Matt Chapman can add a walk-off homer to his growing list of achievements.
Chapman’s blast leading off the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Oakland Athletics a 4-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum.
It was Chapman’s first career walk-off hit and he accomplished it against one of the best pitchers in Brad Hand.
Hand came in with 10 saves and a minuscule 1.08 ERA. Batters were slashing just .155/.234/.207 with 24 strikeouts, including 18 by right-handed batters.
But Hand mislocated a 3-2 slider on the inner part of the plate and Chapman crushed it over the left field wall. The ball traveled a projected distance of 427 feet.
Joakim Soria pitched two perfect innings to pick up his first win of the season. After a rough start, Soria has given up just one run in his last 12 innings. Hand suffered his second loss.
Oakland received another solid start from Frankie Montas. Montas allowed two runs on eight hits, walked one and struck out seven.
Montas threw 64 of 97 pitches for strikes. He generated 15 swinging strikes. The 26-year-old’s ERA stands at 2.78 after eight starts.
Cody Anderson made his second start for Cleveland and lasted just three innings. The 28-year-old allowed two runs on three hits, walked three and struck out three.
After being shut out by the other Ohio team on Thursday afternoon, Oakland scored a run off Anderson in the opening inning.
Marcus Semien led off with a double and advanced to third on a ground out by Jurickson Profar. After Chapman popped out, Anderson gifted Oakland a run on a wild pitch.
Montas couldn’t deliver a shutdown inning as the Indians scored two runs to take the lead.
Former Athletic Carlos Gonzalez opened with a double and scored on another double by Jake Bauers. Bauers scored on a double-play grounder by Kevin Plawecki a batter later.
Anderson couldn’t deliver a shutdown inning either as Oakland tied the game with a two-run rally. Robbie Grossman doubled and scored on a single by Josh Phegley. Phegley leads the AL with 22 RBIs.
The game stay tied until the bottom of the sixth when Ramon Laureano took Neil Ramirez deep for his fourth homer of the season.
Ramirez threw an 84.1 mph slider over the outer part of the plate and Laureano crushed it over the center field wall. The ball traveled a project distance of 408 feet.
Lou Trivino relieved Montas in the seventh, but could not deliver a shutdown inning as he often does.
Plawecki led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Leonys Martin and scored on a sacrifice fly by Francisco Lindor. Plawecki slid home just ahead of a perfect throw from Grossman in medium left.
Trivino gave up a single to Jason Kipnis and a walk to Jose Ramirez, but got Carlos Santana to fly out to keep the game tied.
Oakland couldn’t push a run across despite leadoff singles in both the eighth and the ninth.
Ryan Buchter, Blake Treinen and Soria followed Trivino and retired all 15 batters they faced on 52 pitches.
Treinen passed Hall-of-Famer Rollie Fingers to set a new Oakland A’s reliever record with 32 consecutive scoreless innings at home.
The Indians bullpen retired nine batters in a row before Chapman’s heroics off Hand.
WP: Joakim Soria (1-2, 4.66) LP: Brad Hand (2-2, 1.62)