A’s finish strong season at home with walkoff win

Marcus Semien. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics were a good team at the Coliseum this season, and they ended their home slate fittingly: With a walkoff home run.

Mark Canha turned on a fastball and suddenly his teammates were jumping with him at home plate, celebrating the 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners.

Matt Joyce doubled in the first and scored on a Khris Davis sacrifice fly after Jed Lowrie singled him over to third.

A couple of innings later, it was Marcus Semien hitting the sac fly to score Franklin Barreto, who turned a double into three bases when Seattle center fielder Jacob Hannemann booted the ball in the outfield.

Bruce Maxwell, playing his final game of the season at the friendliest ballpark in the league to player-activists, received hearty applause after he was introduced and every time he came to the plate. In the third, Maxwell erased an infield single by Hannemann by throwing out him out as he tried to steal second.

One swing of the bat by Nelson Cruz erased Oakland’s two-run lead. The M’s power hitter destroyed a Kendall Graveman pitch, hitting it 117 mph out of the box and over the fence in left field.

Maxwell put the A’s back on top one inning later by hitting an RBI single. Mark Canha chipped in a sac fly of his own later in that frame to reinstate the Athletics’ two-run lead. Joyce hit his third “double” — the first was a dubious reward from the scorekeeper — of the day to score Maxwell.

Graveman, one of the player the A’s tout as a big part of their future, wasn’t sharp in his final start of the season. The Opening Day starter allowed the third run of his outing in the fifth off Mitch Haniger single, the third base hit he allowed in the frame.

Chris Hatcher entered the game in the eighth and gave up the lead before he recorded an out. Robinson Cano re-directed a 1-0 pitch approximately 422 feet to knot the game up, 5-5.

Canha broke the tie with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth.

jpalmer@sfexaminer.com

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