It was only fitting that Josh Reddick, who has quickly become a fan-favorite, got the game-winning hit for the A’s.
Reddick’s double in the bottom of the 13th scored Jemile Weeks from first base as the A’s outlasted the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
“It shows we never give up,” Reddick said. “We’ve got a lot of young guys and we’ve got a lot of energy to last these long games. We’re not going to give up no matter what the score is. We felt like it was a good game for us to have and we had some opportunities. We battled until the end and it worked out.”
Weeks had singled to right off Oliver Perez before Reddick delivered the game-winner, also off Perez.
The win was the major-league-best eighth walk-off win for the A’s and the second of this series.
“It was big for us and we’ve been fighting all year,” Weeks said. “We’ve had some ups and downs, but for the most part, I think we’ve met expectations or exceeded them at the same time, and I think we’ll continue to do that.”
Reddick who was not chosen to go to the All-Star Game, leads the A’s with 20 home runs and 43 RBIs.
“It’s been great and I didn’t know what to expect coming in here,” Reddick said. “I knew we didn’t have as many fans as some teams, but they’ve taken a real liking to me, especially the right field guys who I seem to get along with really great.”
The A’s are at .500 as they head to the All-Star break, while the Mariners fell 15 games below the break-even mark.
The A’s got a fine outing from veteran Bartolo Colon, who was a strike throwing machine — 79 of his 93 pitches were strikes. He pitched 8 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, a run and no walks while striking out five.
“It was tough to take him out of the game emotionally because he pitched so well,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
The A’s have had their struggles against Felix Hernandez, who is 13-5 lifetime in his career vs. Oakland. Although he got a no-decision, Hernandez pitched 7 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and one run, while walking three and striking out six.
The A’s did have their opportunities but failed in the second, third and fifth innings going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
NOTE: It was Turn Back The Clock Day. The A’s wore replica 1955 uniforms of the Oakland Oaks, the minor league team of the Pacific Coast League. The Mariners wore Seattle Rainiers uniforms. The main color for the Rainiers was red, while the Oaks were predominantly navy blue. So neither team wore their usual colors.