In a rare interleague battle between the Oakland Athletics and Cincinnati Reds, the Green and Gold got the best of the visitors tonight as the A’s defeated the Reds 7-3 at the O.Co Coliseum in a rematch of the 1972 World Series.
The A’s scored their runs early off of Bronson Arroyo, and managed to hold off the Reds and their dangerous offense.
Josh Reddick doubled in the first run of the game in the second inning, and Stephen Vogt, just called up from the minors, recorded his first RBI with a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
They jumped out to a big lead in the next inning, as Josh Donaldson’s two-run homer, scoring Yoenis Cespedes, gave them a 6-0 advantage. Cespedes had knocked in a run earlier in the frame.
The book was closed on Arroyo after four innings, as he allowed seven runs on seven hits.
The Reds, with 10 hits, actually outhit the A’s, and forced Tommy Milone to exit the game before he could become eligible for a win. Milone allowed a solo homer to Joey Votto in the third, and was pretty solid in the early stages. However, he lost control in the fifth inning, walking three batters in a row and forced in a run.
With the bases still loaded and the tying run coming to the plate, reliever Pat Neshek entered and struck out Chris Heisey. Jerry Blevins also pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, induing Votto into an inning-ending popout.
Coupled with the Rangers’ loss, the A’s are now tied for first place in the AL West. They are now 102-60 in their last 162 games, the best record out of any team in the majors.