OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seth Brown scored on a fielding error by Atlanta third baseman Austin Riley in the ninth inning, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Braves 2-1 on Tuesday night, recording consecutive victories for the second time this season.
Braves reliever Raisel Iglesias (1-2) walked three of the first four Oakland batters in the ninth. Jonah Bride hit a sharp grounder that Riley bobbled. Bride easily beat Riley’s throw to first as Brown scored, giving the A’s their fifth walkoff win of the season and first back-to-back victories since May 5-6 in Kansas City.
Oakland moved to 12-45 with the win in front of 5,116, the 21st time in 30 home games that the attendance has been under 10,000.
Kevin Pillar hit his sixth homer of the season for the NL East-leading Braves.
One day after ending an 11-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Braves, Oakland struggled to get much going against Atlanta starter Bryce Elder.
Elder held the A’s without a hit until the fourth, when Ramón Laureano rolled a two-out single into right field.
In the fifth, Oakland strung together three straight singles with one out, tying the game. Shea Langeliers got it going with the A’s second hit of the game and scored on Esteury Ruiz’s single to left.
Elder had five strikeouts and worked around three walks in 7 1/3 innings while lowering his majors-leading ERA to 1.92, among qualifiers.
Pillar, who has homered in his last three starts, led off the third by drilling a 2-1 fastball 344 feet, hitting the cement facade above the padded wall in left and bouncing back onto the field. The veteran outfielder later doubled to nearly the same spot in the fifth. The ball hit on the warning track, bounced up and ricocheted off the wall.
Shintaro Fujinami (2-5) retired the only batter he faced on a foul pop-up to the catcher and earned the win.
A’s starter JP Sears, whose seven no-decisions going into the game were tied for most in the majors, added to that with a solid outing. He allowed one run and four hits in six innings , yet remained winless since Sept. 20, 2022.
The game started with only three umpires, as third base ump Mark Ripperger was late getting out to the field. Ripperger missed only one batter and trotted out to his position after Ronald Acuña Jr. was picked off first base and caught in a rundown.
Braves: Selected the contract of RHP AJ Smith-Shawer from Triple-A Gwinnett. … LHP Lucas Luetge was designated for assignment.
The Athletics have been shut out three times in the last six starts by RHP James Kaprielian (0-5, 8.45), who pitches the series finale Wednesday afternoon. Kaprielian hasn’t won since Oct. 2, 2022, when he beat Seattle in his final start of the season. Atlanta counters with rookie LHP Jared Shuster (1-2, 5.33), who is trying to win back-to-back decisions for the first time.
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