Rámon Laureano broke a ninth-inning tie with a two-run homer and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-Four on Wednesday night time in a matchup of West department champions
LOS ANGELES — After going hitless in his first two at-bats, Rámon Laureano singled. Feeling emboldened, he choked up at the bat and broke a ninth-inning tie with a two-run homer.
That gave the Oakland Athletics a 6-Four victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night time in a matchup of West department champions. The A’s moved inside of a recreation of Minnesota in pursuit of the No. 2 seed within the American League playoffs.
“I suppose it’s going to stay converting for everyone for those subsequent six video games. We’re simply looking to win and win and win, and we don’t care who we play,” Laureano mentioned. “We’re simply looking to stay competing, get that profitable tradition going into the postseason.”
Laureano additionally had an RBI unmarried within the 7th and made a diving catch in middle subject. He moved his fingers a lot upper at the bat within the 9th.
“I apply choking up each and every unmarried day,” he mentioned. “I simply made up our minds, what, simply alternate one thing and I did. Just right issues came about and expectantly it carries on.”
Edwin Rios, who changed Dodgers 3rd baseman Justin Turner within the 6th, homered in his first at-bat within the 8th, tying it Four-all. It used to be the primary run given up in 19 appearances this season through Jake Diekman (1-Zero), who had a 22-inning scoreless streak that dated to closing Sept. 16.
“You nearly really feel such as you’re getting a smash with Turner popping out of the sport, and Rios has been so just right for them,” A’s supervisor Bob Melvin mentioned. “However anticipating a house run there’s a surprise, truly.”
Stephen Piscotty singled within the 9th off Blake Treinen (Three-Three). With two outs, Laureano homered to the decrease left-field seats, clocking a cardboard cutout within the face for a 6-Four lead.
Liam Hendriks retired the aspect within the 9th for his 14th save.
Oakland starter Sean Manaea allowed 3 runs and 6 hits in six-plus innings. He struck out 4 and walked one.
The A’s took a Three-Zero lead within the first off Joe Kelly, who got here out of the bullpen to start out and promptly gave up consecutive doubles to Tommy Los angeles Stella and Robbie Grossman and walked Marcus Semien — the primary 3 batters he confronted. It used to be Kelly’s first get started since June 1, 2016, at Baltimore.
Grossman’s RBI double to deep left-center scored Oakland’s first run. Mark Canha’s sacrifice fly introduced house Grossman on middle fielder Cody Bellinger’s throwing error that still allowed Semien to attain.
“The ones curveballs that had been hit weren’t horrible pitches,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned. “It is an elite pitch when it is proper.”
The Dodgers closed to Three-2 on Max Muncy’s two-run pressure within the 3rd, giving him homers in back-to-back video games.
Laureano’s RBI unmarried prolonged Oakland’s result in Four-2 within the 7th. His diving catch in middle robbed Mookie Betts to finish the Dodgers’ part of the inning. Betts went Zero for Four, snapping his nine-game hitting streak.
The Dodgers minimize their deficit to Four-Three on Bellinger’s 12th homer, a shot to proper subject main off the 7th that chased Manaea.
Julio Urías made his first aid look of the season, coming into within the 3rd inning. Now not beginning perceived to paintings for the left-hander, who has struggled within the first inning of video games. He gave up one run and two hits in six innings, struck out 5 and walked two.
“We view him as a starter however there’s a little gradual ramp-up when he makes begins,” Roberts mentioned. “This night used to be truly just right from the outset. I really like how Julio has embraced no matter we’ve requested him.”
Athletics: INF-OF Chad Pinder (strained proper hamstring) hasn’t hit at the subject but and even though he feels just right, Melvin mentioned he can not ensure Pinder will play when the staff returns house.
Athletics: RHP Mike Fiers (6-2, Four.67 ERA) begins the sequence finale Thursday. He has a nil.90 ERA and combatants batting moderate of .145 over the primary two innings of a recreation, and a 6.88 ERA and .340 combatants moderate from the 3rd inning on.
Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (1-Zero, Three.86) begins in a postseason take a look at after being activated off the injured checklist. A blister on his proper index finger has necessitated two journeys to the IL and restricted him to simply 7 2/Three innings within the closing month.
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