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Oakland, CA – Khris Davis is having an amazing season. Not only did he record his forty-fifth home run but he also hit a walk-off home run to lift the A’s over the Twins 7-6. It’s something truly out of a story book. Oakland’s magic number is now at 3.
The A’s magic number dropped to three after recording their third straight win despite still trailing the New York Yankees by 1 1/2 games for the top Wild Card spot and behind the Houston Astros 3 1/2 games in the American League West. Eight more games remain in the season and anything can happen.
But for tonight, it was an incredible come back, Minnesota scored six runs in the sixth to lead the A’s 6-4. But Oakland responded quickly in the bottom of the frame with two runs to tie the game 6-6. That led to extra innings and the A’s prevailed.
“I love those moments,” said Mark Canha. “I wasn’t thinking about hitting a home run. I was just trying to have a good at-bat, but when something like that happens it just gets the blood flowing a little bit. It’s a lot of fun.”
Davis set a career-high when he went yard with a two-run homer in the first making it a 2-0 game. By the second inning both Ramon Laureano and Marcus Semien singled. Then Jonathan Lucroy hit a sacrifice fly and drove Laureano to extend their lead 3-0.
Oakland added on another run in the fourth when Stephen Piscotty was hit by pitch. Laureano singled and Semien’s sacrifice scored in Piscotty to make it a 4-0 lead. By the sixth the Twins took control, they scored six runs and had six hits.
Jake Cave doubled and Robbie Grossman went deep with a two run homer to cut the lead in half 4-2. Max Kelper and Tyler Austin both singled and Ehire Adrianza doubled driving in Kelper. Willians Astudillo flew out to right field and Piscotty quickly threw to home plate to prevent another run scored.
Gregorio Petit flew out to right field and Piscotty made the same play leaving two on at second and third. Joe Mauer was given a free pass to load the bases. Jorge Polanco doubled and cleared the bases driving in both Austin and Adrianza making it a 6-4 game.
The bottom of the frame, Piscotty walked and pinch-hitter Mark Canha goes deep for a two-run homer and tied the game 6-6. After the A’s left runners stranded in the ninth, Davis took matters into his own hands again. Canha walked and Matt Chapman doubled but Jed Lowrie flew out to end the inning.
Davis started the game with a bang and ended it the same way. Extra innings, it was this first at-bat and the power hitter sent the ball sailing into right field. It was the perfect way to end the game. Davis surpassed Jose Canseco with his 45th home run for the third-best single-season total in Oakland history.
“Just the ball off my bat initially I was thinking ‘Yeah, get on second,’ ” Davis said. “Then it started carrying, which is even better.”
“That’s a pretty good bookend night,” said A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “This is a really frustrating park sometimes at night. I know some of (the Twins) guys were a little frustrated. But it doesn’t matter to Khris. I think that’s why you consistently see the power numbers you see out of him in this park.”
Mike Fiers will be on the mound for Saturday’s 6:05pm contest against the Twins for Game 2. Fiers will face Chase De Jong.