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Athletics walk-off 3-2 on Crisp homer in 12th

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The Athletics evened their record to 2-2 after beating the Seattle Mariners, 3-2, on Coco Crisp’s first career walk-off home run in the 12th inning Thursday night at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland.

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Seattle’s 25-year old Cuban-born Roenis Elias made his MLB debut holding the Athletics hitless through 4 and 2/3 innings until Nick Punto singled down the left field line.

Sam Fuld followed with a line drive to center field that got under the glove of center fielder Abraham Almonte allowing Fuld to round the bases attempting an inside-the-park home run.

A great recovery and subsequent relay throw to catcher Mike Zunino nailed Fuld at the plate that temporarily preserved the Mariner, 2-1 lead.

Oakland tied the game in the eighth. After back-to-back walks to Coco Crisp and Josh Donaldson, Jed Lowrie grounded into a 4-6-3 double play that left Crisp on third base for Yoenis Cespedes’ RBI game-tying triple.

Both bullpens held the teams scoreless until the 12th inning when Seattle’s Hector Noesi’s second pitch to Coco Crisp sailed over the right field wall for the Athletics’ 3-2 extra-inning victory.

“I was just going up there to swing as hard as I could,” Crisp said afterwards.

“With that approach, 9 times out of 10 you wind up with a strikeout, this time was the one time it worked out.”

Oakland’s Jesse Chavez pitched 6 innings allowing 5 hits and 2 runs before yielding to Fernando Abad, Sean Doolittle, Luke Gregerson and eventual winning pitcher, Drew Pomeranz.

The A’s and Mariners play again Friday night with Oakland’s Dan Straily facing Chris Young at 7:05 p.m.

Tommy Milone goes Saturday (1:05 p.m.) against Felix Hernandez and Sonny Gray will pitch the finale against Erasmo Ramirez on Sunday (1:05 p.m).

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