OAKLAND — After being denied a potential game-winning rally in bizarre fashion, the A’s wound up winning on a crazy play anyway.
Josh Reddick tapped a single through the left side in the bottom of the 10th, and Marcus Semien motored around third and scored ahead of the throw home from Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, giving the A’s a 4-3 walk-off victory over Houston.
Correa fielded the ball in very shallow left field, and it seemed there would be a close play on Semien, but Correa’s throw wasn’t strong enough and off-line, and the A’s won for the fourth time in five games since the All-Star break.
That all played out after a strange sequence in the bottom of the ninth when the A’s tied the game. Coco Crisp’s game-tying double off Will Harris became one of the A’s most bizarre plays of the season. Stephen Vogt came around to score on Crisp’s drive that ricocheted off the right field wall. For reasons unknown, Crisp broke into a trot, rounded second as if he didn’t know the ball was still in play and got tagged out in a rundown. So the A’s knotted the score, but missed out on having the potential winning run on second.
Did Crisp think it was a walk-off homer? Was he not aware of the score? Whatever the case, the score remained 3-3 and wound up going to extras.
Starting pitching report:
The 6 1/3 innings turned in by Dillon Overton were his most in three major league starts. He gave up three runs on nine hits, striking out six without a walk. Overall, a solid outing for the lefty, and he should get another start next time through the rotation as Rich Hill is unlikely to be ready.
Daniel Coulombe, Liam Hendriks and Marc Rzepczynski held the Astros off the scoreboard over the final 3 2/3 innings.
At the plate:
The A’s mustered just three hits in the first six innings off Keuchel. They at least succeeded in driving his pitch count up and broke through after the reigning AL Cy Young winner left in the seventh. Billy Butler singled off Keuchel and Jake Smolinski doubled. Then Ken Giles relieved Keuchel and Ryon Healy greeted him with a two-run double to right-center that brought the A’s to within 3-2. The rookie has knocked in six runs through his first five big league games, and he’s shown a nice ability to drive the ball to the opposite field.
The A’s threatened in the second but Semien was thrown out trying to score from second on Healy’s single to left. Astros left fielder Colby Rasmus, among the league leaders in outfield assists, fielded the ball in shallow territory and fired off an accurate throw to the plate that was in plenty of time to get Semien.
In the field:
Overton was aided by a diving catch in left by Khris Davis, who robbed Evan Gattis on his sinking liner.
A crowd of 15,143 was on hand. Before the game, the A’s raised $38,460 through their annual Root Beer Float Day that benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
This three-game series wraps with Wednesday’s 12:35 p.m. matchup, as Daniel Mengden (1-4, 5.54) squares off against Doug Fister (9-6, 3.64)