MLBCS podcast with Michael Duca: Braves one away from fall classic; Astros on the brink take 3-2 lead game 6 goes back to Houston

The balls were flying out of Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles on Wed Oct 20, 2021 in game 4 of the NLCS as the Atlanta Braves Eddie Rosario connected for one of four Braves home runs this one being hit the top of the second inning (AP News photo)

On the MLBCS podcast with Michael Duca:

#1 Miguel, what has gone wrong with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1-3) they lost the first two games of this NLCS on ninth inning walks off, they nearly lost game 3 the Atlanta Braves (3-1) had a 5-2 lead but the Dodgers got a eighth inning four run rally, in game 4 not so lucky the Braves win a laugher 9-2 with game 5 in LA tonight.

#2 Did the first two loses of this series kind of take the wind out of the Dodgers sails or were they pretty mentally exhausted from the NLDS with the San Francisco Giants going the whole five games.

#3 How much has been placed on Jose Urias he came in as a reliever in game 2 pitched the eighth in relief was shelled for three hits and two earned runs and started yesterday in game 4 went five innings, gave up five runs on eight hits in his start.

#4 Turning to the Houston Astros, the Astros took a three games to two lead on the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park with a convincing 9-1 lead. This was the Red Sox best chance to take the lead in the series at home but the Astros came out hitting and now home field on Friday night at Minute Maid Field and could win it to advance to the World Series in game 6.

#5 You had many a conversation with Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker and he’s done a whale of a job managing this club to get this far know him talk about his relationships with his players and the job he’s done this season.

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Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Yankees give Boone 3 more years; Nets will feel Irving’s absence; plus more

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone seen talking to the media before the AL Wild Card game on Mon Oct 4, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston has signed a three year deal with the Yankees for three years to remain as manager. (AP News photo)

On Headline Sports podcast with Jessica:

#1 New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone will return next season. Boone signed for a three contract and has an option for 2025. Yankees managing partner Hal Steinbrenner said that Boone has acumen and brings respect in the clubhouse.

#2 Boone and the Yankees finished in third in the AL East and lost to the Boston Red Sox in the Wild Card game that put Boone’s future with the Yankees in jeopardy. Steinbrenner felt that Boone had the respect of the players to return and make a run at the post season.

#3 Jessica turning to the NBA the Brooklyn Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks who battled in an opening night game in Milwaukee. The Bucks held the lead for pretty much of the game later to win it 127-104. It’s early to tell but without Kyrie Irving in for the Nets does his absence from the team for Covid-19 protocol issues have an impact on the team?

#4 Taking a look at the MLB post season. The Atlanta Braves have had such a hold on the Dodgers winning the first two games of the series by two walk off hits in the ninth in Atlanta. The Braves taking a significant lead on the Dodgers on Tuesday night 5-2 in Los Angeles. The Dodgers made a comeback 6-5 to win game 3 with a 2-1 Braves margin. The Braves now with a 3-1 series lead won a laugher in game 4 on Wednesday night need one more win to sweep the series.

#5 It’s been a series the Houston Astros have a 3-2 lead on the Boston Red Sox taking a 9-1 laugher in Boston in game 5. The Astros had their biggest inning in the top of the sixth scoring five runs and now returning to Houston on Friday night for game 6 and they are the brink of eliminating the Red Sox needing just one more win.

Jessica Kwong does Headline Sports every other Wednesday night at

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Dodgers on the brink of elimination; Can Raiders new coach put Gruden in review mirrior?; plus more

The Atlanta Braves Eddie Rosario is mobbed after swinging for the game winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning in game 2 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sun Oct 17, 2021 at Turist Field in Cobb County GA (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:

#1 Amaury, how hard, how unbelievable is it that the Los Angeles Dodgers (0-2) are down in the first two games of the NLCS to the Atlanta Braves (2-0). In both loses the Dodgers have lost by a run and on walks off hits.

#2 Talk about Kyle Schwarber of the Boston Red Sox parked one in the Fenway Park bleachers for a grand slam homer in the bottom of the second inning off Houston Astros starter Jose Urquidy. The Red Sox have been somewhat the surprise team in the post season they win game 12-3 and now are in front of the Astros 2-1.

