Bullpen can't hold on to early lead 

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  • The Brewers' Carlos Gomez slides into home for the winning run after he scored from first on Yuniesky Betancourt's base hit in the bottom of the 10th.

Carlos Gomez scored from first on Yuniesky Betancourt's line drive in the gap between center and right in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the A's on Tuesday night.

John Axford (2-3) got the win with a scoreless 10th. He retired Yoenis Cespedes, whose first career multi-homer game had given the A's a 3-0 lead through seven innings, and after walking Jed Lowrie he struck out Josh Donaldson and got Josh Reddick on a flyout.

Pat Neshek (1-1) took over in the bottom of the 10th and retired Ryan Braun on a grounder to third before Aramis Ramirez blooped an 0-2 pitch into short left and was replaced by pinch-runner Jeff Bianchi. Gomez reached on a fielder's choice and scored with a head-first slide on Betancourt's line drive.

After being shut out by Oakland starter A.J. Griffin for seven innings, the Brewers tied the game with three runs in the eighth off reliever Sean Doolittle.

Rickie Weeks, who came on in a double switch in the top of the eighth, singled and went to second on Norichika Aoki's single. Both scored when Jean Segura tripled to the right-field corner. Ryan Cook then came on to face Braun and retired him on a grounder to third. Ramirez followed with a broken-bat bloop to short center that scored Segura. Gomez hit into a double play to end the threat.

Cespedes hit the first pitch he saw from Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse for his 10th home run of the season in the first and then connected again off Lohse for a solo shot leading off the sixth.

Griffin retired the first eight batters before Lohse looped a single into short center field. Then the right-hander worked out of trouble in the fifth.

Gomez beat out a bunt single and Juan Francisco walked, but Griffin got Martin Maldonado to hit into a fielder's choice. Scooter Gennett and Lohse struck out swinging as Griffin escaped any harm.

Griffin allowed four hits, walked one and struck out five, including Gennett three times. Griffin has gone six or more innings in nine of his 12 starts this season.

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