The Athletics were ready to celebrate when Starling Marte drove a ball into the right center field gap in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Houston Astros at the Coliseum on Saturday, knowing that it likely would score the game-winning run, but the party ended up being muted.
Veteran Elvis Andrus was on first base when Marte connected on the pitch from Astros reliever Ryan Pressly, and he was motoring around the bases trying to score the winning run.
Andrus pulled up with an injury just as he rounded third base, but still managed to score to give the A's a dramatic 2-1 walk-off win over the Astros.
When his teammates stormed the field to celebrate, Andrus didn't want to get up from the dirt. After several players mobbed Marte, the whole team circled around the shortstop to check on his wellbeing. He had to be carried off the field.
After the game, manager Bob Melvin told reporters that Andrus felt a pop in his left ankle and he was undergoing X-rays to determine the severity.
After losing four straight to the Seattle Mariners, the A's now have won two in a row against the AL West-leading Astros. The two wins keep the A's alive in the division race and AL Wild Card race.