Oakland Athletics rookie Matt Olson continued his historic tear on Wednesday night by hitting his fifth homer in five games and becoming the first rookie ever to hit 15 homers in a 21-game span by sending a Chad Bell pitch to the upper bleachers in right field at Comerica Park in the second inning on Tuesday night.
However, Olson didn’t end up being the hero of the night. That honor belonged to Jed Lowrie, whose go-ahead grand slam in the top of the eighth gave the A’s a 9-8 win and clinched a series victory over the Detroit Tigers
Matt Chapman also homered in the top of the second to stretch the lead to 2-0 and the A’s added another run in the third when Lowrie tied a club record with his 47th double of the season.
The Tigers scored single runs in the third and fourth before taking the lead in the fifth with a four-run rally, chasing Oakland starter Daniel Gossett.
Detroit led 8-4 and allowed just one run after the A’s loaded the bases with one out in the top of the seventh, but Lowrie came through in the eighth with the A’s third grand slam of the month.
Chris Hatcher nearly surrendered the lead in the bottom of the eighth after Nicholas Castellanos’ double landed just shy of the fence. Hatcher escaped a bases-loaded jam with a pair of strikeouts.
Blake Treinen pitched the ninth to close out a third-consecutive game. Two of those appearances were save opportunities. Santiago Casilla pitched a perfect seventh and earned the win in relief.