Friday, December 26, 2014
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Cespedes, Moss send Mills and A’s past Mets 8-5

By
From page B1 | June 26, 2014 |

NEW YORK — Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run double, slumping Brandon Moss had a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics jumped all over an ineffective Zack Wheeler in an 8-5 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Coco Crisp homered and had three hits as the AL West leaders built an eight-run cushion for Brad Mills, who took a shutout into the seventh inning for his first major league victory in almost two years.

Oakland rebounded from its most lopsided loss of the season to split the two-game interleague series, boosting the best record in baseball to 48-30.

Pinch-hitter Lucas Duda chased Mills with a three-run homer in the seventh. Chris Young connected for a two-run shot in the eighth, his third home run in two nights.

Curtis Granderson added three hits for the Mets, who had won three straight and five of six. It was their sixth three-game winning streak of the season, but they haven’t won four in a row since July 7-10 last year.

Oakland obtained Mills (1-0) from Milwaukee for cash last week when fellow left-hander Drew Pomeranz went on the disabled list after breaking his right hand when he punched a chair in frustration.

Mills, who had a 1.56 ERA for Triple-A Nashville at the time of the trade, lasted four innings in his A’s debut last Friday against Boston. He was backed by some fine defense in this one and did not walk a batter over 6 1-3 innings.

It was his first big league win since throwing five innings for the Los Angeles Angels in a 6-0 victory over Baltimore on July 8, 2012.

Sean Doolittle struck out all three hitters in the ninth for his 11th save, extending his scoreless streak to 25 1-3 innings. He has retired 37 of his last 38 batters.

Wheeler (3-8) followed up the best start of his brief career with his worst.

Coming off a three-hitter in a 1-0 win at Miami last Thursday, his first complete game in the majors, the 24-year-old righty had command problems right away. He missed badly with his first two pitches in the first inning to Moss, who drove the next one deep into the second deck in right field for his 18th home run.

The slugging first baseman batted .200 in his previous 26 games, with only one homer and two RBIs in the past 14.

Wheeler issued a leadoff walk to Josh Reddick in the second and another free pass after Crisp’s RBI single. Cespedes followed by lining a bases-loaded double down the left-field line to make it 6-0.

When the Mets loaded the bases in the bottom half, Wheeler was lifted for a pinch-hitter. He was tagged for six hits and a career-high six earned runs in two innings, the shortest of his 33 career starts.

Crisp hit a solo homer in the fourth off Dana Eveland.

NOTES: Derek Norris was held out of Oakland’s starting lineup for the second consecutive night after leaving Sunday’s game when he was hit in the head by a backswing. He entered behind the plate in the ninth. Norris’ jaw was still a little sore but the catcher was feeling a bit better and is on target to start Friday night in Miami, manager Bob Melvin said before the game. … A’s OF Craig Gentry (knee) pinch-hit in the eighth and struck out. … RHP Jesse Chavez (6-4, 2.71 ERA) pitches Friday night against the Marlins. “Another team that we don’t know a whole lot about, so that can be a little nerve-wracking,” Melvin said. “Our lineup’s kind of built to have a DH in it.” … Oakland has won 26 of its last 37 against NL teams. … The A’s clinched their 13th consecutive winning month, tying the longest such streak in Oakland history (1970-72). … CF Juan Lagares (right ribcage) was expected back Thursday night when the Mets open a four-game series in Pittsburgh. Lagares, however, was unable to play Wednesday on his rehab assignment because Double-A Binghamton was rained out.

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • .

    Solano News

    Area churches bring joy, toys to children

    By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Rear ends, reunions define 2014 in music

    By Nick DeCicco | From Page: B1

    Santa spreads Christmas cheer at Bridge to Life

    By Susan Winlow | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Word of Mouth ready to ring in 2015 at Dimitri’s

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

    Solano’s 2014 art scene: A year in review

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

     
    Get your blues on – for a musical cause

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B1

    ‘America’s Got Talent’ auditions Feb. 7 in Bay Area

    By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: B2

     
    A look back at 2014 Back in the Day columns

    By Tony Wade | From Page: A2

     
    Fairfield police log: Dec. 24, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

    Weather for Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

    By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B12

     
    Suisun City police log: Dec. 24, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: A12

    .

