Padres put on show in walk-off victory over A's
Latos relieved in first inning before four homers, sac fly earn win
PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres used four home runs and a game-winning walk-off sacrifice fly from Mike Baxter in the bottom of the ninth on Sunday to down the A's, 7-6, at Peoria Stadium.
The A's got on the scoreboard in a hurry with three runs in the first inning against Padres right-hander Mat Latos, who recorded just two outs in his second Cactus League start. Josh Willingham and Kevin Kouzmanoff provided sacrifice flies before Kurt Suzuki knocked Latos out of the game with an RBI double.
"Mat again was a little too erratic," said Padres manager Bud Black. "He doesn't look comfortable. We've got to make sure we iron some things out next time in the bullpen."
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The Padres struck right back, however, as Jorge Cantu hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame and Logan Forsythe added a two-run jack of his own in the second. Forysthe's home run chased A's starter Josh Outman from the game after the left-hander allowed four runs on five hits over 1 1/3 innings.
Oakland retook the lead in the third inning on a two-run single from Jai Miller that scored Willingham and Kouzmanoff. Oscar Salazar and Guillermo Quiroz connected for solo home runs in the seventh to even the score.
The A's welcomed shortstop Cliff Pennington back to the lineup, as he made his spring debut after recovering from surgery on his left shoulder. He went 0-for-2 with a walk and played five innings in the field before being replaced by Grant Green.
Oakland first baseman Daric Barton left the game in the fourth inning with an apparent ankle injury after a collision at first base with Forsythe. Barton jumped for a high throw from Kouzmanoff but came down awkwardly when Forsythe arrived at the bag at the same time. Andy LaRoche replaced Barton at first base.
"He just got kicked in the calf," said Joel Skinner, who served as Oakland's manager. "Nothing serious."
Padres closer Heath Bell made his first appearance of the spring and retired the side in order in the fifth inning. He needed just 12 pitches to get three outs and struck out two of the three batters he faced.
Up Next for A's: Right-hander Guillermo Moscoso gets the nod for the A's on Monday at 12:05 p.m. PT as they face the Mariners at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, and fans with an oaklandathletics.com account can listen to a free live webcast. Moscoso, quietly making his case for a rotation spot, has surrendered five hits and three runs with four strikeouts in a combined four innings this spring. Seattle, meanwhile, is slated to counter with 2010 Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez, who is making his Cactus League debut.
Up Next for Padres: Right-hander Dustin Moseley, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, gets the start on Monday against the Royals in a 6:05 p.m. PT game at Peoria Stadium, live on MLB.TV and Gameday Audio. Center fielder Cameron Maybin also could return to the lineup after missing five games with concussion-like symptoms stemming from when he hit his head on a post fielding a fly ball during Wednesday's practice.