OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty homered leading off the bottom of the 13th inning, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 5-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Wednesday night.
One day after Mike Fiers pitched the 13th no-hitter in franchise history, the A’s got a big lift out of their bullpen and then won it on Piscotty’s winner off Robert Stephenson (2-1). The home run, which was smashed over the out-of-town scoreboard in left field, was reviewed and upheld. It was Oakland’s second walkoff hit this season.
Piscotty also had an RBI single, Jurickson Profar homered for the second consecutive day and Ramon Laureano added three hits for the A’s.
Liam Hendriks (1-0), the seventh pitcher used by Oakland manager Bob Melvin, retired three batters to win.
Stephenson, the Reds’ sixth reliever of the night, took the loss after three scoreless innings from Jared Hughes.
Nick Senzel and Jose Peraza had two hits apiece for the Reds.
Cincinnati was limited to three baserunners by Fiers during the no-hitter, but had three consecutive hits and scored four runs in the second after drawing back-to-back walks off A’s starter Brett Anderson leading off the inning.
After the A’s scored twice in the fifth to tie it, both teams leaned heavily on their bullpens.