Milone tosses another gem – and hits, too
06/04/2013 12:00 AM
06/04/2013 7:54 AM
MILWAUKEE – Left-hander Tommy Milone pitched seven good innings, singled twice, scored two runs and drove in one Monday as the A's began a seven-game trip by beating the Brewers 10-2.
The A's have won 15 of 17.
Milone allowed five hits, and only a two-run homer by Rickie Weeks marred his outing. Milone has won his last three decisions, and Monday was the fifth time in 12 starts he hasn't walked a batter.
Coco Crisp, who homered to open the game, and John Jaso, whose two-run single closed a six-run fifth inning, wound up with four and three hits, respectively, as the A's totaled 19. That surpassed their previous season high of 18 hits set May 25 in Houston.
There was plenty of offensive largesse to go around in the A's first game in Milwaukee since Aug. 17, 1997, and Oakland's first game at Miller Park. Eight A's starters drove in at least one run, eight scored at least one run, and seven had multiple hits.
Milone (6-5) set down the first eight men he faced and 11 of the first 12. After the home run by Weeks, Milone retired nine of the final 10 men he faced, the lone exception being Weeks again.
The second baseman, the older brother of River Cats infielder Jemile Weeks, seemed to have hit a second home run with two out in the seventh.
A's manager Bob Melvin didn't much like the call, asked for a video review and was rewarded when the umpires decided Weeks hadn't gone deep after all. He was rewarded instead with a triple, and Milone stranded him before Hideki Okajima and Jesse Chavez pitched one scoreless inning each to close the game.
The A's used two long balls to stake themselves to a 2-0 lead, then lit up Miller Park with singles and doubles the rest of the evening.
Milone contributed the first two hits of the season for A's pitchers, including an RBI single in the fifth.
The game started with Crisp hitting the second pitch from Marco Estrada to right for his sixth homer. An inning later, with the roof and outfield walls closed, Brandon Moss hit his eighth bomb for a 2-0 lead.
About This BlogMatt Kawahara has covered baseball for The Sacramento Bee for three years. Kawahara, a McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley graduate, joined The Bee in 2010. Before joining Sports, he was a general assignment news reporter. Reach Kawahara at email@example.com. Twitter: @matthewkawahara.
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