For the second game in a row and third in their last four, the Oakland Athletics staged an impressive comeback, and for the second consecutive day, Jed Lowrie played the role of the hero.
Just over 28 hours after his home run capped off a late three-run comeback, Oakland’s All-Star-candidate second baseman delivered a single up the middle to break a ninth-inning tie and lead the A’s to a 9-7 win over the Detroit Tigers.
Though Monday’s eighth-inning comeback was certainly impressive, Tuesday night’s return from an early 6-0 deficit ios easily one of the team’s most remarkable wins on the year.
Starter Frankie Montas — who has been a revelation thus far — allowed four runs in the first inning and another pair in the third on what looked to be a long night for Oakland (42-38).
RBI doubles by Nicholas Castellanos and Niko Goodrum keyed the first-inning rally, while Dixon Machado’s two-run triple with two outs in the third made it a 6-0 game.
The A’s would strike back with three unearned runs in the fourth. After first baseman John Hicks dropped a ball that would’ve ended the inning, Mark Canha and Jonathan Lucroy each doubled to cut the lead in half. Hicks would redeem himself in the bottom half with an RBI single off Chris Hatcher, but the A’s would strike again in the fifth to chase Tigers starter Blaine Hardy and cut the lead to one.
In the fifth, Chad Pinder hit his seventh homer of the year — a two-run shot to extend the A’s road home run streak to 27 — and Lowrie would follow with an opposite-field blast to cut the lead to one. That would be all for Hardy, who allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Buck Farmer would keep the A’s at bay for the next two frames, but Detroit (36-44) was unable to score both in Hatcher’s second inning and against Emilio Pagan.
Louis Coleman issued back-to-back walks to Lowrie and Khris Davis to load the bases in the seventh, and Alex Wilson would yield a game-tying sac fly to Matt Olson. Matt Joyce doubled to lead off the ninth, and Lowrie’s single off Shane Greene put the A’s ahead. Dustin Fowler’s pinch-hit single with two outs would provide an insurance run, and Blake Treinen pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save.
The win moves the A’s into sole possession for third place in the AL West as the Los Angeles Angels lost in Boston.