A's get first win on Toro's walk-off walk, beat Guardians 4-3 before just 4,118 fans

Sun, Mar 31, 2024
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A's get first win on Toro's walk-off walk, beat Guardians 4-3 before just 4,118 fans

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Pinch-hitter Abraham Toro forced in the game-ending run when he drew a four-pitch bases-loaded walk from Eli Morgan, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Cleveland Guardians 4-3 on Sunday for their first win this season.

The A's, who have announced plans to move to Las Vegas in 2028, drew just 4,118 at the Coliseum on a sunny afternoon. Attendance for the opening four-game series totaled 26,902.

Oakland and manager Mark Kotsay lost three of four to the Guardians. The A's went 60-102 in Kotsay's first season in 2022, then 50-112 last year.

Carlos Carrasco returned to Cleveland's rotation after three seasons with the New York Mets, allowing three runs and six hits in five innings. The 37-year-old right-hander was 88-73 for Cleveland from 2009-20.

Oakland's Paul Blackburn allowed three hits in shutout innings and Cleveland tied the score on Josh Naylor's RBI single that capped a three-run eighth. Two runs were unearned because of shortstop Nick Allen's error at shortstop.

Scott Barlow (0-1) walked Ryan Noda starting the ninth and Shea Langeliers reached on an infield hit when a video review overturned Marvin Hudson's call, ruled Langeliers beat the throw from second baseman Andres Gimenez.

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Lawrence Buter relieved, Toro pinch hit for Allen and Morgan relieved, throwing an inside slider and three high fastballs.

Dany Jimenez (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth for his first major league win since Aug. 20, 2022.

JJ Bleday hit an RBI triple in the first and a run-scoring single in the third around Seth Brown's RBI single in the second.


Guardians: RHP Triston McKenzie (1-2, 3.07 ERA in 2023) starts Monday at Seattle, which has RHP Emerson Hancock (0-0. 4.50 ERA in 2023) on the mound.

Athletics: RHP Joe Boyle (2-0, 1.69 ERA) starts Monday's series opener at home against Boston, which starts RHP Tanner Houck (6-10, 5.01 ERA in 2023).


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