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A’s win in walkoff fashion, pad AL Wild Card buffer

Sep 29, 2012, 7:40 PM EDT

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The A’s went down 4-0 when the Mariners’ Michael Saunders launched a two-run homer to right field in the fourth inning on Saturday at O.co Coliseum. But the rest of the afternoon belonged to Oakland.

Brandon Moss hit an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth, an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth and a walkoff three-run blast in the bottom of the 10th as the A’s continued their wild 2012 campaign with a 7-4 come-from-behind win over the visiting Mariners.

The A’s are now 90-68, ranking second in the American League Wild Card standings. The Orioles, who just got underway against the Red Sox, hold the first Wild Card spot with a record of 90-67. Anaheim (currently 87-70 and in a rain delay in Texas) sits third.

It was the 14th walkoff victory of the season for the Athletics. The magicial ride continues.

  1. skerney - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Bay Bridge series please.

    • thekcubrats - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

      Without the earthquake this time, please.

      • cur68 - Sep 29, 2012 at 11:08 PM

        This

  2. hcf95688 - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    A’s-mazing!

  3. Glenn - Sep 29, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    In hope the A’s and O’s enjoy this ride – I think the party will be over in 2013. How lucky can two teams get? That said, I enjoy it, am happy for their fans, and wish them the best this post season.

  4. raysfan1 - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Argh. Thought the gap was closing today.

  5. joelwrobinson - Sep 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    There’s no luck involved when you play a 162 game season.

    • thekcubrats - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

      Like when my SF Giants got their first rings, no luck at all involved in the Padres losing ten straight in September and coughing up the division on the last day of the season…

      You know nothing about this game.

      • dondada10 - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

        They were fortunate the Pads had an epic collapse, but no, there wasn’t any luck involved. It was, simply, baseball.

      • thekcubrats - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:18 PM

        Sure was baseball, and yes, that’s baseball.

        (But that being said, you might want to look up the meaning of “fortunate”…)

  6. cosanostra71 - Sep 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    Mariners are killing me right now! Help the Halos out a bit, geez!

  7. clydeserra - Sep 29, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    He got an RBI for the single in the third? it was a seeing eye grounder between 2nd ans 1st and Cespedes scored…from first. I don’t think Moss really had much to do with that one

  8. watermelon1 - Sep 30, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Hey Seattle,

    Nice choke job. Thanks for nothing.

    Sincerely, Baltimore.

    I don’t know why people think the Orioles are “lucky.” This is what Buck Showalter does. Not to mention the Orioles did have talent… just no idea how to use it.

    Two 30 HR hitters. Lots of youth. They’ve got their interior defense finalized and locked-in now.

    And the biggest aspect of a winning season… this next offseason free agents will actually WANT to come to Baltimore. That gorgeous ballpark.

    Could they add a more proven arm in the rotation? Sure. I’d say they’re a lot more likely to compete in the AL East the next couple years than they are to be the basement dwellers they have been for the last… 14 years.

    I don’t know as much about the A’s… but hey, the good news for them is Houston is joining their division! That’s quite a few automatic wins right there! :o)

    • clydeserra - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      THe Orioles are considered lucky because they have scored only 8 more runs than they have given up. that should be good enough for a plus/minus .500 record.

      they are 28-9 in one run games. that is lucky

  9. kidcleveland77 - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Love it!

    By the way, is it me, or is the A’s uniform pictured above one of the best looks in the league?

    • franklb - Sep 30, 2012 at 11:19 AM

      Definitely a good look.

      This walkoff stuff has been absent for almost all of August and September. Nice to see again. My own take is that the A’s are too young and stupid to know that they aren’t supposed to be doing this. They were supposed to lose 90 games, not win 90. A lot of fun to experience.

      Loved the Cespedes scoring from first. Kudos to his wheels and alertness. He had a great jump off first, and took advantage of the failure to get the ball back in the infield A simple throw to second base would have kept him at third. The weakness of the grounder between 1B and 2B helped, too.

  10. APBA Guy - Sep 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I’m just speechless. What a great win!

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