Oakland, CA – It’s been an unbelievable half for the A’s. They continued their winning ways by rallying back for the 4-3 victory over the Astros in extra innings. Coco Crisp tied the game in the ninth and Josh Reddick drove in Marcus Semien for the win in the tenth. Oakland has been on a “hot” streak since the All-Star break.
“It was really a good game for us,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin. “We have three of our best guys not available in the bullpen tonight and we have a guy who just got called up to make a start. There was lot of fight for us tonight. We got down and battled back, we always thought we had a chance. A lot of good things transpired tonight and a lot of contribution from guys.”
Houston got going early but swift defense from the A’s kept them off the board in the first. Jose Altuve singled, followed by Carlos Correa who hit a single and stole second. Luis Valbuena grounded out to first to end the threat. But it was a close call, first baseman Danny Valencia was too far to tag Valbuena out so he tossed the ball to Dillon Overton who had to outrun Valbuena to first.
The Astros took a 1-0 lead in the third, Altuve doubled and Correa reached first on a fielder’s choice. Dillon was quick to throw to catcher Matt McBride to tag Marwin Gonzalez out at home. But Valbuena’s RBI single scored in Altuve to get on the board. Houston added on two more runs in the fifth. George Springer went deep to center field. Altuve tripled and scored on Correa’s sacrifice fly making it a 3-0 game.
Altuve has reached base safely in 34 straight road games, which is the longest streak by an Astros player since Jeff Bagwell had a 51-game streak from Sept. 23, 1998-July 31, 1999. The second baseman has hit safely in each of his last 18 road games and batting .415 on the road this season. Altuve leads the Majors with his sixth four-hit game. He is also fourth in Houston history in four-hit games with 18. Altuve is playing outstanding baseball.
Oakland went scoreless through the first six innings before Ryon Healy’s two-run double off reliever Ken Giles. Keuchel put the runners on before his exit. Overton was charged with the loss after being called up yesterday from Triple-A Nashville. He went 6 1/3 innings, allowed nine hits, three runs, one home run and no walks. Despite a rough first, he recovered well.
The A’s got back in the game in the seventh. Billy Butler singled and Jake Smolinski doubled knocking Dallas Keuchel off the mound. Ken Giles gave up a double to Ryon Healy who cleared the bases driving in both Butler and Smolinski. Oakland cut the lead to one, and threaten in the eighth but fail to score. The A’s had stranded eight runners through the first eight innings.
By the ninth, Oakland tied the game and forced extra innings. After Healy was called out on strikes, back-to-back doubles from both Stephen Vogt and Crisp tied the game 3-3. Semien singed in the tenth and stole second putting the winning run at second. Tony Sipp walked Yonder Alonso and surrendered a single to Josh Reddick who hit a grounder past third baseman Valbuena.
“I didn’t expect to be sent right there,” Semien said. “I was just trying to get out of the way of the batted ball. Wash [Ron Washington 3rd base coach] was aggressive right there and it worked out.”
Semien got out of the way as he rounded third base, Correa scooped up the ball but was late on the throw to home plate. Semien scored and the celebration began. The A’s have won four of five games since the MLB All-Star Break and are 6-3 in their last nine games. They’ve also won their fourth walk-off game this season, the first since June 17 vs Los Angeles Angels.
“It was definitely an interesting two-inning period for us,” said Reddick. “Good thing for us it worked out to get the win.”
Notes – The Oakland Athletics raised $38,460 at this evening’s 17th Annual Root Beer Float Day. All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
The A’s have raised more than $486,000 for JDRF throughout the event’s history. Current and former A’s players, broadcasters, various Bay Area TV and radio personalities, and celebrities served root beer floats for two hours before tonight’s game. Proceeds were raised through the sale of floats and souvenir mugs, as well as tips given in exchange for autographs and pictures with the celebrity scoopers. Funds raised from tonight’s 50/50 raffle and the A’s Community Fund silent auction will also benefit JDRF.
Soda for the event was donated by Zevia—the zero-calorie soda—and Whole Foods Market. The ice cream was donated by Dreyer’s. Dexcom, a presenting sponsor for this event, was also on site to educate fans on their continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) products and tools for adult and pediatric diabetic patients.