Sogard delivers A's winner in 9th to top Padres
SAN DIEGO -- A's speedster Billy Burns drew a two-out walk from Padres closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth inning, stole second and scored the go-ahead run on Eric Sogard's single, helping Oakland win its third straight, a 6-5 victory at Petco Park on Tuesday afternoon.
"I was in a hitter's count, so I knew I'd get a heater," said Sogard. "Shot it up the middle, didn't hit it as hard as I'd like, but hit it in the right spot and was able to get it out there. Billy Burns, great for him to get on second like that."
It was a see-saw game that saw the Padres, who earlier in the day Pat Murphy as their interim manager, erase a two-run deficit in the eighth, highlighted by Matt Kemp's tying home run off righty Evan Scribner.
"We got a lot to do here, but if this is what it's going to be like, there is going to be a lot of excitement," Murphy said.
The A's Ben Zobrist homered in the sixth, a go-ahead, two-run shot in support of lefty Scott Kazmir, who had an RBI hit of his own in a three-run fifth inning in which Burns notched a two-run triple. More >
Kazmir gave up three runs (two earned) in five innings, giving up five hits along the way -- including Austin Hedges' first big league home run, a solo shot in the third inning. Padres starter Andrew Cashner was responsible for five runs in as many innings.
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Burns ablaze: Burns added to his growing collection of highlight-reel plays with a tremendous catch against the center-field wall in the first inning, robbing Justin Upton of extra bases -- possibly a home run -- ahead of a relay throw to first base to double off Yonder Alonso and end the inning. The A's outfielder did his part at the plate, too, plating two runs in the fifth with a triple and scoring the winning run in the ninth. More >
Kemp gets No. 3: Kemp has just three homers, but his third was critical as his solo shot tied the game at 5 in the eighth inning. Kemp has hit two homers in 11 days, and this was his first blast at Petco Park as a member of the Padres.
Near the hedges: In his eighth career start behind the plate, Hedges stroked his first Major League home run in the third to give the Padres a 1-0 lead. Hedges' blast almost landed in the hedges and garden in front of the Padres' bullpen.
"It's kind of neat for me to hand him his first loss. A little bittersweet for him, I know. I already texted him, and I look forward to seeing him in Oakland and talking a bit. I love Murph more than anyone, and he helped me tremendously get where I am today." -- Sogard, on Murphy, his former coach at Arizona State
"We can't let it be a distraction. We are here to play baseball.'' -- Cashner, on having three managers in three days
The A's lost a challenge in the ninth inning, when the out call on Sam Fuld's attempted steal of second base with one out stood.
Athletics: The A's return home for two more games with the Padres, starting with Wednesday's 7:05 p.m. PT matchup at the Coliseum. RIght-hander Jesse Chavez, who is 2-6 despite owning a 2.64 ERA, gets the start for Oakland.
Padres: The Padres head for Oakland to continue Interleague Play with right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne (3-4) going in the 7:05 p.m. PT start. Despaigne has lost four of his past five decisions.
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