The A's added one last chapter to a first half marked by dramatic finishes.
Josh Reddick's run-scoring double in the bottom of the 13th inning gave the A's a 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
That ended an unusual afternoon at the Oakland Coliseum that featured both teams wearing uniforms circa 1955 on Turn Back The Clock Day.
Each team committed comical blunders and missed out on scoring chances that could have ended the game sooner. Even the hovering seagulls -- who always descend on the Coliseum as afternoon games wind down -- became a bizarre story line during the 3-hour, 55-minute marathon.
"We've got a lot of young guys, a lot of energy to last these long games," Reddick joked.
The A's notched their sixth win in their past seven games, and they pulled into the All-Star break with a 43-43 record. It's the first time since 2008 -- when they were 51-44 -- that they have not taken a losing record into the break.
The A's also registered their eighth walk-off victory of the season, five more than they had all of 2011.
It's fitting they closed the first half with a nail-biter. Nearly one quarter of the A's games -- 21 out of 86 -- have been decided in a team's final at-bat.
The A's are 12-9 in those games, and their 12 last at-bat victories are second-most in the American League behind Baltimore's 14.
A's manager Bob Melvin said he believes his team, which features 10 rookies on the
"We're better for it, but there's some trepidation when you go through as many as we did," Melvin said. "It's not just last-inning type stuff, but last-pitch type stuff."
The last pitch of Sunday's game was delivered by Mariners reliever Oliver Perez (0-2), and Reddick split the gap in left-center field with a double that scored Jemile Weeks. Weeks lined a single to right to lead off the bottom of the 13th.
The A's won despite going 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position and getting two runners picked off.
Reddick, the first A's player since Nick Swisher in 2006 to reach 20 home runs before the break, admitted he was initially ticked when he was left off the A.L. All-Star squad. He'll instead spend his break in Las Vegas, and he was happy to be at the center of Sunday's postgame celebration.
He got dumped with buckets of water and Gatorade during a TV interview, then Weeks and Kurt Suzuki nailed him in the face with whipped cream pies. Usually, Reddick is one of the players instigating such maneuvers.
"It feels good to be on the receiving end of that," he said.
As the game dragged on and shadows crept over the field, the seagulls began circling lower and lower.
"They were poopin' on the field," A's shortstop Cliff Pennington said.
It appeared the seagulls might have played a role in Oakland's Brandon Moss losing a fly ball in the top of the 13th, which fell for a double for Michael Saunders. But Moss, who switched from first base to right field in the ninth, said the sun was the main culprit.
Melvin listed Cespedes as day-to-day and was hopeful to have his left fielder back when the A's resume play after the break Friday in Minnesota.
"No es nada," Cespedes said afterward, or "It's nothing," in English.
Cespedes missed 22 games in May with a strained muscle in his left hand. He also sat out nine games in June with a hamstring strain but avoided the disabled list.
He is hitting .263 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 54 games.
Colon threw 79 of his 93 pitches for strikes, an astonishing ratio that stirred memories of his April outing when he threw 38 consecutive strikes against the Los Angeles Angels.
Whether he remains with the A's or is dealt is an intriguing story line as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Texas, Toronto and Baltimore are just a few of the teams in the market for starting pitching.
The A's became the first A.L. team since 1992 to play 13 or more innings and not issue a single walk. Before Sunday, the A's hadn't accomplished it since 1927.
Brandon McCarthy has tested his sore shoulder by playing catch, and he plans to consult with a doctor over the break.
Broglio was a 21-game winner for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1960, but he's best known for being traded to the Chicago Cubs for Lou Brock in 1964.
A's (A.J. Griffin 0-0) at Minnesota (undecided), 5:10 p.m., CSNCA
Last time A's were at or above .500 at All-Star break.