Cold crush Khris: Walk-off slam carries A's

May 18th, 2016

OAKLAND -- Moments after hitting the first grand slam of his career to cap a three-home run night, A's slugger Khris Davis stopped a few feet shy of home plate, grabbed his batting helmet and pulled up for a little jump shot.

"I've had that in the back of my head since last year, and I finally got the chance to do it," Davis said following Oakland's wild 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. "I wasn't going to miss it. It was a swish, by the way."

On a night when the two teams combined for seven home runs, Davis' walk-off blast in the ninth off Rangers closer Shawn Tollefson was obviously the biggest.

It came on a 2-2 fastball two batters after Texas manager Jeff Bannister opted to intentionally walk Josh Reddick to load the bases.

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Danny Valencia, who earlier in the evening homered for the sixth time in five games, flew out to short right before Davis' game-winning blast sent the sparse crowd at the Oakland Coliseum into a frenzy.

"If you're a baseball fan I don't know that you get a better game to watch," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We know (Davis has) got power. Now you have a night where the ball is carrying probably as well as it has all year because it was warm on both sides. You put a good swing, you get it in the air, there's a good chance it's going out."

Davis did not homer in his first 13 games of the season but has been on an impressive tear over the past two weeks. Since May 1st he's hit eight home runs with 19 RBIs and scored 10 runs.

That's not surprising. Since Aug. 6 Davis has hit more home runs (30) than anyone else in the majors.

"I'm jJust working on my timing day by day," Davis said. "If I'm ready to hit, I think I can hit anybody as long as I'm ready to hit. But if I get in there and I'm not on time, then I struggle."

Davis had no such issue against Texas.

He followed Valencia's leadoff home run in the second with his first home run of the game to snap an 0-for-14 funk. Davis'second off Rangers starter Cole Hamels was another solo shot with one out in the sixth.

Both of those came on off-speed pitches. Davis hit the game-winner on a fastball he suspected was coming.

"I went deep on off-speed all night so I didn't think they'd flip something over," Davis said. "I thought they were going to make me beat them with a fastball that at-bat.

"It was an amazing feeling. I knew in the back of my head I was going to get the job done going up to the plate. I surprised myself."

It was the first three home run game of Davis' career while the six RBIs matched his personal best.

The game-ending grand slam was the first by the A's since Brandon Inge had one against Toronto on May 8, 2012.

"We would have liked to end it a little bit earlier but the way dramatics go and the way it was going, it seemed like something dramatic was going to happen," Melvin said.