Recalled from Triple-A Nashville earlier in the day and playing less than two hours from his hometown, Nick Martini made his first career hit a big one.
Pinch-hitting with two outs in the top of the eighth, Martini’s go-ahead single off Chicago White Sox reliever Juan Minaya made the difference as the Oakland Athletics erased an early 5-0 deficit to win 7-6.
Daniel Mengden was roughed up for five runs in the first and would exit due to a right foot sprain in the second, but not before his teammates began the comeback.
Oakland (40-37) got two back in the top of the second when Stephen Piscotty homered off former A’s farmhand Dylan Covey, who the White Sox selected in December 2016 in the Rule 5 Draft. Piscotty’s homer marked the 24th consecutive road game in which the A’s have homered, tying a Major League record.
Covey left with hip soreness in the fifth after allowing a leadoff walk to Matt Joyce, a walk that sparked a three-run rally to tie the game, with one run coming in on Dustin Fowler’s sac fly and the two to tie the score coming home on Jed Lowrie’s two-out, two-run double.
Matt Olson’s 17th homer of the year in the top of the sixth gave the A’s a 6-5 lead, but Chicago (25-51) immediately tied it up in the bottom half. Though Santiago Casilla would get a one-pitch groundout to start the frame, a Tim Anderson single, a hit batter and a Charlie Tilson walk loaded the bases. Bob Melvin called on Lou Trivino to get out of the jam, and though the tying run would score on Yoan Moncada’s groundout, Avisail Garcia would strike out to end the frame.
Though Jace Fry would set the A’s down in order in the top of the seventh, Trivino would hold serve by striking out the side. Piscotty’s two-out double off Minaya in the eighth set the stage for Martini, who pinch-hit for Chad Pinder and lined a go-ahead single to center field.
After Yusmeiro Petit allowed a double to Anderson, Blake Treinen would get the final two outs of the eighth, and despite shaky defense, he’d take care of the ninth as well. Treinen’s own error allowed Moncada to reach to start the inning, and Marcus Semien’s error on Jose Abreu’s chopper turned what could’ve been a game-ending double play into two men on with just one out. Semien would immediately get another chance on Matt Davidson’s grounder, and this time, he would start the double play to end the game and improve the A’s to 4-1 on the ten-game road trip.