OAKLAND — Apparently the A’s have done away with conventional winning.
They poured out of the home dugout once again to celebrate a 3-2 11-inning victory Monday over the Angels at the Coliseum, their third walk-off win in a row. It’s the first time the A’s have accomplished that feat in nearly 13 years.
Jed Lowrie homered with two outs in the bottom of the 11th off Deolis Guerra, his second home run of the game, and the A’s won for the fourth time in the past five. They caught Seattle for a share of third place in the American League West at 15-17.
After pulling out comeback victories in the bottom of the ninth each of the previous two days against Detroit, the A’s couldn’t end things in regulation Monday, though Ryon Healy flied out to the warning track to end the ninth.
Lowrie’s first homer came in the fourth to pull the A’s to within 2-1.
The last time the A’s posted three consecutive walk-off wins was June 1-3 2004, the first two against the White Sox are the third against the Blue Jays. All of those wins came in extra innings.
Starting pitching report: After Kendall Graveman allowed six runs in his previous start at Minneosta, this one had the makings of another rough night for the A’s right-hander. He gave up a two-run homer to Luis Valbuena in the first. Then he began the second by allowing Ben Revere’s double and a four-pitch walk to Cliff Pennington. But he escaped that inning unscored upon with help from a 4-6-3 double play, and the Angels would get no more off the right-hander. Graveman completed seven innings, scattering seven hits with six strikeouts and one walk over 95 pitches.
Bullpen report: Ryan Madson, Santiago Casilla and Liam Hendriks combined for four scoreless innings of relief to set the stage for another night of heroics.
At the plate: Lowrie led off the bottom of the fourth with a homer to right off Ricky Nolasco. An inning later, Trevor Plouffe hit an 0-1 pitch into the camera well beyond the center field wall for another solo shot that tied it. Plouffe came in hitting just .204, and on Sunday he’d snapped an 11-game streak without an RBI. Other than that, Nolasco was excellent for the Angels, giving up just the two runs over seven innings and striking out 10 without a walk.
In the field: Adam Rosales committed the game’s only error in the top of the 11th when he booted a grounder to put two runners aboard. But he made amends with a diving stop on the next batter to get a force out and the A’s escaped the inning unscored upon.
Attendance: The announced turnout was 10,292.
Up next: An odd stat to consider: Jharel Cotton (3-3, 4.64) is with 5-0 with a 1.67 ERA in five career starts during the day, but 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in six starts at night. He’ll try for that first nighttime victory in Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. game. Alex Meyer (0-1, 9.39) takes the hill for the Angels.