The A's were a strike away from earning the victory in nine innings, and they got that strike. Problem is, the swinging strike three from Blake Treinen got away from catcher Josh Phegley, extending the inning as Alen Hanson reached safely at first base. That would lead to Hunter Pence tying the game up with an RBI double to score Hanson and force extra innings.
This eventful contest took place in front of the largest baseball crowd in Oakland Coliseum history at 56,310. The win for the home team puts them at 22-7 in the past 29 games, as they now sit just three games out of the final Wild Card spot, behind the Seattle Mariners. They gained a game on their division rivals with the M's 5-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Treinen's wild pitch gave him a rare blown save on the same day that the Athletics acquired New York Mets closer Jeurys Familia in a trade. They tried to save it by calling for interference due to Stephen Piscotty running in to a chair in the Giants' bullpen, but they would lose that challenge. The A's would then go on to load the bases in the bottom half of the inning, but Marcus Semien grounded in to an inning-ending double play.
Matt Chapman and Chad Pinder both singled to begin the 11th, setting up Lucroy for the game-winner. Despite needing two extra innings, the Athletics improve to 39-0 when leading after seven innings, remaining as the only undefeated team in that scenario. The Giants and A's will play the series finale on Sunday, as the Giants will look to split the six-game season series.