Oakland A’s come back in the ninth, win it in the 10th thanks to Stephen Piscotty, Jed Lowrie

The Oakland Athletics looked to be headed to a loss at the hands of a left-handed pitcher with an ERA north of 6.00, but down to their final strike in the ninth, they got a game-tying homer by Stephen Piscotty before Jed Lowrie’s two-run shot won it in the 10th.

Batting just .167 against left-handers on the year and facing a likely All-Star in Brad Hand, Piscotty sent a 2-2 pitch into the second deck in left field to tie the game. Lowrie’s two-out, two-run homer in the tenth off USF alum Adam Cimber gave the A’s a 4-2 win over the San Diego Padres.

Eric Lauer, who entered the game with an ERA of 6.20, held Oakland (37-36) to just one run and three hits over six innings, striking out seven. The A’s had chances against relievers Craig Stammen and Kirby Yates in the seventh and eighth, but a pair of impressive catches at the wall by right fielder Travis Jankowski kept San Diego (34-41) in front.

Matt Olson singled to open the seventh against lefty Jose Castillo and Stammen walked Mark Canha, but he struck out Piscotty before Jankowski robbed Jonathan Lucroy. Pinch-hitter Dustin Fowler flew out to end the inning. With two outs in the eighth and Marcus Semien aboard with a single, Jankowski tracked down Khris Davis’ deep fly ball in the gap.

A’s starter Paul Blackburn allowed two runs over five innings, with one run scoring when Jose Pirela beat out a double play in the first, and Raffy Lopez — who entered the night batting .172 — doubling home a run in the second. A leadoff walk by Davis in the top of the second, a Freddy Galvis error and a Canha walk loaded the bases to start the second, but Piscotty would ground into a double play, leaving the A’s with just one run in the frame.

Lou Trivino got the win by pitching perfect eighth and ninth innings. Semien made a leaping catch on a Hunter Renfroe liner to start the bottom of the ninth. After Lowrie hit a ball that not even Jankowski could reach, Blake Treinen took care of the tenth, allowing a two-out single to Cory Spangenberg but finishing the game with a strikeout of Eric Hosmer, Treinen’s third strikeout of the inning. Emilio Pagan and Santiago Casilla each pitched scoreless innings to keep the game close.

Ethan Kassel

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