Oakland blasted their way to an early lead, however the bullpen could not hold on late as the A’s lost their first series of the past seven, keeping their magic number to clinch the AL west at six games.
A.J. Griffin retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced and surrendered just one hit over six innings, albeit his ML-leading 35th home run allowed of the season in the first inning to Mike Trout, but was denied his 15th win on the year as the A’s crumbled late in the game to a 5-4 11-inning loss.
“We’ve had some tough losses this year, and we’ve had dramatic wins. You just put this one away, come back tomorrow and expect to win again, and as a team we’ve been pretty good at that,” said Bob Melvin.
It was another shaky outing for the A’s All-Star closer Grant Balfour, who has struggled putting runners on base in the second half after looking super-human at the start of the season. Balfour blew just his third save of the year (38-41) allowing a game-tying two-run blast to Josh Hamilto...