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- Oakland Athletics catcher Derek Norris (36) scores the winning run against the New York Yankees on a base hit by outfielder Coco Crisp (not pictured) in the twelfth inning at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics defeated the Yankees 5-4.
The A’s have won so many games in walk-off fashion they almost expect it of themselves when a game is tied in the late innings.
And once again the A’s saved their best for last on Sunday after falling behind 4-0 early in the game.
The hero of the game was Coco Crisp, whose game-winning single in the bottom of the 12th lifted Oakland to a 4-3 win, completing a four-game sweep of the New York Yankees.
“The confidence level carries over through the previous games into the next game when you’re in these types of situations because you’ve done it before, so you know it’s possible,” Crisp said. “Everybody’s up, everybody’s excited. Nobody got down. We always feel like we have a chance now.”
With the score tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 12th, Cody Eppley (0-2) came in to pitch for New York with one out. Catcher Derek Norris singled hard off the glove of Derek Jeter. Jemile Weeks sacrificed, advancing Norris to second base. And Crisp singled to right, just over leaping second baseman Robinson Cano for the 11th walk-off win for the A’s.
“I thought I made a pretty good pitch to him,” said Eppley, who also lost Friday’s game by giving up the game-winning hit to Brandon Moss in the ninth inning. “The ball went where I wanted it to go. He’s a good hitter, he went down and got it and just got just enough lift on it to get it over Cano’s head.”
The A’s went 5-1 on a six-game homestand against the Texas Rangers and Yankees, the teams with the two best records in baseball. Oakland improved to a Major League best 13-2 in July, and 11 of the 29 home wins came in the team’s final at-bat.
“It’s just terrific,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “To keep competing after so many games where you’re so drained and then compete as hard we’ve competed in this game after being down 4-0 is pretty special.”
With one out in the bottom of the ninth and the A’s trailing by a run, Seth Smith homered to deep center field off Yankees closer Rafael Soriano. Seth’s blast tied the game at 4-4 and forced extra innings.