Matt Olson continued his historic home run barrage Tuesday, and that only turned out to be part of the story on a wild night for the A’s.
They gave up a three-run lead, then trailed by four before Jed Lowrie hit an eighth-inning grand slam that lifted them to a 9-8 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Olson crushed a curve from Chad Bell deep into the seats in right in the second, the fifth game in a row that he’s homered. That set an Oakland rookie record for most consecutive games going deep. Olson’s 23 homers are a franchise record for a player’s first 66 career games. He’s the first rookie in major league history to hit 15 homers over a 21-game span, and the first player in Oakland history ever to do so, regardless of experience.
Since he was recalled from the minors Aug. 11, Olson leads the majors with 19 homers. He remains the A’s headline story, but his team continued an impressive late-season roll. The A’s have won 10 of their past 13, and they’ve won back-to-back road series for the first time all season.