September 18, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Josh Donaldson hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning, sending the Oakland Athletics to a stunning 5-4 comeback victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night.
Donaldson's drive over the wall in center off Zach Britton (3-2) sent the A's streaming out of the dugout in front of an announced crowd of 27,232 at the Coliseum. It was Donaldson's fifth career game-ending hit and third career game-ending homer.
The much-booed Manny Machado had lined a go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh, and Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer in the fifth that appeared to be enough for the AL East-leading Orioles. But beating the best team in baseball - especially at home - has never been easy this season.
Eric O'Flaherty (1-0) tossed one scoreless inning for the win, Oakland's major league-leading 60th.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.