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Oakland A’s rally in 9th inning for 3-2 win with help of Detroit Tigers’ error

Athletics Mark Canha, right, is caught in a rundown before being tagged out by Detroit Tigers shortstop Willi Castro, left, during the first inning in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday. (AP photo)

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. — Matt Olson scored from second base on a fielding error by Detroit third baseman Jeimer Candelario with two outs in the ninth inning, rallying the Oakland Athletics past the Tigers 3-2 on Sunday for their eighth straight win.

Sean Murphy hit a tying home run in the eighth as the A’s swept the four-game series.

“We feel pretty good about the way we’re playing right now,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “We weren’t getting a ton of good swings, but as long as we’re close we feel like we find a way to win the game.”

Olson hit a one-out double off Gregory Soto (1-0) when Tigers center fielder Victor Reyes lost a high fly ball in the sun. After Matt Chapman struck out looking, Murphy walked before pinch-hitter Mitch Moreland hit a sharp grounder that rolled under Candelario’s glove into left field.

“Everything that kind of could go wrong did go wrong in this four-game series,” Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. “We didn’t hit and then ultimately we just couldn’t finish them all off. I thought today was a breakthrough day for us early and then ultimately they did more than we did to win.”

Ramon Laureano had an RBI triple for the A’s.

The A’s are 9-1 since starting the season 0-6.

“Everybody’s kind of rolling right now,” said Moreland, who had a walkoff single to beat the Dodgers on April 7. “We feel good as a group. Seems we’re playing good baseball on all sides of it.”

Harold Castro had three hits for the Tigers, including a two-run single in the sixth that snapped Detroit’s 23-inning scoreless streak.

The Tigers have lost four straight after sweeping three from the Astros in Houston.

“Just how it happens,” starting pitcher Matthew Boyd said. “I wouldn’t say it’s any sort of luck or anything like that. I had an opportunity to close out the eighth inning and gave up a run.”

Lou Trivino (1-0) retired three batters for the win.

STRONG STARTS

Both starters pitched effectively but left with no-decisions.

Detroit’s Boyd gave up four hits and two runs in 7 1/3 innings. Murphy’s home run was the first off Boyd this season after the lefty allowed an AL-leading 15 in the shortened 2020 season.

A’s starter Chris Bassitt struck out a season-high eight in six innings and allowed five hits and two runs.