OAKLAND, California — Oakland’s Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Athletics a stunning 5-4 victory over Baltimore on Friday as Major League Baseball resumed after the All-Star break.
The majors-leading A’s picked off right where they left off before the break and maintained their 1-1/2 game divisional lead over the Los Angeles Angels, who prevailed in a 16-inning marathon against Seattle.
In the key National League meetings, Matt Holliday was the difference as St. Louis edged the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Milwaukee reclaimed a narrow overall lead in the NL by defeating Washington.
Baltimore got two-run homers from Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado in the fifth and seventh innings respectively to be on course for a win at Oakland before Donaldson snatched the win for the A’s with his three-run shot.
Donaldson’s drive over the wall in center field off Zach Britton (3-2) was his fifth career game-ending hit and third career game-ending homer.
Eric O’Flaherty (1-0) tossed one scoreless inning for the win, Oakland’s major league-leading 60th of the season (60-36).
Los Angeles’ Efren Navarro singled home a run with two outs in the 16th inning to give the Angels a hard-fought 3-2 win over Seattle.
Dominic Leone (2-2), the eighth Mariners pitcher, gave up a one-out double to Mike Trout in the 16th and intentionally walked Josh Hamilton with two outs. Herrera came in as a pinch-hitter and stroked the first pitch up the middle to score Trout and end the game.
After the 10th inning, the Angels announced they had acquired star closer Huston Street from San Diego in a multiplayer deal.
St. Louis’ Holliday homered, doubled and drove all his team’s three runs as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers 3-2.
Holliday’s homer, estimated at 435 feet to straightaway center, came off Dan Haren (8-7).
Cardinals’ starter Lance Lynn (11-6) won his third straight start, giving up two runs in six-plus innings.
Milwaukee’s Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis homered to help the Brewers win 4-2 at Washington.
Aramis Ramirez added a two-run single for the Brewers, who took back the overall NL lead while dropping Washington a game behind leader Atlanta in the NL West.
Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse (10-4) pitched seven strong innings, giving up 10 hits but only one run as the Nationals went 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.