the highly criticized first baseman, had a rough day at the yard. He had an error in the top of the second and struck out twice at the plate.

Notes:

  • 32, 852 in attendance

  • Melvin sat Josh Reddick in favor of Sam Fuld, who went 1-for-4 and made some great plays in RF.

  • Josh Donaldson has the best walk-up music on the team. John Jaso has the weirdest one.
     

  • Challenge Rule update: the A's used their challenge on a Sam Fuld play at first base, when he was thrown out after rounding the base to go to second. Close call, but he was called out.

  • Veteran Chris Young of the Mariners, rumored to be dropped off the roster, looked very sharp, possibly solidifying his position.