    US / World

    Mother uses grief to help murder victims’ families

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    San Francisco creates court only for veterans

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

    California plane crash victims were father and son

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
    Man shot with stun gun dies at border crossing

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

    California officials issue caramel apple warning

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
    Christmas brings California cooler weather, gusty winds

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

    Audit highlights state employee wrongdoing

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A3

     
    US traveler released from East Timor jail

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Obama personal chef to hang up apron after 6 years

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

     
    More protests sparked after shooting near Ferguson

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

    Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Hundreds of theaters begin screening ‘The Interview’

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

    Streaming release of ‘Interview’ test for industry

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

     
    Militants attack AU Somalia base, at least 5 dead

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

    Monkey gives first aid to electrocuted friend

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

     
    Saudi women drivers referred to terrorism court

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A10 | Gallery

    Police and fire officials save California family’s Christmas

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A12

     
    .

    Opinion

    Vermont’s lessons for fans of single-payer system

    By Megan Mcardle | From Page: A11

     
    Need to support police officers

    By Letter to the Editor | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

     
    Top 10 anger-inducing people of 2014

    By Bud Stevenson | From Page: A11

    .

    Living

    Today in History: Dec. 26, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    Community calendar: Dec. 26, 2014

    By Glen Faison | From Page: A2

    Sister’s angry outbursts may be a medical issue

    By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A9

     
    Horoscopes: Dec. 26, 2014

    By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A9

    .

    Entertainment

    Week in Preview Dec. 26, 2014 – Jan. 1, 2015

    By Susan Winlow | From Page: B1

     
    ‘Frozen’ is named top entertainer of the year by AP

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

     
    Entertainment calendar Dec. 26, 2014

    By Susan Hiland | From Page: B4

    Warsaw’s lost architecture portrayed in miniature

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B5

     
    Review: ‘Unbroken’ is beautiful, but impersonal

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

    Angelina Jolie’s latest incarnation: filmmaker

    By Maureen Fissolo | From Page: B6

     
    TVGrid

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B11

    .

    Sports

    James hears plenty of cheers in return to Miami

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

     
    2014 sports quirks: In year of odd bounces, reality bites at World Cup

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7 | Gallery

     
    Colin Kaepernick weighing his offseason approach

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B7

    Former TE Ben Utecht delivers musical message

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

     
    K-State’s Snyder still penning old-school notes

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8 | Gallery

    Fresno State pushed around in in Hawaii Bowl

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    Arians reportedly to go back to Lindley as starter

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B8

     
    This date in sports history for Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B9

    Former NBA All-Star Marbury fan favorite in China

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

     
    Signups for Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

    By Paul Farmer | From Page: B10

    D-I’s youngest coach also has inexperienced team

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

     
    No. 17 Wisconsin hopes program back on steady ground

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

    Rookie Martin makes quick impression in Dallas

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

     
    Eagles have quarterback questions going into 2015

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

    New OT rule in minor-league hockey generating buzz

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

     
    To reduce elitism, British horse racing educating spectators

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

    Bad news for Balotelli as Liverpool alters system

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

     
    LeBron James, Steph Curry lead NBA All-Star voting

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10

    .

    Business

    After 19 years, Alfa Romeo is back in US

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: C1

     
    Bad Santa? 5 tips to tackle your holiday gift returns

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B11

    .

    Obituaries

    Thomas A. O’Neill

    By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

     
    .

    Comics

    For Better or Worse

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Beetle Bailey

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Dilbert

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Rose is Rose

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    B.C.

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Garfield

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Get Fuzzy

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Peanuts

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Wizard of Id

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Frank and Ernest

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Zits

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Sally Forth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Pickles

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Blondie

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Baldo

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

     
    Baby Blues

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A8

    Sudoku

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Crossword

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Word Sleuth

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

     
    Bridge

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9

    Cryptoquote

    By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A9