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PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC Sports California is looking back at the A's 50 Memorable Moments since the franchise relocated to Oakland in 1968. Below are the next two moments you can vote on. Tune into A's Pregame Live tonight at 6:30pm to watch highlights of the two moments. After the A's and Mariners conclude, tune into A's Postgame Live to see which moment will move on to the next round!

1. Brandon Moss 2-run walk-off HR in 19th inning against Angels in 2013 (Three-time winner -- Defeated Reggie Jackson's titanic home run during the 1971 All-Star Game in Detroit on Tuesday)

It started out like any other game on a Monday night. Dan Straily threw the first pitch to Peter Bourjos at 7:09 p.m. The game's final pitch would not be hurled for another six hours and 32 minutes.

At 1:41 a.m. Tuesday, Brandon Moss blasted a two-run home run off Barry Enright in the bottom of the 19th inning, ending the longest game in A's history, a 10-8 victory over the Angels. The game featured 16 different pitchers and 597 pitches.

The Angels took a 7-2 lead into the eighth inning, but the A's rallied for four runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to force extra innings. The teams exchanged runs in the 15th inning to make it 8-8. It would stay that way until the bottom of the 19th, when Moss belted his second home run of the game to finally send everyone home.

 

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2. Marco Scutaro's walk-off homer off Mariano Rivera on Jackie Robinson Day in 2007.

It was the unlikeliest of ninth inning rallies. Down 4-2 with two outs and the bases empty, and facing the greatest closer in Major League Baseball history, the A's were dead in the water. But a Todd Walker single and Jason Kendall walk brought Marco Scutaro to the plate representing the winning run against the Yankees' Mariano Rivera.

Hope began to fade as Scutaro fell behind in the count 0-2. But incredibly, Scutaro belted Rivera's next pitch deep to left field and off the foul pole for a game-winning three-run home run, sending the Coliseum crowd of 35,067 into a frenzy.

The comeback victory took place on Jackie Robinson Day, making it even more memorable. Ironically, Mariano Rivera was the last player to ever wear Robinson's iconic number 42. MLB retired the number and grandfathered it out of usage in 1997.

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