Matt Olson scored from third base when right fielder Jordan Luplow slipped trying to field Ramon Laureano’s short fly in the ninth inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics over the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in a wacky, sloppy game Saturday.
Olson walked leading off against A.J. Cole (0-1), and Kendrys Morales followed with a single before both runners were sacrificed over. Laureano lofted an 0-1 pitch over the head of second baseman Jason Kipnis, who was running toward right field. Luplow appeared in position to make the catch but slipped on the grass and fell as the ball dropped in for a single, allowing Olson to score easily.
Luplow pounded his hands into the grass while Olson threw up his arms as the A’s — sporting their Kelly green jerseys — bolted out of the dugout to celebrate a second straight walkoff win. Matt Chapman homered in the 12th inning to sink Cleveland on Friday.
Blake Treinen (2-2) won despite blowing his second save of the season after allowing Leonys Martin’s two-out game-tying single in the top of the ninth.
Cleveland’s defense, or lack thereof, made the difference.
Both of Oakland’s first two runs were unearned.
Nick Hundley hit a Little League home run in the fifth inning, tripling and scoring on a throwing error by left fielder Jake Bauers. Hundley connected on a 1-1 pitch from Trevor Bauer and never stopped running as the ball ricocheted off the wall in left. Hundley slid into third, but Bauers’ two-hop throw was wide and skipped past third baseman José Ramirez.
The A’s scored their first run following a throwing error by Ramirez in the first.
The two unearned runs were the only blot on an otherwise strong outing from Bauer. The Indians right-hander allowed two hits, walked three and struck out 10 in seven innings. It’s the 13th time Bauer has reached double-digits in strikeouts since the start of last season.
Martin homered for Cleveland. Jason Kipnis, Luplow and Mike Freeman had two hits apiece. Ramirez walked twice, extending his on-base streak to 20 games.
Oakland won without hitting a home run for the first time in 15 games this season. The way the Indians played defense, the A’s didn’t need to.
Martin homered with two outs in the fifth after striking out in his first at-bat. Martin has struck out at least once in 20 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the majors.
The Indians optioned RHP Cody Anderson to the minors. Anderson pitched three innings Friday night in his second start since Tommy John surgery in 2017.
Indians: Tyler Naquin was scratched with a sore left calf. Jordan Luplow replaced Naquin and played right field.
Athletics: LHP Sean Manaea threw a 25-pitch bulllpen, his second in five days after undergoing shoulder surgery last season. . Manager Bob Melvin expects injured DH Khris Davis back in the lineup Sunday. Davis has missed three consecutive games because of a left hip contusion.
The A’s will call up RHP Daniel Mengden from Triple-A Las Vegas to start Sunday’s series finale. Mengden was 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA in seven starts in the minors this season. RHP Jefry Rodriguez (1-2, 2.41) stars for the Indians. Rodriguez allowed two runs in six innings but lost against the Chicago White Sox in his previous outing.
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