A's get a run, miss out on chance for more

You'd have to be a fool to think this is the kind of game that would go quickly. The A's put a gaggle of runners on base in the top of the third inning, and they scored a run to go up 1-0. But that's all they scored -- a bittersweet outcome considering how the inning played out.

Cliff Pennington singled to open the inning, looping a soft liner to Andy Dirks, who has sweet hair. Coco Crisp then hit a chopper to Miguel Cabrera, who charged with the grace of of Reggie Jackson trying to kill the Queen, and threw wide, pulling Prince Fielder off the bag at first.

Stephen Drew took a called third strike on a front-door sinker, but Yoenis Cespedes rapped a curveball into left for an RBI single that scored Pennington. Brandon Moss hit a 3-1 change into right field in the next at-bat, but Avisail Garcia gunned the speedy Crisp down at home with a perfect throw for the second out.

Josh Reddick then struck out on the exact same pitch that got Drew in the first at-bat. He was less than thrilled, and barely managed to stay in the game after expending most of his removable equipment.

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