OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Skye Bolt hit a sacrificial first fly — odd as it sounds — in the 10th inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 on Wednesday to avoid a three-game sweep.
With David MacKinnon at second base as an automatic runner and the score tied at 2, Marlins left-hander Richard Bleier (2-2) threw a wild pitch. That moved MacKinnon to third, and Bolt followed with a flyball winner.
AJ Puk (3-1) picked up the win.
Until the 10th, the afternoon belonged to left-handers Jesus Luzardo of Miami and Cole Irvin of Oakland.
Irvin struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings, allowing three scoreless hits on walks. He had lost four consecutive decisions in August.
Considered the next ace in the A’s rotation until they traded him to Miami for outfielder Starling Marte at the 2021 trade deadline, Luzardo held Oakland without a hit until Jonah Bride hit cleanly to left field to open the sixth inning.
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After Tony Kemp’s sacrificial bunt, Nick Allen singled and Sean Murphy walked a two-out that loaded the bases, setting up Chad Pinder’s two-run single.
Luzardo also allowed just three hits in seven innings.
The A’s entered the game knowing that Luzardo would post some confusing stuff.
“It’s always been him,” Oakland manager Mark Kotsay said. “Jesus has incredible talent. It’s not something we’re surprised to see.
Luzardo admitted feeling more motivated than usual to face his former team, but insisted he calm down quickly.
“I was definitely trying to control my emotions before the start, just against a lot of guys I know, a lot of ex-teammates,” he said. “I felt like once the first pitch was over, it was back to normal.”
Luzardo admitted to being aware that he had the first qualities of a non-hitter. “I would be lying if I told you I didn’t,” he said.
Miguel Rojas hit an RBI single in the eighth for Miami against Zach Jackson, who started the inning by hitting Joey Wendle with a pitch.
Nick Fortes hit a game-tying home run in the Marlins’ ninth against Dany Jimenez. It was Fortes’ seventh home run of the season.
Don Mattingly had his 1,801st game in the majors, including 992 with the Marlins. He will join the ranks of skippers who have managed at least 1,000 games for their current clubs, alongside Tony La Russa of the White Sox, Terry Francona of the Guardians, Craig Counsell of the Brewers and Kevin Cash of the Rays.
A: CF Ramon Laureano (left oblique) has taken his rehabilitation program back slightly after an injury, due to what Kotsay called “general body pain.” Laureano is expected to return to his regular schedule on Thursday.
Marlins: Haven’t named a starter for Friday night’s series opener at home against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are expected to start LHP Tyler Anderson (13-2).
Athletics: Host the New York Yankees for a four-game series starting Thursday night. Oakland will pitch RHP James Kaprielian (3-7); the Yankees had yet to name a likely starter.
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