Starling Marte produced the Oakland Athletics’ second consecutive walk-off win Friday night, bombing a three-run homer run in the 11th inning to end a 4-1 victory over the visiting Texas Rangers.
The win came on the heels of a 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, when Marte set the stage for Matt Olson’s game-winning double with a 10th-inning single.
This time, with Olson waiting on deck, Marte followed a Mark Canha hit-by-pitch with his shot to left field, also scoring automatic runner Tony Kemp from second base.
Canha’s plunking was his 20th of the season, tying the Athletics’ single-season record shared by Don Baylor and Jason Kendall.
The homer, Marte’s ninth of the season, came off the Rangers’ sixth pitcher, Jimmy Herget (0-1), and gave Oakland 10 walk-off wins this season.
A’s relievers Andrew Chafin and Yusmeiro Petit (8-1) both pitched 1-2-3 extra innings to prevent the Rangers’ automatic runners from scoring.
The walk-off loss was the Rangers’ sixth of the season. They fell to 8-7 in extra-innings games and took their fourth consecutive defeat overall.
Both starting pitchers performed well, but neither got a decision.
Rangers right-hander Mike Foltynewicz limited the A’s to one run on two hits in six innings, striking out three and walking two.
One of the two hits was a ground-rule double by Olson, leading off the fourth inning in a scoreless tie. Two walks later, he scored when Foltynewicz got Mitch Moreland to ground into a double play.
The Rangers responded immediately with their only run off A’s righty Chris Bassitt. Isaiah Kiner-Falefa drove in the tying run with a two-out single, scoring Curtis Terry, who had doubled one out earlier.
Bassitt was pulled after seven innings, having allowed five hits and one run. He struck out eight without issuing a walk.
Marte finished with two of Oakland’s four hits as the A’s improved to 6-3 in extra-inning affairs.
Kiner-Falefa had three of Texas’ six hits on a night when infielder Yonny Hernandez recorded his first major league hit with a third-inning single. The hit came in his second game and fourth plate appearance.
–Field Level Media