A’s nightmare road trip ends with thud in 13th inning

Walkoff home run from Starling Marte ruins Athletics' pitching performance

TORONTO, ON – APRIL 28: Chad Pinder #18 of the Oakland Athletics reacts after striking out with the bases loaded in the first inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on April 28, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, Pa. — The A’s can’t get home soon enough.

After it looked like they would win in 13 innings Sunday at PNC Park, the home team clawed back, and Pirates center fielder Starling Marte’s walkoff home run handed the A’s a 5-3 loss.

Fernando Rodney served it up, spoiling what looked to be a terrific pitching performance by the A’s.

As a result, the A’s wrapped up this road trip with just one win in nine games.

After the A’s jumped ahead, 3-1, in the top half of the 13th, Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier drove in one run with a single, and Marte homered into visitor’s bullpen.

Kendrys Morales and Stephen Piscotty drove in runs for the A’s in the top of the 13th.

Pinch-hitter Robbie Grossman helped the A’s tie the game at 1 with his single in the seventh inning.

Nick Hundley started things with a sharp line drive to left field with two outs, and Grossman went the other way with a 2-2 curveball, improving to 3 for 4 this season when coming off the bench.

The Pirates grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning behind a familiar face for the Athletics — first baseman Josh Bell, who homered twice during Pittsburgh’s 6-4 victory on Saturday.

Bell led off with a double and went to third on a groundout by Pirates left fielder Melky Cabrera. Third baseman Colin Moran’s sacrifice fly scored Bell.

A’s slugger Khris Davis left the game with a bruised hip in the second inning after slamming into the left field wall while pursuing a foul ball. Normally Davis is Oakland’s designated hitter, but he played in the outfield for the series in Pittsburgh’s National League ballpark.

After an off day Monday, the Reds visit the Coliseum Tuesday for the start of a three-game series.

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