Oakland-The results for the New York Mets on offense were a little better yesterday. After being held to only four hits a night for five straight games, the Mets (59-68) got more than four last night. Unfortunately for them, they only got six hits and two runs. That would not be enough as Dillon Gee (L, 4-6) struggled, allowing four runs in 5.2 innings as the Oakland A's (74-51) beat the Mets 6-2.
The Mets grabbed a lead in the top of the fourth inning when Travis d'Arnaud hit a solo homer off of Scott Kazmir. d'Arnaud's 11th homer of the season gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. The lead didn't last long as a sacrifice fly from Alberto Callaspo tied the game in the bottom of the inning. The A's then loaded the bases against Gee, and Coco Crisp unloaded them with a three run triple to put Oakland up 4-1. That run support would be plenty for Kazmir (W, 14-5), who allowed only one run in six innings to pick up his 14th win of the year.
The Mets cut the lead to 4-2 in the seventh on an RBI double from Anthony Recker, but the A's got some insurance in the eighth. Josh Reddick delivered a two run homer (9) off of newly promoted Gonzalez Germen to put the A's up 6-2. That would cap the scoring for Oakland and seal the victory for Oakland.
Player of the Game:
Today's Player of the Game Award goes to A's center fielder Coco Crisp, who went 2 for 5 with three RBI's. Crisp's bases clearing triple in the fourth inning proved to be a back breaker for the slumping Mets.
Post Game Notes:
- The A's snapped a five game losing streak with this victory.
- The Mets have now lost three games in a row.
- Gee is 1-5 with a 5.06 ERA since returning from the disabled list.
- Jacob deGrom threw a bullpen session prior to the game and reported no problems. deGrom is expected to be activated from the disabled list Saturday.
The Mets and A's will wrap up their brief two game series this afternoon. Zack Wheeler (8-8, 3.49 ERA) will look to pick up his ninth win of the year for the Mets. The A's will counter with Jeff Samardzjia (5-9, 2.96 ERA). First pitch at O.Co Coliseum is scheduled for 3:35 pm.
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