The Oakland A’s Jed Lowrie (8) who slugged a 394 foot seventh inning home run to tie up the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks is greeted at home plate by teammate Seth Brown (15) at Chase Field in Phoenix on Tue Apr 13, 2021 (AP News photo)
By Jerry Feitelberg
The Oakland A’s rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 Tuesday afternoon in Phoenix. The A’s won their fourth straight game and the fifth in the last six.
Jesus Luzardo was on the mound for the Green and Gold Tuesday afternoon. Luzardo has had a rough start so far this season, and he was hoping to have a good outing. That did not happen as Luzardo lasted just two and 2/3rd innings. He gave up five runs, all earned six hits, two walks, and struck out one batter. His ERA ballooned to 8.31.
The D-Backs put two on the board in the bottom of the second. Asdrubal Cabrera led off with a single. He went to second when Luzardo walked David Peralta to put men on at first and second with no out. With one out, Luzardo served up a hanger that Carson Kelley sent into the leftfield stands. The ball went 413 feet.
Luzardo didn’t fare better in the bottom of the third. The D-Backs made it a 5-0 game when they scored twice. Kole Calhoun and Eduardo Escobar singled to get things rolling. Cabrera doubled to drive in Calhoun. Escobar stopped at third. Escobar scored on Peralta’s grond out. Luzardo’s effort was over when he walked Carson Kelly. A’s manager Bob Melvin brought in Jordan Weems to finish the third.
The A’s began their comeback in the top of the fourth. A’s right fielder, Stephen Piscotty, led off with a solo homer to make it a 5-1 game.
The A’s tied the game in the top of the seventh. Taylor Clarke was on the hill for Arizona. With one out A’s catcher, Aramis Garcia singled. Mitch Moreland, pinch-hitting for Deolis Guerra, also singled. Mark Canha drove in Garcia with a single to make it 5-2. The D-Backs brought in Kevin Ginkel to pitch to Jed Lowrie. Lowrie tied the game 5-5 with one swing of his bat. Lowrie hit an opposite-field home run to tie the game. The late Earl Weaver loved three-run dingers.
The A’s took the lead for the first time in the top of the eighth. Seth Brown hit a mammoth 422-foot blast to deep right-centerfield to propel Oakland to a 6-5. A’s reliever Sergio Romo set the D-Backs down in order in the bottom half of the inning.
The A’s added an insurance run in the ninth. Ramon Laureano singled to get the rally on its way. The D-Backs nearly picked him off at first. Had they challenged the call, Laureano probably would have been out. Laureano stole second to get into scoring position. A’s third baseman tripled to drive in the Laureano with the A’s seventh run.
Lou Trivino was called on to close out the ninth. With one out, Trivino walked Tim Locastro. The next hitter, Kole Calhoun, was at the plate. Calhoun could tie the game with just one swing of the bat. Trivino got Calhoun to ground into a 3-5-1 double play to end the game. The A’s win 7-
Game Notes- The A’s used seven pitchers Tuesday afternoon. Yusmeiro Petit was the winning pitcher. His record is 3-0. The loss went to Anthony Swarzak.
The A’s improved to 5-7 for the season. Their line was seven runs, eleven hits, and no errors. The D-Backs’ line was five runs, eight hits, and one error. The D-Backs are 4-8. The A’s bullpen was superb as they allowed two hits and no runs over the last six and 1/3rd inning of the game.
The A’s are off on Wednesday. They return home to Oakland to play a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers. Lefty Sean Manaea will pitch the first game of the series. The game will start at 7:05 pm.