OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a towering, two-run, home run into the left field bleachers with one out in the 10th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to an 8-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
Nate Frieman singled with one out against Miguel Gonzalez (0-1) to set up Donaldson’s game-winner.
Sean Doolittle (2-4) pitched two innings to earn the victory, striking out four. Geovany Soto drove in three runs for the A’s, who have won two of three to remain atop the AL Wild Card race.
Marlon Byrd drove in three runs for the Phillies, who have lost six of eight.
A’s starter Scott Kazmir lasted just 5 1-3 innings, allowing six runs on 11 hits. He walked one and struck out nine. Since Aug. 3, Kazmir has an ERA of 6.67. It was at 2.37 through July.
Phillies’ starter A.J. Burnett gave up six runs on three hits in his 4 1-3 innings of work. He walked six and struck out three, tying him with Charlie Hough for 43rd on the all-time strikeout list with 3,360. Sandy Koufax is next at 2,362.
Byrd drove in the Phillies first three runs, one in the first and two in the second, each with a double. Freddy Galvis, Carlos Ruiz and Ben Revere also drove in runs for the Phillies.
Soto recorded his first 3-RBI game since July 30 of last year, walking with the bases loaded in the third and doubling home two runs in the fifth. Josh Reddick, Brandon Moss and Adam Dunn also drove in runs for the A’s.
Phillies: OF Domonic Brown, who hurt his right wrist on Thursday and was scratched from Friday’s lineup, hopes to return to the lineup when the Phillies open a series in Miami on Tuesday. … IF Jimmy Rollins (strained left hamstring) was hoping to return to action in his hometown of Oakland but now hopes just to make another appearance this season. Phillies’ manager Ryne Sandberg would not say one way or the other about Rollins’ status for the rest of the year.
Athletics: OF Craig Gentry (concussion) and C John Jaso (concussion) are still not able to participate in baseball activities. “He’s still having a little bit of a tough time with it,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said of Gentry. “I think yesterday he went and saw another doctor. I haven’t heard anything yet.” Melvin added “with eight games left, there’s always that possibility” he’ll miss the rest of the season. “Same thing, obviously with Jaso.” … IF Jed Lowrie left the game with a left foot contusion, the result of a hit by pitch in the first inning.
Phillies: Following an off-day Monday, LHP Cole Hamels (9-7, 2.47) gets the nod in Tuesday’s series opener at Miami. He’s starting his fifth game against the Marlins this year and will be looking for his first win. He’s 9-13 with a 3.19 ERA against the Marlins lifetime.
Athletics: RHP Jeff Samardzija (4-5, 3.13) makes his third career start against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. He’s 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA against them. . OF Jonny Gomes is a lifetime .318 hitter (7 for 22 with three extra base hits and six walks) against Angels’ starter C.J. Wilson.
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