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Canha makes great catch after clutch hit in 9th

A's outfielder hits game-tying single, two-run homer before making grab
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OAKLAND -- Mark Canha already had a big day when he turned in what could be the A's defensive play of the year in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Angels in 11 innings.

After opening the scoring with a two-run homer in the second and tying the game with a two-out single in the ninth, Canha was moved from center to left field to begin the 10th inning.

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OAKLAND -- Mark Canha already had a big day when he turned in what could be the A's defensive play of the year in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Angels in 11 innings.

After opening the scoring with a two-run homer in the second and tying the game with a two-out single in the ninth, Canha was moved from center to left field to begin the 10th inning.

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Canha was tested almost immediately, racing from left field to deep left-center to run down Andrelton Simmons' drive with one out in the 10th. According to Statcast™, Canha covered 98 feet in 5.4 seconds and reached an above-average sprint speed of 28.1 feet per second. The catch probability was 5 percent, making it a 5-star catch. It had the lowest catch probability on a grab by an A's player this season.

"I didn't think it was going out, but I didn't think he had a chance to catch that ball," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That might be the best play we've seen him make, and he's made some good plays this year."

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Canha was determined to get to the ball.

"You are never sure right off the bat," Canha said. "But as I was running, I put my head down, took a peek and thought to myself, 'I can get this ball.'"

John Hickey is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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