OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Having discovered his power stroke at the Oakland Coliseum, Athletics catcher John Jaso was more impressed by the ball he hit that didn't leave the park than he was by his second home run in as many days.
That might be because it came in the 10th inning and gave Oakland its third walk-off win of the season.
Jaso doubled in pinch-runner Nick Punto with two outs in the 10th inning to lift the A's to a 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.
Jaso, who had not hit a home run in Oakland until his solo shot in Friday's 8-0 win, also homered in the third before delivering the fourth game-ending hit of his career.
"It's funny because I thought that last ball I hit I hit harder than the other two and it hung up for some reason," Jaso said. "I don't know if the wind shifted, but I thought I hit it harder than the other two."
After being limited to two hits over the first eight innings, the A's scored twice in the ninth off Nationals' closer Rafael Soriano to force extras and storm back for their third walk-off win this season.
Alberto Callaspo singled off reliever Drew Storen (2-1) to lead off the 10th before Punto replaced him at first. Storen retired Eric Sogard and Derek Norris before Jaso hit a towering fly ball that ricocheted off the scoreboard in right field as Punto rounded the bases and scored.
"Sometimes certain guys come up key in games when you don't get many hits," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "(Jaso) did most of the damage. When you get down to those situations, it just becomes a grind."
The Nationals were three outs from winning and had their rock-solid closer on the mound before Oakland greeted Soriano with three consecutive hits to open the ninth.
Jaso singled and scored on Jed Lowrie's double. Josh Donaldson followed with a line drive single to drive in Jaso with the tying run.
"Going into the ninth with a two-run lead and a guy that hasn't given up a run in 25 innings and it doesn't happen for you, it's disappointing," Washington manager Matt Williams said. "That's baseball."
It was Soriano's first blown save since Aug. 17, 2013, and ended his career-high streak of 25 consecutive scoreless innings.
That spoiled a stellar outing by Washington starter Tanner Roark.
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