Olson's Blast Lifts A's Over Brewers in 10 Innings - NBC Bay Area

Olson's Blast Lifts A's Over Brewers in 10 Innings

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    Olson's Blast Lifts A's Over Brewers in 10 Innings
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    Jurickson Profar #23 of the Oakland Athletics runs the bases scoring from first base on an RBI double from Matt Olson #28 against the Milwaukee Brewers in the bottom of the third inning at Ring Central Coliseum on July 30, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

    The A's walked off the Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th inning Tuesday, and slugger Matt Olson walked out of the batter's box after crushing a mammoth 403-foot home run to seal Oakland's 3-2 win.

    Olson stepped to the plate with Brewers All-Star reliever Josh Hader on the mound. Hader had only allowed nine home runs all season -- and none since June 1 -- before Tuesday, and he needed two more outs to send the game to the 11th inning.

    But Olson had other ideas, blasting the first pitch he saw -- a 96 MPH fastball -- into deep center field for his 22nd dinger of the season.

    The A's took a half-game lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL's second wild-card spot thanks to Tuesday's win. It was also their third straight victory, and Oakland improved to 3-2 on its nine-game homestand.

    The Brewers tied the game on a solo homer from Eric Thames in the top of the ninth, just half an inning after slumping slugger Khris Davis gave the A's a 2-1 lead with his first home run since June 18.

    Davis had not hit in a home run in his previous 29 games, and that total was good for nearly one-third of his entire 2019 campaign entering Tuesday. By contrast, Olson went five games between his 21st and 22nd home runs of the season.

    Olson is slashing .281/.354/.528 in July, and Davis finished Tuesday with his first three-hit game since May 17. A's manager Bob Melvin theorized that Davis needed just one home run to open the floodgates, and Davis heating up alongside an on-fire Olson would be good news for Oakland in its playoff push.

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