OAKLAND – Mark Canha opened the bottom of the 10th inning by lining a 2-0 pitch from Heath Hembree over the left field wall to give the A’s a 3-2 win over the Red Sox Friday.
For Canha, who had doubled and tripled earlier in the evening, it was the second homer of the year as Oakland has won the first two games of the homestand after having gone 1-6 on the previous road trip.
The pitching win went to Ryan Dull, who pitched the top of the 10th. In all, the relievers pitched four scoreless innings and have thrown 21 consecutive scoreless innings at home dating back to May 7.
After Oakland starter Kendall Graveman left having allowed just a two-run homer to Mitch Moreland in his six innings, the A’s bullpen took over and turned in some stellar work. Ryan Madson, Liam Hendriks and Santiago Casilla each pitched a scoreless inning to get the game through the top of the ninth.
The A’s bats cooled considerably after Khris Davis’ game-tying double off Chris Sale, who was 2-0 with a 1.60 ERA against the A’s a year ago.
After getting Sale out of the game after seven innings, Oakland thought the night was over when Ryon Healy, matched up against Boston closer Craig Kimbrel, simply slaughtered a ball to center field. But the Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. got his glove above the wall to keep the ball from carrying out, forcing extra innings with the game still tied at 2-2.
Graveman has had a good season to date, but not even he is beyond the spell Mitch Moreland has Oakland pitching. The A’s starter pitched with…
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