#3 Turning to football, Las Vegas Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia got off to a good start with a convincing 34-24 win over the Denver Broncos last Sunday at Empower Stadium to improve the Raiders record to 4-2 it had to take off some of the pressure on the Raiders after the Jon Gruden debacle.

#4 Turning to Pac 12 football Washington State Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich was fired by the university for refusing to take a Covid-19 vaccination shot. Some of the Cougars assistant coaches also were let go as they too refused to get vaccinated. Washington State employees are required to take the Covid-19 shot failure resulted in their termination.

#5 In the NHL the San Jose Sharks got their first victory on opening night at SAP Center over the visiting Winnipeg Jets as the Sharks embark on this current five game road trip they will come back for to San Jose face Montreal on Thu 28 and Winnipeg on Sat 30th. Amaury I know you have the 30th circled a big day for the Sharks as they will broadcast their first Spanish televised game that night with play by play announcer Jesus Zarate and yourself with color analysis.

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That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Red Sox wait for Astros or White Sox; Braves on the brink; Giants coming off some miracle pitching need one more

Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (left) is Amaury’s pick for the 2021 Manager of the Year Award here he has a laugh with bench coach Tim Hyers (right) during game 3 of the ALDS against the Tampa Bay Rays Sat Oct 9, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary:

#1 The Boston Red Sox who have had their share of walk off wins now wait for their next opponent after getting a ninth inning walk off in their game four victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. The Red Sox will face either the Houston Astros or the Chicago White Sox.

#2 The Houston Astros who have a 2-1 ALDS series lead over the Chicago White Sox tonight at Guarantee Rate Field in Chicago need one more to advance to the ALCS and face the Boston Red Sox. But not before battling with Tony LaRussa’s White Sox. Chicago knows they have their backs to the wall against a very well prepared Dusty Baker’s Houston Astros.

#3 The Atlanta Braves have had just nothing short of great pitching in their last two games against the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLDS. The Braves got two back to back shutouts by scores of 3-0 to take a 2-1 lead in the series after the Brewers took game 1. The Brewers will be starting Eric Lauer a left hander against the Braves Charlie Morton in game five today at Trusit Park in Cobb County.

#4 The San Francisco Giants got their wins on shutouts against the Los Angeles Dodgers mighty line up. The Dodgers are without Max Muncy and Clayton Kershaw during this NLDS did that handicap them? The Dodgers got an offensive outburst in game 2 with a 9-2 win against Giants starter Kevin Gausman. The Giants got shutouts out of pitchers Logan Webb and Alex Webb in games 1 and 2 but really depend on starter Anthony DeScafani who matches up against the Dodgers Tony Gonsolin in game four tonight at Dodgers Stadium.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez does News and Commentary podcasts each Tuesday at

Headline Sports podcast with Jessica Kwong: Cole, Yankees hanging their heads after Wild Card loss; SF Giants avoided a huge concession stand strike for playoffs; plus much more

Losing pitcher of record Gerrit Cole delivers to the Boston Red Sox line up in the first inning during the ALWC game on Tue Oct 10, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston (AP News photo)

On Headlines with Jessica:

#1 Jessica, You had a chance to see last night’s Wild Card game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox just how shocked was this good hitting potent team the Yankees that they only could manufacture just two runs in the 6-2 one and done loss to the Sox in Boston on Tuesday night.

#2 Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole was pulled he coughed up a Kyle Schwaber home run in the third inning. Cole said that he’s sick to his stomach over his poor outing going two innings, four hits, three runs, two walks and three strike outs.

#3 The San Francisco Giants are in the NL Division Series playoffs and will be hosting the series at Oracle Park in San Francisco which starts on Friday. What made a national story was Oracle park concessionaires Bon Appetit were planning to walk out at the beginning of the playoff meaning this Friday. That was averted when both labor and Bon Appetit management came to an agreement giving concession employees a $3 retroactive raise which covers this and the last two years, a $1.50 in hazard pay that also covered the last two years and increases that will total $7 an hour by 2024. The concession staff currently makes over $20.00 an hour.

