BY DANIEL GLUSKOTER
Mark Canha’s 11th inning double drove home Jurickson Profar with the only run of the game, breaking up a pitchers duel and giving the A’s a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum.
Canha laced a 1-2 sinker from Royals reliever Jessie Hahn into right field to score Profar, who had walked to open the inning before stealing second base. It was the A’s 10th walk-off win of the season.
The win, Oakland’s eighth in nine games and 13th in their last 16, was the A’s 92nd of the year and put them a season high 31 games over .500. It also helped them extend their lead in the battle for the top Wild Card seed in the AL to 2.5 games over the Rays and Indians pending their games tonight.
A’s starting pitcher Homer Bailey set the tone, shutting down the Royals on just three hits in seven innings while striking out a season high 11 against his former team. Kansas City starter Danny Duffy was just as good, only allowing two hits over seven innings while striking out seven. Yusmeiro Petit, Jake Diekman and J.B. Wendelken pitched an additional four scoreless frames while striking out eight, giving Oakland pitchers 19 strikeouts for the game.
After an off day Thursday, the A’s return to action at the Coliseum Friday for a three game series against Texas to conclude their regular season schedule at home. Mike Fiers (14-4, 4.09) is scheduled to face the Rangers Mike Minor (13-9, 3.33) in the opener.
Following the game, Oakland announced that Blake Treinen will be shut down for the remainder of the regular season due to a stress reaction in his back.
The A’s finished the season 25-8 against AL Central opponents. It’s the second year in a row they’ve beaten up against the division, after going 26-8 last year. They also finished with a run differential of +89 in the 33 games in 2019.
After his performance Tuesday night, Liam Hendricks now has 116 strikeouts as a reliever this season, passing Rollie Fingers (115 in 1975) for most strikeouts by an A’s reliever in a single season.
A’s starting pitchers are 13-1 over the last 28 games dating back to August 20th.
Wednesday’s win was Oakland’s 50th of the year at home, tying their 2018 total with three games remaining. It’s the third best home record in the American League.