(Sports Network) - Tommy Milone hopes to build off the first complete-game win
of his career this evening when the Oakland Athletics open a three-game series
with the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field.
Milone went the distance on Wednesday and won for the first time in five
starts, as he beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, holding them to a run and three
hits to run his record to 7-5, while lowering his ERA to 4.13.
"It means a lot," said Milone, who was awarded the lineup card as a memento.
"Just to be out there in the ninth inning, it's such a good feeling. Every
strike I threw, the crowd was cheering. Once I got the second out, I felt like
I was the closer."
Milone lost to Seattle earlier in the year and surrendered four runs in six
innings of that outing.
Oakland won in thrilling fashion on Sunday, as Derek Norris' three-run homer
in the bottom of the ninth lifted the Athletics over the San Francisco Giants,
Yoenis Cespedes and Brandon Inge both singled before Norris crushed a 3-2
fastball into the seats in left-center field. Norris' first-career homer
helped the A's avoid a three-game sweep in the Bay Bridge series.
"I knew he didn't want to walk me," Norris said. "He painted a 3-1 pitch on
the black and then (Buster) Posey dropped a foul ball that I hit and I got
another chance and took advantage of it."
Jimmy Miller (2-0) earned the win after throwing 1 1/3 shutout innings. A.J.
Griffin, who made his major league debut, gave up two runs on three hits and
struck out four over six-plus innings. Griffin retired 13 straight after
giving up a two-out hit in the second.
Coco Crisp doubled and scored and Josh Reddick drove in a run for the A's, who
have won nine of their last 12.
Seattle, meanwhile, also lost its series over the weekend, dropping two of
three to the San Diego Padres and getting shut out in Sunday's rubber match at
Petco Park, 2-0.
Hector Noesi (2-9) allowed two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and
three walks over six innings. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate for the
Mariners, who have dropped three of four.
"I thought Hector threw the ball batter today," Mariners manager Eric Wedge
said. "He was more consistent with everything. I was really pleased with his
Heading to the hill for the Mariners tonight will be righty Erasmo Ramirez,
who will be making his third start of the season. Ramirez did not get a
decision on Tuesday in Arizona, as he allowed five runs (4 earned) and seven
hits in just four innings of a 12-9 win.
He is 0-1 on the year with a 5.40 ERA.
Seattle is 5-2 this season against the A's.
06/25 10:32:37 ET
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