#4 The Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving is still unclear whether he will take the Covid 19 vaccine but the pressure is on with opening day for the regular season around the corner. If Irving does not get vaccinated he will not be allowed to play any of the Nets home games at Barclay Center in Brooklyn until he does gets that first shot.

#5 Jessica, the San Diego Padres fired manager Jayce Tingler after he served two seasons with the Padres. The Padres at one time were within striking distance to get the second spot in the Wild Card standings but ended up not being able to seal the deal. Strong possibility to replace Tingler is former San Francisco Giant manager Bruce Bochy who led the Giants three World Series championships.

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That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: The Ultimate Baseball Face-off – Dusty Baker vs Tony LaRussa

Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker (left) and Chicago White Sox manager Tony LaRussa meet at Minute Maid Field in Houston on Thu Oct 7, 2021 for game 1 of the ALDS (file photo NBC Sports)

The Ultimate Baseball Face-off – Dusty Baker vs Tony LaRussa

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

The American League Divisional Series is an attractive one. Two of the best hitting teams in all of baseball with very good pitching also. Manager Dusty Baker of the AL Western Division Champion Houston Astros, who will host Tony La Russa Manager of the Chicago White Sox Champion of the AL Central Division. Two excellent managers, who both return to the show after a few years of “unemployment”.

The two managers cut their teeth here in the Bay Area, Tony (The Hall of Famer) with the Athletics and Dusty (The Players Manager) with the Giants, they are two “old school” managers, not necessarily going by today’s super hyper stats of high-velocity pitches and hits, infield shifts, launch angle and all the other stuff which some media and fans overdose these days. Both not afraid of using the bunt, sacrifice, or as well as the hit and run or ‘run and hit’ and very much manage with their guts in-game situation.

Tony LaRussa is the active manager with the most wins ever 2,821, which places him second all-time behind the legendary owner and manager of the Philadelphia Athletics, Connie Mack who won a total of 3,731 baseball games.

Dusty Baker occupies No.12 in the all-time managers in wins with 1,987. Having covered both managers and traveled with them, there is a rivalry between both, the two oldest managers in baseball this season, Tony 77, Dusty 72.

They both speak conversational Spanish. In the 1980’s I recorded “El Show de Tony LaRussa” which was a three minute inside pregame show for radio. Tony would talk about the previous game with his take as a manager. With Dusty, many times I interviewed him including in the late 1990s when he was managing the Giants including 2002 when he won the National League Pennant and lost the World Series to the LA Angels.

This American League Divisional Series begins this Thursday, October 7 at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, who finished the season with 95-67 winning the West, while the Chicago White Sox ended with 93-69. This is the best-of-5 and Houston owns home-field advantage. Prediction: It will be a 5 game series. Houston is a much experienced postseason-proven team than Chicago. They didn’t clinch until the last week of the regular season.

Chicago White Sox won the Central Division (the weakest in baseball, second-place Cleveland Indians finished 13 games from Chicago). The Sox had their share of injuries, but they were never really challenged, they are a dynamic and mostly young ball club, which many critics believe (before the season) that LaRussa would be “too old” to win with this young group of players, but he proved those guys wrong and here is another Tony LaRussa team in the postseason.

Some great hitters for Houston in the series: José Altuve, Carlos Correa, Jordan Alvarez, Alex Bregman, Yuliesky Gurriel, who just won the league batting title with a .319 average, which today is the equivalent of hitting .340 decades ago, a breakthrough year for Kyle Tucker who was a First Round pick in the 2015 Draft, for the Astros and ended this season with his best numbers at 24 years of age, hit .294 with 30 home runs and 92 RBI. Their rotation is solid and a good bullpen to complete the game.

The Chicago White Sox can swing it with anybody. Tim Anderson, José Abreu, Yoán Moncada, Luis Robert, César Hernández, Eloy Jiménez, Yasmani Grandal, some of the names that can hit and hit for power. A very good pitching staff with Carlos Rodón, Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, Dylan Cease, and a very strong bullpen with Craig Kimbrel and Liam Hendricks to close the game.

