San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eric Sogard's RBI single in the ninth gave the Oakland Athletics a 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres, who named Pat Murphy as their interim manager for the rest of the season Tuesday.
Murphy had been the manager at the club's Triple-A affiliate in El Paso and took over a day after Bud Black was fired. Bench coach Dave Roberts guided the Padres on Monday in a 9-1 loss to Oakland.
The 56-year-old Murphy joined the Padres' organization in 2010 after a 15-year run as head baseball coach at Arizona State. He was in his third year as the club's Triple-A manager, compiling a record of 180-172.
"It's kind of neat for me to hand him his first loss," said Sogard, who played for Murphy at Arizona State. "It's a little bittersweet for him, I know. I texted him after the game."
The game was played on the one-year anniversary of the death of longtime Padre and Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.
San Diego sent Craig Kimbrel (1-2) to the mound in the ninth. Billy Burns worked a two-out walk, stole second and raced home on Sogard's hit up the middle.
Tyler Clippard struck out the side in the bottom half for his 10th save of the season. Oakland starter Scott Kazmir allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits with six strikeouts over five innings.
San Diego starter Andrew Cashner gave up five runs on five hits with three walks over five-plus innings.
The Padres used a two-run eighth to tie the game at five. Drew Pomeranz, who tossed a scoreless seventh, gave up consecutive singles to Melvin Upton Jr. and Yonder Alonso. Evan Scribner (2-1) took over on the mound and got Justin Upton to ground into a double play, but a run scored. Matt Kemp followed with his first homer at Petco Park in a Padres uniform.
In the bottom of the first, Burns made a leaping catch at the wall to take a two-run homer away from Justin Upton.
Austin Hedges notched his first major league home run in the third.
The Padres tacked on another run in the fourth. Justin Upton singled, advanced to second on Will Middlebrooks' single and raced home on Clint Barmes' bunt single.
Oakland's first hit of the game didn't come until the fifth, when Max Muncy hit a one-out double off the wall in right. After Josh Phegley lined out, Sam Fuld walked. Kazmir followed with the first hit by an Athletics pitcher since 2013, an RBI single down the left-field line. Burns added a two-run triple to right-center field to make it 3-2.
San Diego tied things up in the bottom half. Melvin Upton reached on Kazmir's throwing error, stole second and moved to third when Alonso grounded out. With Justin Upton at the plate, Melvin Upton broke for home and scored as he induced a balk from Kazmir.
"Putting pressure on them is something you do," said Murphy. "If you want to be a championship club, you try to take every advantage you can."
The A's went back in front on Ben Zobrist's two-run homer in the sixth. Josh Reddick led off with a single and crossed the plate on Zobrist's blast down the right-field line.
The Padres went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded three ... The series will shift to Oakland for two games.