• The A's got 4 2/3 hitless, shutout innings from relievers Pedro Figueroa, Jerry Blevens and Jim Miller -- one of the few bright spots for the A's -- but it was too late. Blevins struck out three in his 1 2/3 innings of work.
"That was as good as I've seen him," Melvin said.
• With a win on Friday night, the A's would have climbed above the .500 mark for the first time since May 18.
• With about 10 family members, including his parents who live in the Orlando area looking on, rookie Michael Taylor, just called up from Triple-A Sacramento, started in left field for the A's.
Taylor became the 35th player the A's have employed this season, the most of any team in the Major Leagues. And he is the 12th rookie, also a Major League high. They used a total of 14 rookies all last year. The A's currently have eight rookies on their 25-man roster.
Taylor, who flew to Florida from Sacramento, believes he may have set a Major League record for cross-country flights in a week. Last weekend, he flew to Baltimore to be on hand in the event Coco Crisp couldn't play, then flew back to California two days later without ever being placed on the 25-man roster.