Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

In return from bereavement, A's player hits homer for mom

In return from bereavement, A's player hits homer for mom

Oakland Athletics outfielder Stephen Piscotty returned to the lineup after the club reinstated him from the bereavement list and made an immediate impact, hitting a solo home run in his first at-bat Tuesday night against the Boston Red Sox. "It felt so good, and coming around third I was immediately thinking of my mom", said Piscotty. As he crossed home plate, Piscotty put his hand on his heart and looked up at the sky.

Oakland has won four in a row over the Red Sox and has won the season series for the second year in a row.

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Ahead by three runs entering the bottom of the ninth, Blake Treinen allowed a run to score, but held on for his eighth save of the season.

Mengden improved to 3-4 on the season, lowering his ERA to 3.75. Oakland had six hits through the first three innings, starting with back-to-back singles by Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder to start the game.

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Piscotty, who hadn't played in a week, drove an 0-2 pitch from Eduardo Rodriguez over the Green Monster in left field.

The game was scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m., but didn't get under way until 8:52 p.m. because of heavy rain and lightning. Kendall Graveman was optioned to Triple-A Nashville in a corresponding move.

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