Athletics win 5th straight after Coco Crisp’s walk-off single

Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp singled in Alberto Crisp with one out in the 10th inning and the Athletics beat the Red Sox 2-1 on Saturday to extend their winning streak to five games.

“I was taking the approach they were going to come right after me,” said Crisp. “I didn’t want to wait around for the splitter so I was hoping that he would come in to what I was looking for, and he did. Another lucky guess.”

Crisp also drove in the game-winning run during Friday’s 4-3 win.  He now has seven game-winning hits in his career.

The Athletics needed Crisp to come through after a disappointing eighth inning.

Reliever Luke Gregerson got Mike Napoli to swing at a 2-2 pitch, but home-plate umpire Quinn Wolcott ruled that Napoli fouled the ball into the ground.  TV replays showed the ball landing in catcher Stephen Vogt‘s glove for a would-be inning-ending strike three.

“Quinn heard sound and thought there was a foul ball,” crew chief Gerry Davis told a pool reporter postgame. “This type of play happens quite often, actually. It’s a difficult call for us. And in order to change it, we have to [be] positive.”

The Red Sox tied the game on the next pitch when Dustin Pedroia scored from third after Gregerson’s pitch hit the front of home plate and ricocheted off the chest protector of Vogt.

“My feeling is that if there’s a play that needs to be reviewed, you should review it. You just can’t on that one,” manager Bob Melvin said. “What I was told the call was was a foul ball that hit the dirt. And no one saw anything conclusive to overturn it. But after looking it, it was caught.”

Oakland is currently 6.5 up on the Angels in the AL West.  The last time they were up in their division by 6-plus games through June 21 was in 1988.


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