A's score in 9th, beat Reds 5-4 to stop 9-game home skid
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Esteury Ruiz singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Sunday to end their nine-game home losing streak.
Jesús Aguilar and Brent Rooker homered for the A’s, who entered with the lowest winning percentage in the majors. The victory prevented Oakland (6-23) from having the worst 29-game start to a season since the 2003 Detroit Tigers opened 4-25.
The crowd of 18,271 was Oakland's largest since 26,805 on opening day.
Ruiz delivered the game-winner three pitches after appearing to get hit by a pitch. The Reds challenged and the call was overturned. Ruiz then drilled a full-count pitch from Alexis Díaz into left field.
Jace Peterson started the inning with a single off Derek Law (0-4). Kevin Smith sacrificed Peterson to second and reached safely when first baseman Matt Reynolds fumbled the ball. A wild pitch by Díaz advanced both runners.
The Reds had runners at second and third in the top of the ninth before Zach Jackson (2-1) retired Jonathan India and Tyler Stephenson on swinging strikeouts and then got Henry Ramos to ground out.
Oakland led 2-0 and 3-1 before Cincinnati scored three times in the sixth capped by Kevin Newman’s two-run single following a two-out error.
Nick Senzel had two hits for Cincinnati, including a home run.
A day after losing on a broken-bat single that bounced off first base and scored two runs, the A’s led 3-1 behind a pair of homers and were in line to get their first win by a starting pitcher this season before the Reds rallied.
Ramos and Senzel started the comeback with consecutive one-out singles off Ken Waldichuk. Ramos has a six-game hitting streak to begin his career, tied for the third-longest in franchise history.
Reynolds flied out before Domingo Acevedo replaced Waldichuk. Cincinnati pinch-hitter TJ Friedl hit a grounder that Acevedo fielded before throwing wildly past first base, allowing Ramos to score. After pinch-hitter Jake Fraley was intentionally walked to load the bases, Newman lofted a single to right to drive in two runs and give the Reds a 4-3 lead.
Reds starter Nick Lodolo had seven strikeouts in five innings during his first appearance against the A’s.
Oakland tied it on Rooker’s sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Waldichuk allowed three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He also gave up his major league-leading 10th home run of the season.
Reds: RHP Fernando Cruz was placed on the 15-day injured list with a right shoulder strain. The move is retroactive to April 29. … RHP Graham Ashcraft was reinstated from the paternity list.
Athletics: INF Aledmys Díaz underwent an MRI that revealed a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He’s been receiving treatment, and the club hopes he can avoid the IL.
Reds: RHP Luke Weaver pitches Monday against San Diego. Weaver was tagged for three home runs by Texas in his most recent start last Tuesday.
Athletics: After a day off Monday, RHP Mason Miller (0-1, 6.48 ERA) starts against Seattle in the opener of a three-game series. Miller, who began the season in the minors, is still seeking his first career victory.
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Michael Wagaman, The Associated Press