Recap: Oakland vs. NY Mets
08/20/2014 10:05 PM
08/20/2014 10:05 PM
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer as the New York Mets roughed up Oakland's Jeff Samardzija in an 8-5 win at O.co Coliseum.
Curtis Granderson, Daniel Murphy and Eric Campbell each had two hits and one RBI for the Mets, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Zack Wheeler (9-8) won his sixth straight decision after allowing four runs -- two earned -- on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.
Samardzija (3-3) was victimized for seven runs on seven hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.
Oakland, which snapped its season-high five-game losing streak in Tuesday's opener of this two-game interleague set, trails the AL West-leading Angels by 1 1/2 games. The A's host their division rivals this weekend.
The A's produced a run without a hit in the eighth. They loaded the bases with one out on two walks and an error. Sam Fuld drew another walk to trim the deficit to 8-5, but New York reliever Jeurys Familia struck out Andy Parrino looking and got Josh Donaldson on a grounder to short to end the inning.
Familia pitched around a Stephen Vogt double in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
There were a flurry of two-out runs after both starters opened the game with two perfect innings.
Campbell led off a five-run third by driving Samardzija's 2-0 pitch over the center-field wall. Consecutive two-out singles by Granderson and Murphy preceded a walk to David Wright. Samardzija threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Granderson, before Duda crushed an offering to center for his career-high 23rd home run.
Wheeler retired the first eight batters before Sogard reached on a four-pitch walk. Coco Crisp and John Jaso then hit back-to-back RBI doubles to right.
"I think Coco has been doing well recently, getting big hits with runners on base," Jaso said.
Granderson and Murphy knocked in runs with two-out singles in the fourth to make it 7-2, but two scored in the bottom of the frame for Oakland when Murphy kicked Parrino's two-out grounder.
"Every time we score, you try to go out there the next inning and put up a zero, but it didn't happen that way today," Wheeler said. "Luckily, we had the bats going all game long and were able to stay ahead of them and pull out a W."
Wilmer Flores singled home Duda with two outs in the fifth to put the Mets up 8-4.
New York had a chance to extend its lead in the sixth, but Fernando Abad induced a rally-killing fly out from Matt den Dekker.
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