Athletics 6, Padres 4

Jonny Gomes’ knew he had been unproductive in a pinch hitting

role. That didn’t stop him from working the count and getting a

pitch he could hit.

Gomes, who was hitless in his 34 previous pinch hit appearances,

hit a two-run pinch-hit homer in the seventh inning to help the

Oakland Athletics beat the San Diego Padres 6-4 on Saturday.

”Can’t hit righties, can’t hit sliders, that’s something I’ve

battled all my life,” Gomes said. ”Pinch hitting? Throw that into

the bag of things I can’t do. You can say I’m 0 for whatever bit

I’m still in a big league uniform and battling every day.”

Seth Smith also homered for the A’s, who have won a season-high

five straight. Jemile Weeks and Collin Cowgill also drove in

runs.

”We’re starting to get a little character in here,” Gomes

said. ”It’s a nice situation.”

Carlos Quentin hit a home run for the Padres, who have lost two

straight since sweeping the Seattle Mariners. Will Venable also

drove in two runs.

Sean Doolittle (1-0) pitched the seventh and earned his first

major league victory. The converted first baseman gave up two runs

on two hits. He walked one and struck out two. Ryan Cook pitched

the ninth for his third save in four chances.

”I never had any decisions in the minor leagues either,”

Doolittle said. ”It just seems like somebody different steps up

every day. Sometimes it’s a pitcher and sometimes it’s a

hitter.”

Joe Thacher (0-2) took the loss.

Padres starter Ross Ohlendorf lasted 4 2-3 innings, allowing

three runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out three.

A’s starter Tyson Ross, in his first big league start in nearly

three weeks, took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before giving

up a two-run, two-out home run to Quentin.

”Early in the game he was throwing a lot of fastballs, a lot of

sinkers,” Padres manager Bud Black said. ”Then as the game

progressed he got underneath us a little bit with the slider, as

evident by multiple strikeouts. He’s a tall guy with a good arm

slot that when he releases the ball it’s a good angle. With the

good depth of the slider, you saw our guys swing over the top of

it.”

Ross allowed the two runs on one hit over his six innings. He

walked four and struck out six in his first major league start

since May 30.

”His ball-to-strike ratio was not great but he did use his

breaking ball effectively,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ”He

certainly kept the damage down. You could say he was effectively

wild.”

Ohlendorf didn’t allow a hit in the first three innings. Smith’s

seventh home run of the season cleared the center field wall with

one out. Brandon Moss doubled and Cowgill singled later in the

inning to put the A’s ahead 2-0.

Weeks made it 3-0 with an RBI double in the fifth.

”I thought I saw the ball creeping up in the zone a little bit

in the latter part of his outing,” Black said. ”They took

advantage of some balls out over the plate but overall he hung in

there. Maybe not as efficient as he would like.”

Quentin’s home run, his sixth of the season, brought the Padres

within one in the sixth. Quentin was hit by a pitch for the 102nd

time in his career in the second inning.

Venable’s two-run double against Doolitte in the seventh put San

Diego ahead 4-3.

Cliff Pennington, who had reached base in his last seven at-bats

before fouling out in the eighth, walked to open the seventh. One

out later he went to second on Weeks’ single and to third on Josh

Reddick’s fielder’s choice.

Luke Gregerson replaced Thacher one pitch into Gomes’ at-bat and

immediately bounced a pitch that allowed Pennington to score the

tying run. Gomes hit Gregerson’s 3-1 delivery into the left field

bleachers.

NOTES: IF Eric Sogard was also recalled with Ross. The A’s

optioned RHP Evan Scribner and IF Adam Rosales to Sacramento. …

The A’s announced IF Kila Ka’aihue cleared waivers and was

outrighted to Sacramento. … Ohlendorf is the 12th starting

pitcher used by the Padres. … Padres’ RHP Micah Owings (strained

right forearm) was scratched from his first rehab start Friday

night. … The A’s send RHP Bartolo Colon (6-6, 4.21) to the mound

in Sunday’s series finale. He’s 1-1 in two career starts against

the Padres, though he hasn’t faced them in six years. … LHP

Clayton Richards (3-7, 4.30) goes for the Padres on Sunday. He’s

2-2 over his last four starts following a five-game losing streak.

… Pennington has drawn a walk in three consecutive games for the

first time this season. … Padres’ OF Mark Kotsay extended his

hitting streak against the A’s to 13 games.