I give the edge to Houston in 5 games, but if Chicago wins, they have the potential to run the table and go all the way and win the World Series.

About the Wild Card game: (Note) I never liked the Wild Card game, just one game to decide a season. The LA Dodgers won 106 games this year and finished second. The first team ever to finish with 106 wins and not win their division. The Dodgers play the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, Oct 6.

The winner advances, the other team goes home. Just image winning 106 games and getting eliminated in the first round of the postseason? Something is not right here. This is not the NFL. Solution? Wild Card should be the best of 3 games. Just reduce the season to 152 games instead of 162 to even the whole year schedule, so the World Series doesn’t end by Thanksgiving Day. Who really likes the ‘due or die games’? Fans and especially, television, who usually score very good ratings.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez call post season baseball on CBS Spanish radio and reported for Telemundo TV and does News and Commentary at

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: Dodgers are slight favorite over Cardinals; Red Sox are favorites over Yankees

St Louis starter Adam Wainwright tips his cap to the crowd while being interviewed after pitching in the clinching game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tue Sep 28, 2021 at Busch Stadium in St Louis. Wainwright will be the Cardinals starting pitcher against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLWC game at Dodgers Stadium Los Angeles Wed Oct 5, 2021 (AP News photo)

On That’s Amaury’s commentary:

#1 After the St Louis Cardinals won 17 of 18 before losing two in a row to end season does the Cards odds look the best amongst the Los Angeles Dodgers in the upcoming NL Wild Card game on Wednesday?

#2 The Dodgers in their own right finished off the season winning seven straight and during that time got some excellent pitching from pitcher Julio Urias who finished the season winning 20 games going 20-3 ERA 2.96.

#3 With someone of the likes of Urias and a potent Dodgers starting rotation in the regular season Urias puts the Dodgers in a pretty good position if they can get past the Cardinals and reach a Division Series.

#4 In the American League Wild Card series talk about tonight’s game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park for the Wild Card. Starting for the Yankees Gerrit Cole and for the Sox Nathan Eovaldi two right handers in a game that could advance the winner to the Division Series. Oddsmakers have the Red Sox as the ALWC winner.

#5 Going back to the Cardinals and Dodgers Wild Card starting pitcher for St Louis Adam Wainwright against Max Scherzer for Los Angeles a 5:10 pm first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The oddsmakers have the Dodgers as 1.5 run favorites.

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That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast: A’s need to get hot to catch Yanks and Sox in AL Wild Card; Giants Covid problems continue Wood positive, Cueto flu symptoms

Oakland A’s Mark Canha was dropped from the leadoff spot to the seventh position of the A’s line up after hitting for a .151 average after the New York Yankees series over last weekend (San Francisco Chronicle file photo)

On That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary podcast:

#1 Amaury, how much work do the Oakland A’s have in front of them after splitting the four game series with the New York Yankees over the weekend in their bid to sniff post season.

#2 The A’s are 5 1/2 games behind first place Houston Astros in the AL West and in the AL Wild Card they are 2 1/2 game back behind the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees with a month left in the regular season the A’s have a huge task in front of them if they plan to get back into post season hunt.

#3 A’s leftfielder Mark Canha has been moved from the leadoff spot to the seven hole of the line up because his numbers have dwindled Canha is hitting .151 and said that when he’s off and getting o-fers it’s not a fun place to be. Canha said he needs to relax a little bit easier mentally.

#4 On other baseball news the San Francisco Giants had to switch out pitchers Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto Monday night because it was revealed that Wood had come down positive with Covid 19 and Cueto has the flu symptoms. Giants Donavon Solano and hitting coach Justin Viele are still back in a New York hotel quarantined after testing positive for Coronavirus.

