The Houston Astros blew a 3-0 lead in the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics during Tuesday night's game, but they recovered to win in one of wildest endings you'll never see again.
Oakland sent the game to extra innings, and they went ahead in the top of the 11th following a solo home run from Stephen Piscotty. Houston would tie it up following a fielder's choice that allowed Josh Reddick to score from third.
Alex Bregman then stepped up to the plate with two runners on and just one out. Bregman hit a small chopper just in front of home plate, and A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy just had to apply the easy tag to get him out.
Instead, Lucroy fumbled with the ball and made an errant throw to first base, allowing Kyle Tucker to score the winning run.
With the loss, Oakland saw their three-game winning streak come to an end. This was indeed a series of unfortunate events, but also a loss that had to be difficult for Oakland to stomach.
They had just taken two of three in a road series vs. the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians, and had a chance to win their second straight game against the defending World Series champion Astros.
Instead, the surprising Athletics (51-41), fell to six games behind the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card spot in the American League. There's still plenty of baseball left, but losses like this simply are difficult to accept.
It's one of the strangest finishes in recent MLB memory, and the Astros simply have to take it - considering they let a 3-0 lead evaporate in the top of the ninth. But at least Oakland gave themselves a fighting chance, and this finish will not be forgotten any time soon.
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