BY RICK PORCARO
Ramón Laureano’s bloop single against the Indians A.J. Cole in the bottom of the ninth inning led the A’s to their second consecutive walk-off victory against Cleveland Saturday on a sun-splashed afternoon at the Coliseum by a score of 3-2.
Laureano’s heroics came after the Indians broke thru against A’s closer Blake Treinen to tie the game in the top of the ninth on a single by Leonys Martin. The run snapped a streak of 32 consecutive scoreless innings at the Coliseum by Treinen going back to last July, the longest in Oakland history by a relief pitcher.
Aaron Brooks pitched four solid innings for the A’s after entering the game in relief of opener Liam Hendricks in the second inning, allowing only a solo home run to Martin in the fifth. Brooks left with a 2-1 lead thanks to a Nick Hundley triple in the bottom of the fifth that saw an erroneous throw from the Tribe’s Jake Bauers allow him to come around and score.
Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer showed why he’s evolved into one of the best pitchers in the American League, holding the A’s to just two hits thru seven innings while striking out ten.
The teams return to action Sunday afternoon with Oakland going for a sweep of the three game series. The Mother’s Day match-up features the season debut of Daniel Mengden going up against the Indians Jefry Rodriguez (0-2, 2.41) with the first pitch scheduled for 1:07pm.
Liam Hendricks scoreless first inning was his fifth consecutive outing without allowing a run.
Saturday’s win was Oakland’s first of the season in a game they didn’t hit a home run. They’re now 1-14 when going without a homer.
The walk-off win was the A’s third in four days, giving them a 4-1 record on their current home stand that began with a no-hitter by Mike Fiers.