#5 Cueto was scheduled to pitch on Monday against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers and with Wood out for Tuesday. Giants pitcher Jose Alvarez started on Monday for the Giants a big task after the Giants lost last Sunday in Atlanta 9-0 and opening up for four home games against another first place team like the Brewers.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s lead Spanish play by play announcer on flagship station 1010 KIQI La Grande San Francisco and does News and Commentary at

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Ban a Fan for life?

After getting hit in the back by a baseball Boston Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo exchanges words with fans. Red Sox first base coach Tom Goodwin left talks things over with Verdugo during the sixth inning incident from Sat Jul 17, 2021 game at Yankee Stadium in New York (AP News photo)

Baseball: Ban a Fan for Life?

That’s Amaury News and Commentary

By Amaury Pi-González

This Saturday, at Yankee Stadium in New York, in the bottom of the sixth inning, a fan in the left field stands threw a baseball at Boston Red Sox left-fielder Alex Verdugo.

The ball hit the player, but he was not hurt. According to Verdugo he threw the ball to a young Red Sox fan (players do this regularly, the kid wants a ball…) but somebody, a Yankee fan, intercepted the ball and threw it back intentionally at Alex Verdugo. The fan was removed from the stadium, but not arrested. The game was called during that same inning due to heavy rain and the Yankees won 3 to 1.

The Yankees will not allow that fan to ever enter Yankee Stadium again in his lifetime, and that is the correct action by the team. But how can baseball enforced a ban for such a person for all parks in major league baseball? That is not easy to do. All parks have cameras installed in different places.

They would have to scan every face that comes into the gates and then compare it to a data computer, which will match that face with the person that was banned. Some parks might need more cameras to be installed, more money, and more security. Still many people in the past have found the way to sneak back into a park after they were thrown out.

This is done in gaming establishments, in Las Vegas and other places, for different reasons, well know cheaters who are regularly banned from these gambling places. But inside a stadium during an event where there might be 40,000 people or more?

More than likely this man attending the game at Yankee Stadium will be hiring an attorney, to protect his rights, as guilty as he looks to be (and they are plenty of people that were seated around him who witnessed his reckless act) still, everybody in this country has rights and you are ‘innocent until you are proven guilty’. The incident was caught on cameras televising the game, not to mention in probably many phone cameras that were held by fans in that area.

Overall, I agree a fan who intentionally tries to hurt a player during a game; by throwing an object (a ball in this case) should be removed banned from that park and other baseball parks, but a lifetime ban, that’s another story. That is not an easy task. Should MLB/teams fine the fan for thousands of dollars for an intentionally violent act? Let’s face it, what this man did was an unprovoked assault. Why wasn’t he arrested or a police report filed?

I am sure we will learn more about this particular incident. The passion between the biggest rivalry in baseball and one of the tops in all sports, Yankees vs. Red Sox, should still continue. The vast majority of fans behave at a park, but in the violent world we are living today, we cannot dismiss such action.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead Spanish play by play announcer for Oakland A’s flagship station 1010 KIQI LeGrande San Francisco and does News and Commentary at

A’s capitalize on Sox pitching in 12th to get by 7-6 at Coliseum

Oakland A’s Tony Kemp hits a sacrifice fly that tagged up and scored Seth Brown from third base for the A’s winning run against the Boston Red Sox at the Oakland Coliseum in the bottom of 12th inning (AP News photo)

Boston 6 – 9 – 0

Oakland 7 -15 – 2

By Lewis Rubman

Saturday July 3, 2021

OAKLAND–You would have thought that nothing could match Friday night´s gut wrenching defeat of the Athletics at the hands of the Red Sox for pure baseball agony. You’d have been wrong. Friday was a preliminary bout. Today’s 7-6 win by the comeback kids was the main. event, an 12th round knock out by fighters who would not give up

The contest didn’t start auspiciously for the local team this afternoon.

In the bottom of the second, Rafael Devers showed why he was elected as the A’s all-star third baseman, robbing Laureano of extra bases by throwing Oakland’s speedy center fielder out at first after making a sparkling backhand grab of Ramón’s liner down the line for the second out of the inning.

Things began looking up when Sean Murphy dumped a Texas League single into shallow ccenter field and Seth Brown unloaded a triple off of Boston’s starting pitcher, Garrett Richards. Brown’s blast, which banged against the right centerfield fence, gave Oakland an early one run lead.

