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By Jerry Feitelberg
OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 Wednesday evening. The game went 13 innings and was ended when Stephen Piscotty hit his first career walk-off home run.
A’s starter Brett Anderson struggled in the second inning. He gave up four runs and four hits. He also issued two walks. However, he settled down and gave the A’s six innings of work and allowed just one more hit before exiting the game.
The A’s bullpen did not let the Reds put another run on the board the rest of the way. The A’s were down 4-2 when they rallied to score two in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game. The Reds’ Sonny Gray, who was the A’s ace until 2017, lasted 4 1/3 innings and he was charged with four runs (three earned). Gray is 0-4 with the Reds this season.
The A’s plated two runs in the bottom of the first against their former teammate Sonny Gray. Gray walked A’s leadoff hitter, Marcus Semien. The next hitter, Jurickson Profar, who drove in the A’s two runs Tuesday night, sent Gray’s 3-1 pitch over the fence in right-center field to give the A’s an early 2-0 lead. It was Profar’s fourth tater of the season.
In the top of the second, the Reds sent 10 men to the plate and put four runs on the board to take the lead 4-2. Anderson walked the first two hitters he faced, and the Reds followed with four hits to score four runs.
The A’s tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Marcus Semien walked to start the inning. Jurickson Profar hit into a fielder’s choice. Matt Chapman singled and Kendrys Morales, who was pinch-hitting for Khris Davis, also singled to load the bases.
Reds manager David Bell removed Gray from the game and replaced him with lefty Amir Garrett. Garrett struck out Matt Olson for the second out. Stephen Piscotty singled to shallow right, Profar and Chapman scored on the play. Morales went to third, and Piscotty stopped at second. Ramon Laureano struck out to end the inning, The game was tied 4-4 after five innings.
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the 13th. Both bullpens did their job as they stymied the hitters for the next eight innings. The game ended when A’s right fielder, Stephen Piscotty led off with a walk-off home run to give the A’s the 5-4 win.
Game Notes: Jurickson Profar hit his second home run of the series in the first inning. Piscotty hit his fifth to lead off the 13th to send the 9,096 fans in attendance home happy.
The A’s improve to 17-21, and the Reds fall to 15-22.
Up Next: The A’s go for the sweep of the series Thursday afternoon at 12:37 pm. Chris Bassitt will be seeking his second win of the year. He will be opposed by the Reds’ Tanner Roark.