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MLB: Oakland 6, San Diego 4

June 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM   |   Comments

OAKLAND, Calif., June 16 (UPI) -- Jonny Gomes bashed a two-run, go-ahead homer in the seventh inning Saturday, rallying the Oakland Athletics to a 6-4 interleague win over San Diego.

Trailing 4-3 entering the frame, Padres starter Alex Hinshaw surrendered a leadoff walk to Chris Pennington and was pulled in favor of Joe Thatcher (0-2).

Pennington went to second on Jemile Weeks' one-out single and both runners advanced on Josh Reddick's groundout.

Luke Gregerson came into the game and promptly uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Pennington to score the tying run, and Gomes followed by belting a 3-1 pitch deep into the left-field stands for the decisive blow.

Seth Smith also homered for the Athletics, who won their fifth straight an clinched the three-game series.

Sean Doolittle (1-0) got the win despite blowing a lead in the top of the seventh. Ryan Cook tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his third save for Oakland.

Carlos Quentin knocked a two-run homer and Will Veanable drove in a pair for San Diego.

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