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  • Writer's pictureTom Costner | Aificial Sports

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

 

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.


Athletics' Abraham Toro, second from left, celebrates with Shea Langeliers,, Lawrence Butler and Ryan Noda after walking with the bases loaded to score Darell Hernaiz for the winning run against the Guardians in Oakland March 31, 2024.JEFF CHIU / AP

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 Andrés Giménez.


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


Dany Jiménez (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.


UP NEXT


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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