OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Ryon Healy hit a game-ending home run in the ninth inning two batters after Jake Smolinski tied it with a two-run homer, and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 on Saturday night.
Both home runs came off Rays closer Alex Colome, who had recorded 21 consecutive saves before giving up three runs to the A’s.
Khris Davis opened the ninth with a walk before pinch-hitter Yonder Alonso struck out swinging. Smolinski hit the first pitch he saw over the fence in left field to tie the game 3-3.
Colome (1-3) got Marcus Semien to fly out before Healy hammered a 3-2 pitch to left-center for the winner. It’s Healy’s second home run since being called up from the minors July 15 and the first walkoff hit of his career.
Kendall Graveman (7-6) pitched a complete game for his sixth consecutive win. The right-hander allowed three runs with four strikeouts and one walk, throwing 102 pitches.
Tampa Bay had taken a 3-1 lead off Graveman on Logan Forsyth’s two-out, two-strike RBI single in the seventh.
The night was a rough one all around for the Rays.
Right fielder Oswaldo Arcia had two hits and an RBI before leaving with a mild strain in his right elbow after striking out swinging in the seventh.
Colome’s meltdown in the ninth prevented starter Drew Smyly from ending a skid of seven straight losses, the worst of his career.
Smyly allowed one run over six innings and left with a one-run lead before manager Kevin Cash turned the game over to the bullpen.
The A’s couldn’t get much going offensively most of the night after slugger Josh Reddick was scratched from the lineup before the game.
Oakland scored its first run in the first inning on Khris Davis’ RBI single.