OAKLAND -- The Astros traded for center fielder Carlos Gomez mostly because of his offense, hoping his bat and his speed would help lengthen their offense. The fact he's a Gold Glove center fielder certainly helped Houston's desire to get Gomez.
In Thursday's 5-4, 10-inning win at the Coliseum, Gomez's defense saved one run -- and perhaps two -- when he made a long run in the fifth inning to track down a drive by the A's Eric Sogard and made an over-the-shoulder catch, sliding to the ground as he caught the ball. The play earned Gomez a round of applause from the A's fans, as he reached a top speed of 20.2 mph.
There were runners at first and second and no outs when Sogard struck the ball, and both of them could have scored if Gomez hadn't come down with it. Ike Davis tagged up to go to third on the play to put runners on the corners, but starter Scott Feldman got Billy Butler to fly out to center before striking out Coco Crisp to end the fifth.
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