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“It’s not something you want to do,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We would have liked to have won that game in the ninth inning. If you can have them win it in a different fashion, whether it’s going in the clubhouse after we beat them and somebody else losing, that’s how you’d like to do it.”

NOTES: Willingham hit 26 homers in 2006 with Florida. … Cabrera reached base four times, with a singles and three walks. … A’s 2B Jemile Weeks returned to the lineup after missing two games with leg cramps. He batted in the No. 2 hole for the first time in his career. “I don’t want him to feel he has to push it right away,” manager Bob Melvin said. … LHP Gio Gonzalez starts Saturday looking to improve to 5-1 over a six-start stretch. … A wedding took place in front of home plate less than an hour before first pitch. … It was also “Star Wars” night. … A man on a treadmill in left field failed to run a marathon before the game ended.