The Sox erased that slender lead in the fourth. With one down, Tony Kemp, playing second, muffed Xander Bogaerts’ easy grounder, allowing him to reach base safely on the error. Devers followed that with a hard shot towards Kemp, which ate him up on its way to right and moved Bogaerts up to second.

A moment after Hunter Renfroe took the strike that evened the count on him to 1-1, Murphy sent a pick off throw towards first that ended up in right field. Bogaerts ended up crossing the plate, and Devers got to third.

Hunter Renfroe’s sacrifice fly to Laureano scored Devers, and the A’s early advantage had turned into a one run deficit. Neither tally was earned, which was good for the stats of A’s starter, Cole Irvin, but irrelevant to his task for the day, stopping the streaking invaders from the east.

The run Boston scored in the fifth was earned. With one out, Irvin walked Hernández. Verdugo hit a hard grounder to Kemp, who fumbled it but recovered in time to throw Verdugo out at first while the runner advanced to second. Not only wasn’t that an play an error, but Kemp probaby couldn’t have gotten the ball to Andrus in time to force Hernández. Be that as it may, DJ Martínez singled Hernández home to stretch Boston’s lead to 3-1.

Chapman broke an 0 for 13 dry spell with a lead off single to left in the sixth. Frank Schwindel, who had pinch hit for Mitch Moreand as DH before Moreland made his first plate appearance in the first, rapped a solid double to left that sent Chapman home with the A’s second tally.

It also sent Richards to the shower and brought Hirokazu Sawamura to the mound. When asked after the game why Moreland was pulled from the lineup when he was, all he would say was that it was a for a non-baseball related issue. The A’s skipper also said that he wouldn’t be playing tomorrow

Sawamura came through for the Bosox.He retired Laureano on a grounder to short, walked Murphy, got Brown out on a fly to left, and induced Jed Lowrie, pinch hitting from his weak side, to ground out to short. Josh Taylor succeeded him in the seventh and kept the A’s off the obare, even tough they managed to get runners on the corners with two down before Taylor struck Schwindel out to preserve the lead. He, in turn, gave way to gave way to Yacksel Ríos after finishing his inning of work

Richards ended his day’s work having thrown 92 pitches over five innings. 60 of those offerings were strikes. He allowed two runs, oth earned, on five hits, three walks, and a hit batter and lowered his ERA from 4.96 to 4.88.

Kike Hernández, who’s been having quite a series against the A’s, got that run back for the Red Sox with a two out homer to left that left his bat at 102mph and landed 400 feet away. The pitch had been an 85 mph change of pace. Hernández´s nickname, by the way, is pronounced KEY-kay.

Irvin exited the game after hurling seven full frames. He gave up four runs, only half of them earned. Boston got five hits off him, including Hernández´s home run, and he walked one batter. Of his 98 pitches, 69 were strikes. He brought his ERA down from 3.64 to 3.56. Yusmeiro Petit, who came out to replace Irvin in the eighth, shut Boston down with only a Texas League single by Bogaerts to sully his record.

The A’s got to Ríos in the eightth. Laureano popped out to first, but then Murphy sent a single eto center, and Brown hit the State Farm advertisement above the Kaiser Permanente-DeWalt ad in right center, between the 362 and 388 foot markers. It was an RBI double forBrown, as Murphy crossed the plate.

Boston skipper Alex Cora called on lefty Darwinson Hernández to face the switch hitting Lowrie, now batting from his strong side. He popped to second. In a lefty on leftty match up with Kent, Hernández threw his third ball against one strike. It got past Chrilstian Vázquez for a passed ball, and Brown, representing the potential tying run, was now 90 feet away from home. Hernández threw a second strike to Kemp and then walked him.

The potential leading run now was on the basepaths, and Andrus, who had gone 1 for 2, was at the plate. He came through with a line single to right center. The run was charged to Ríos. Matt Olson then launched a majestic fly to right center that Santana caught just short of the warning track, and the teams went into the ninth tied at four.

