A's Rookie Ramon Laureano Walks Off Tigers in MLB Debut


OAKLAND - How about that for a debut? With two on and two out in the bottom of the 13th inning, Ramon Laureano plated the game's only run with a walk-off RBI single to right-center, and the A's outlasted the Tigers 1-0 Friday night at the Coliseum. With the win, Oakland improved to 65-46 and moved to 1.5 games ahead of Seattle for the second AL wild card spot.

Laureano finished the night 1-for-5 at the plate, and also showed off his glove, making a pair of nice catches in center field. In the first inning, Laureano robbed Nick Castellanos of extra bases, making a running catch against the wall. In the second, he showed he can come in too, making a sliding catch to end the inning.

He also displayed his rocket arm in the 13th inning, throwing out Iglesias at third. Laureano led all of Triple-A with 13 outfield assists.

Brett Anderson and Blaine Hardy carried dueling no-hitters into the sixth inning, but the game went deep into the bullpens. Anderson tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk, while striking out two. Hardy matched him with seven scoreless innings of his own, surrendering one hit and two walks, with six strikeouts. Here's what else you need to know...

--- Anderson was brilliant all night, becoming the first A's starter to get through seven innings since Sean Manaea on July 4, breaking a streak of 23 straight games. Remarkably, Oakland went 16-7 during that stretch, thanks in large part to its stellar bullpen.

--- Detroit's Jose Iglesias recorded the first hit of the game in the top of the sixth, when he ripped a one-out double to left. Jed Lowrie picked up the A's first hit with an infield single to lead off the bottom of the seventh. He added another infield single in the ninth.

--- Stephen Piscotty may have made the play of the night. With a runner on second and two outs in the 10th inning, Jose Iglesias ripped a sinking liner to right. Piscotty charged in and made a diving catch to end the inning and keep the game scoreless.

--- Matt Olson certainly made Hardy work. His first two plate appearances combined for 21 pitches and resulted in walks. Olson battled for 13 pitches in the bottom of the second and eight pitches in the fifth. He also led off the bottom of the 10th with a double.

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