A's Rally from Five Runs Down to Win Third Straight Series

A’s Rally from Five Runs Down to Win Third Straight Series

The Oakland Athletics staged a remarkable comeback on Sunday, rallying from a 6-1 deficit to defeat the Washington Nationals 7-6 in the series finale at the Oakland Coliseum. The victory marked the A’s third consecutive series win, a feat they had not achieved since 2021.

Abraham Toro played a pivotal role in the A’s resurgence, delivering a go-ahead, two-run single in a six-run sixth inning. The rally began with a walk to Toro and a double by JJ Bleday. Tyler Nevin and Lawrence Butler followed with run-scoring singles, while Derek Law’s wild pitch brought Oakland within two runs.

With the bases loaded, Jordan Weems forced in a run with a full-count pitch in the dirt. Toro then delivered the decisive blow, blooping a hit to short left that dropped just in front of Jesse Winker’s diving attempt.

Bleday and Butler each collected three hits for the A’s, while Mitch Spence earned his first major league win in relief. Mason Miller struck out the side in the ninth inning to secure the save.

The Nationals, who had led 6-1 in the sixth, were unable to hold on to their advantage. Joey Meneses and Lane Thomas drove in runs off Spence, but it was not enough to prevent the A’s from completing the comeback.

The victory improved Oakland’s record to 6-3, while Washington dropped to 3-6. The A’s have now won three consecutive series for the first time since 2021, a sign of progress for a team that struggled last season.

Martini's Historic Homers Power Reds to Opening Day Victory

Martini’s Historic Homers Power Reds to Opening Day Victory

Nick Martini’s historic opening day performance propelled the Cincinnati Reds to an emphatic 8-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. The 33-year-old outfielder, making his first opening day start, electrified the crowd with two towering home runs, becoming the first Reds player to achieve the feat since Adam Dunn in 2007.

Martini’s first homer, a two-run shot in the second inning, set the tone for the Reds’ offensive onslaught. He followed it up with a three-run blast in the third, giving Cincinnati an early 5-0 lead. The veteran outfielder’s heroics were a testament to his resilience and determination, having played for four different teams since 2018.

Frankie Montas, making his Reds debut, was equally impressive on the mound. The right-hander pitched six shutout innings, allowing only four hits and striking out four. Montas’ dominant performance was a welcome sight for the Reds, who had high expectations for the former New York Yankees starter.

The Nationals, on the other hand, struggled to keep pace with the Reds’ offense. Isaiah Gray, making his first start for Washington, allowed seven runs in four innings. Eddie Rosario provided the Nationals’ only offense with a two-run homer in the seventh inning.

Reds manager David Bell praised Martini’s performance, saying, “We’ve known this guy can hit, so for it to all come out opening day and his first one, which us surprising or shocking when you think about it because this guy has been a good player for a long time.”

The Reds will look to continue their winning ways on Saturday when they face the Nationals in the second game of the series. Patrick Corbin will start for Washington, while Hunter Greene will take the mound for Cincinnati.

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