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By Jerry Feitelberg
OAKLAND — The A’s won a thriller as they defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 in 10 innings at the Coliseum on Tuesday night. Matt Olson homered with one out in the 10th to send the A’s to their 61st win of the season.
Chris Bassitt started for Oakland and pitched exceptionally well. He gave the A’s six innings of work and allowed three hits and no runs. The Brewers’ starter Adrian Houser pitched five innings and allowed one run and three hits.
The A’s drew first blood in the bottom of the third. Brewers’ starter, Adrian Houser, walked the lead-off hitter, Jurickson Profar. Houser struck out Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman. Matt Olson then doubled to left-center to drive in Profar from first. The A’s lead 1-0 after three.
The Brewers plated a run in the top of the eighth. Brewers’ shortstop Orlando Arcia singled to start the rally. Yusmeiro Petit, in relief of Chris Bassitt, retired the next two hitters. A’s manager brought in lefty Ryan Buchter to face the left-handed hitter Christian Yelich. Yelich singled to send Arcia to third. Melvin brought in Liam Hendriks to pitch to Yasmani Grandal. Grandal singled on the first pitch from Hendriks to tie the game. Hendriks struck out Mike Moustakas for the final out of the inning. The game is tied 1-1 midway through the eighth inning. The game didn’t stay tied for long. With two out in the bottom of the eighth, A’s DH Khris Davis lined a shot over the wall in left field to put the A’s ahead 2-1 for his 17th homer of the year. The A’s led 2-1 heading into the ninth.
With one out, Brewers’ first baseman Eric Thames blasted his 15th of the year to tie the game. Thames broke an 0-for-17 slump with the homer. Hendriks struck out the side but was rocked by the blast by Thames. The A’s failed to score in their half of the ninth. The game is now in extra innings.
The Brewers failed to score in the top of the tenth. The Brew Crew had their closer, lefty Josh Hader pitching. Hader struck out Matt Chapman for the first out. The next hitter, Matt Olson, sent the first pitch from Hader over the center-field wall to give the A’s a hard-earned 3-2 win.
Game Notes: With the win, the A’s improve to 61-47. They remain in second place in the AL West. They are still 1/2 game ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays in the race for the second wild card slot. The Brewers fall to 56-52, and they trail the St. Louis Cardinals by two games in the race for the NL Central crown.
Khris Davis and Matt Olson each homered for Oakland. Davis hit his 17th and Olson his 22nd.
It was the eighth walk-off win for Oakland this year, and it ties them for the Major League lead.
Time of game was three hours and 16 minutes. 17,291 fans went home happy.
Up Next: Game two of the three-game series will be played Wednesday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Lefty Brett Anderson will go for Oakland. Milwaukee has yet to announce their starting pitcher.