OAKLAND — The Giants were two outs away from one of their more agonizing losses of the year, but they managed to salvage a frustrating afternoon thanks to LaMonte Wade Jr., who came off the bench to deliver a go-ahead, two-run home run in the ninth and lift San Francisco to a 6-5 win over the A’s on Saturday at the Coliseum.
The Giants trailed, 5-4, entering the top of the ninth, but Brandon Belt started the rally by drawing a walk off A’s closer Lou Trivino. Manager Gabe Kapler then decided to send up Wade to pinch-hit for Darin Ruf, a move that paid off when Wade blasted a 1-1 fastball out to right field for his 16th home run of the year.
Closer Jake McGee took over in the bottom of the ninth and worked a scoreless inning to seal the win for the Giants, who snapped their two-game mini skid and stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of the surging Dodgers for first place in the National League West.
Kris Bryant, Belt and Ruf also homered for San Francisco, which was able to overcome sloppy defense and another shaky start from Kevin Gausman to improve to 79-44, the best record in the Majors.