Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Yuniesky Betancourt drove in the game-winning
run in the bottom of the 10th inning to help the Milwaukee Brewers defeat the
Oakland Athletics, 4-3, in the second of a three-game interleague series at
Carlos Gomez's fielder's choice groundout put a runner on first with two outs
in the 10th before Betancourt smacked a line drive to right-center, scoring
Gomez from first for the deciding run off Oakland's Pat Neshek (1-1).
John Axford (2-3) picked up the win after working around a walk in the top of
the 10th. Jean Segura drove in two runs with a triple as part of a three-run
eighth inning and Aramis Ramirez tied the game at 3-3 with a one-out RBI bloop
Yoenis Cespedes recorded his first career multi-homer game, accounting for all
of Oakland's offense, scoring two runs and driving in three off his two homers
in the setback.
The Athletics had won 15 of 17 following Monday's 10-2 trouncing in the series
opener, while Milwaukee snapped a five-game home losing streak.
Sean Doolittle took the hill in the eighth with the Athletics holding a 3-0
lead, but things quickly got worse for the visitors.
Rickie Weeks and Norichika Aoki hit back-to-back singles, and Segura came
through with a two-run triple down the right-field line, cutting the Brewers'
deficit to 3-2.
Ryan Cook entered the game for Oakland and didn't do any better, blowing the
save and giving up Ramirez's one-out bloop single to center, scoring Segura
and tying the game at 3-3.
Milwaukee had a great chance to win the game in the ninth versus Athletics
reliever Jerry Blevins, but Segura grounded out with the bases loaded to send
the game to extras.
Coco Crisp opened up the game with a single, stole second and advanced to
third on John Jaso's groundout to first. The next batter, Cespedes, took the
first pitch he saw over the left-center wall, giving the Athletics a 2-0
Oakland starter A.J. Griffin, meanwhile, retired the first eight Milwaukee
batters he faced and lasted seven innings, allowing just four hits and no runs
while striking out six, but Oakland's bullpen couldn't help him secure the
Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse allowed all three Oakland runs, which of course
came on Cespedes' two homers.
Cespedes continued to carry his team in the sixth, launching his second homer
of the game to lead off the inning. He crushed Lohse's 3-1 offering in nearly
the exact same spot as his first shot of the game, extending the visitors'
lead to 3-0.
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