A's win in 10th inning on walk-off home run
OAKLAND — Matt Olson homered with one out in the 10th inning off Josh Hader and the Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Tuesday night for their third straight win.
Blake Treinen (5-3) pitched a 1-2-3 10th with two strikeouts, including slugger Christian Yelich on a big swing for the third out.
Olson sent the first pitch from Hader (1-4) to deep center for his second career walk-off homer and No. 22 on the year.
Eric Thames hit a tying homer with one out in the ninth after Khris Davis put the A’s ahead in the bottom of the eighth with a drive to left.
Davis, baseball’s 2018 home run leader, connected with a drive to left on the first pitch from Freddy Peralta to snap a 29-game homerless streak since his last on June 18 against Baltimore. He had his first three-hit game since May 17 at Detroit.
Yasmani Grandal hit a tying single in the eighth for the Brewers before Thames snapped an 0-for-17 funk with the first home run off Liam Hendriks since April 16 against Houston.
Olson hit an RBI double in the third for the A’s, who blew their 22nd save opportunity.
Orlando Arcia had his first three-hit game since May 6 for Milwaukee.
Chris Bassitt gave up three hits, struck out six and walked one in six scoreless innings to win for the third time in four starts.
A’s starter Chris Bassitt retired Yelich on a called third strike with one out in the sixth and runners on first and second.
Yelich’s eighth-inning single gave him a 17-game hitting streak and put the tying run on third. Hendriks relieved Ryan Buchter and allowed Grandal’s single before surrendering Thames’ shot.
New Oakland left-hander Jake Diekman made his A’s debut in the seventh after being acquired from Kansas City on Saturday. He allowed just a walk.
Milwaukee, playing in Oakland for the first time since a two-game split June 21-22, 2016, is 68-111 all-time at the Coliseum.
Bob Melvin and Craig Counsell made time for a nice chat on the field before the Brewers took batting practice. Melvin managed Counsell for two seasons from 2005-06 with Arizona — that after Melvin had been bench coach with the D-backs during Counsell’s first stint in 2001-02.
Counsell had his moments when he disagreed with Melvin’s decisions, and let him know it. That didn’t always go over very well. Counsell still reaches out to Melvin for ideas and advice.
“I played for Bob for a couple years, they were some of my favorite years playing for a manager. I bounce things off him a lot, I call him frequently to ask his opinion on things ... it’s always an answer that gives me some guidance or confirms that I’m kind of in the right place,” Counsell said. “It’s helpful to have somebody like that.”
Counsell acknowledged “we would have some arguments about his decisions but I learned a lot from them,” even though they’d yell at each other from time to time.
Melvin seems to be over it.
“He’s one of the best managers in the game in my opinion,” Melvin said. “Prepared for everything and they do things creatively and he’s got a great rapport with his players.”