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A’s beat Tigers on Rosales’ 2-out hit in 9th

On a night Yonder Alonso flexed his new-found power, it was a little groundball single to left by Adam Rosales that gave Oakland a stunning, last-second win over Detroit. The A’s trailed all night, but down one run in the ninth and down to their last strike, Bruce Maxwell drew a two-out walk from Francisco Rodriguez after being down 0-2 in the count. Matt Joyce then doubled to right and Rosales sent both runners home to give Oakland a 6-5 victory, the first walk-off win of the season for the A’s. “I was actually watching Joyce’s at-bat and I saw him swing through an off-speed pitch, and I’m like, ‘If I swing through an off-speed, so what? I know he’s going to give me a fastball sometime,’” Rosales said. Signed to a two-year deal in the offseason, he’s batting .188, so Saturday’s double was one of his biggest for the A’s, and his slide into home to win the game was a beauty: headfirst and to the outside, avoiding the tag by Alex Avila. The win went to reliever Frankie Montas, who had allowed 12 runs in his previous eight appearances but who worked a scoreless top of the ninth. Alonso, in his sixth big-league season, recorded his first career two-homer game, and his eight homers in 30 games top his total for all of last year. Making his seventh start of the season at third base, Healy misplayed two balls in the second inning — the second while in the shortstop position on a shift — leading to an unearned run. [...] he led off the bottom of the inning, and he crushed a homer to left off Jordan Zimmermann.

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