As he did last night, BoMel entrusted the delicate situation to Lou Trivino. But today it was the ninth, not the tenth, inning, and the A’s closer didn’t have to contend with a placed runner on second. The Sox tried to put a runner there when Marwin González, hitting for Bobby Dalbec, walked and tried to pilfer the bag. Murphy threw him out, 2-6.

Adam Ottovino, who had gone the save in Friday night’s game, The first batter he saw was Chapman, who singled, making him 3 for 5 on the day. Skye Bolt pinch hit for Schwindel and dropped a beatuiful sacrifice bunt towards first that Ottovino fielded and threw to González, now playing second base and covering on the play. Ottovino proceeded to strike out Laureano on a sinker that home plate umpire Dan Bellino generously called a strike, followed by Murphy’s ground out to third.

Sergio Romo, who had pitched a perfect ninth inning yesterday, was called on to face the top of Boston’s batting order with Santana the placed runner on second.

He fanned Hernández on a 78 mph slider. With Alex Verugo at the plate, Santana tried to steal third. Once more, Murphy cut down potential pilferer, throwing a perfect strike to Chapman at third. Romo went back to the business at hand and struck out Verdugo.

The first thing Brandon Workman did on taking the mound in the bottom of the tenth with Murphy as the placed runner on second was declare a walk to Seth Brown. The second thing he did was surrender a single to Jed Lowrie, which loaded the bases.

Kemp attempted to bunt the winning run home, but he popped out to Workman. Lightening struck twice. Last night, The A´s stopped a runner at third with no outs and then sent him home on an outfield out that resulted in an inning ending double play. They did it again today. This time it was a line drive caught by Martinéz, whose throw caught Murphy at home. Last night, though, it ended the game. Today, it sent the game into the eleventh inning.

Romo stayed on the mound. Verdugo was placed on second. Romo struck Martínez out looking. Bogaerts flew out to Brown in right. And Romo left the game to tumultous applause, replaced by Jake Diekman, who got Devers to fly out to Laureano.

Workman began the eleventh as he did the tenth, with a declared walk, this time to Olson. Chapman sent a fly to the right field warning track that allowed the placed runner, Andrus, to get to third. Witth runers on the corners and the infield playing in, Bolt grounded out to second, and Andrus had to stay on third. Laureano flew out to left, and it was on to the 12th, with JB Wendelken pitching for Oakland.

Devers was the placed runner when Wendelken got the first out, on a foul pop up to Chapman. Vázque managed a single to shallow center that advanced Devers to third and brought up González.

He broke the tie with a single to left that plated Devers and advanced Vázquez to second. Santana flew out to left, bringing up Hernández. He reached out over the plate for an opposite fieeld single to right that just cleared the glove of a leaping Lowrie and drove in Vázquez and sent González to second.

Oakland would have to score twice against the incoming Red Sox hurler, Matt Andriese, to stay alive. They had. a fast runner, Laureano, on second and a powerful but .218 hitter, Murphy, at the plate. Bogaerts couldn’t handle his ground to short, an infield single that put runners on first and second.

Brown followed with a more resounding single, a line drive to left that scored Laureano and sent Murphy to third. Lowrile now was at bat from his weak side. That didn’t keep him from slamming a double to the left center field wall that tied the game and gave Oakland runners on second and third with none out and Tony Kemp at the plate he hit the second pitch he saw for a sacrifice fly to center that scored Brown with the winning run.

Wendelken got the win and now is 1-0, 4.02. Andriese was charged with a blown save and the loss, His record now stands at 2-3, 5.70.

With the win, the Athletics are 49-36, two and a half games behind Houston in the AL West.

Before the game, the A’s announced that right handed rel ef pitcherJeremy Weems had been designated for assignment and that the contract of Sam Moll, a southpaw reliever, had been sold by the Diamondbacks to Oakland, who added him to their active roster.

Oakland will close out the series and their home stand Sunday. James Kaprielian (4-2, 3.06) is scheduled to pitch against Nick Pivetta (6-3, 4.43).