The Oakland Athletics erased a three-run deficit twice to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-5 on Sunday afternoon at the O.Co Coliseum, as their bats woke up after a dismal performance on Saturday.
Jed Lowrie came up huge, with three RBI including a go-ahead home run in the fourth inning. It was Lowrie’s RBI single in the first inning that ignited the A’s offense and got things started.
Down 5-2 in the third, Brandon Moss drove in a couple runs with a double that hit high off the left field wall, with an error by Matt Carpenter allowing the back runner, Yoenis Cespedes, to score.
Then it was Lowrie in the fourth, blasting a two-run homer to right center field that gave the A’s their first lead of the game:
Josh Donaldson’s solo shot in the seventh gave the A’s some insurance, and they would hang on to win by two runs.
It was not exactly smooth sailing for A’s starter Tommy Milone, who allowed five runs in six innings. He gave up three home runs, two of them in the first inning that put the A’s in an early 3-0 hole.
However, the youngster gutted it out and got through six innings with a lead, and won his seventh game of the season.
While Milone struggled, the bullpen was solid. The normal trio of Sean Doolittle, Ryan Cook, and Grant Balfour combined to pitch a one-hit shutout in the final three innings to close out the Cardinals.
The defense was shaky for both sides as well. The Cardinals committed two errors, while Lowrie allowed a ground ball to squeak through his legs in the third inning that allowed St. Louis to score its fifth run.
But there were certainly some highlight-reel plays for the A’s on the field.
Coco Crisp made a sensational diving catch in the first inning, and Donaldson raced over to catch a foul ball in the fourth, tumbling over the tarp after making the grab.
We’ll leave you with those plays below, as the A’s take two games out of three from the Cardinals at home: