ARLINGTON -- The A's continue to find ways to outdo themselves, thrilling on the regular in a most magical way -- though it's unlikely they'll be able to top Tuesday night's topsy-turvy tilt at Globe Life Park.But don't put it past them.Striking for 11 unanswered runs in the final four
ARLINGTON -- The A's continue to find ways to outdo themselves, thrilling on the regular in a most magical way -- though it's unlikely they'll be able to top Tuesday night's topsy-turvy tilt at Globe Life Park.
But don't put it past them.
Striking for 11 unanswered runs in the final four frames of a wild 10-inning affair, the A's scripted a 13-10 victory against the Rangers to move within 1 1/2 games of the Mariners for the second American League Wild Card spot.
A remarkable ride it's been: On June 15, the A's were a meager 34-36, bystanders of playoff conversations. They've since gone bonkers, putting together a Major League-best 25-7 record to move a season-high 16 games above .500.
These crazy kids have masterminded 16 come-from-behind victories in that stretch, plating the winning run in the eighth inning or later 11 times.
No stranger to a comeback, this was their best yet. Downright silly even by A's standards.
"That was a blast," Stephen Piscotty said. "It's almost comical."
Piscotty provided the game-tying home run in the ninth against Keone Kela -- he of 23 consecutive save conversions this season -- with a leadoff blast, and Khris Davis delivered the final blow with a three-run homer in the 10th off Austin Bibens-Dirkx.
Not since Aug. 30, 1939, had the A's won a game when trailing after the sixth inning by at least eight runs.
"Nothing they do surprises me anymore," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You've seen our late-inning at-bats. But to be down that kind of a margin and come back, it's a tenacious group that believes they're going to win every game. It's such a group effort. It's all 25."
Staring down a 10-2 deficit after six innings following a series of defensive miscues and a grand slam off the bat of Elvis Andrus, the A's went to work, undeterred. They chipped away, posting three runs in the seventh and four more in the eighth, pulling within a single run by the time Piscotty stepped to the plate in the ninth.
He smothered a first-pitch fastball for his seventh homer of the month.
"Just trying to get something over the middle of the plate, and he's a good pitcher, so you gotta be ready for anything, and I was honestly just trying to hit a line drive, to get on base," Piscotty said, "and I got underneath it and got a good chunk of that and it went."
Newcomer Jeurys Familia worked a perfect ninth for his second scoreless inning of the night, and Davis ensured the A's would secure their third straight four-homer game with the biggest one yet after Nick Martini notched a single and Jed Lowrie worked a walk.
Closer Blake Treinen ended it uneventfully.
"Honestly, it didn't feel like we were down that many runs," Davis said. "We were just playing the game like we were supposed to. This team is really good."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The A's got an assist in the eighth inning from Andrus, who botched a potential inning-ending double-play ball from Marcus Semien. A run scored, keeping the bases loaded for Martini, who was hit by a pitch from Jake Diekman to force the Rangers to bring in their closer. Lowrie tagged Kela for a two-run single, and the right-hander would soon absorb his first blown save since May of last year.
The A's have nine wins when trailing after seven innings, tops in the Majors.
"Kind of running out of words to describe these comebacks," Piscotty said. "That was a special one."
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS
Mark Canha's 12th home run got the A's on the board in the third, and Lowrie collected his career-high 17th in the fourth to even the scoring. Canha has 11 home runs against left-handers this season, most in the American League.
HE SAID IT
"You look early on, and a bunch of zeros and not much, and all of a sudden in the last few innings our at-bats just get ferocious. Once we got within shouting distance, these guys really felt like they had a good chance to win." -- Melvin
Right-hander Edwin Jackson will take his turn in the rotation Wednesday. The veteran pitcher, who will be opposed by Rangers lefty Martin Perez (2-4, 8.05 ERA) in the 5:05 p.m. PT meeting at Globe Life Park, has been excellent since latching on with the A's, recording a 2.93 ERA in his first five outings.
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010.