OAKLAND, Calif. -AP- Mark Canha was sure Ryon Healy had ended the game in the ninth only to be robbed by Jackie Bradley Jr. Canha left no doubt about it one inning later.
Canha hit a leadoff homer in the 10th, one inning after Bradley's spectacular catch, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Friday night.
"You never expect a guy to jump up and make an amazing play like that," Canha said. "But then when it happened I was like, `Oh yeah, that's Jackie Bradley out there."
Then after Ryan Dull (2-2) pitched a scoreless top of the 10th, Canha capped a three-hit night with the drive to left field off Heath Hembree (0-2) that set off a raucous celebration for the A's.
"It's crazy," he said. "It's a night I'll never forget probably."
The A's overcame the catch by Bradley and a record-tying eighth straight double-digit strikeout game from Chris Sale to win their second in a row in the series against Boston.
The A's would have won it in the ninth except for Bradley. With two outs, Healy hit a drive to center that appeared to have enough to clear the wall and win the game for Oakland. Bradley tracked the ball and leaped as he got to the wall, pulling the ball back into play .
"I knew it was going to be pretty close," Bradley said. "I knew he hit well but from my point of view I thought maybe I had a chance."
Healy put his hands on his helmet in frustration, while reliever Craig Kimbrel pointed out in appreciation.
"I don't know if surprised is the right word but it's not something I want to see ever again," Healy said
The A's managed to get two runs off Sale on an RBI triple in the fifth by Canha and a run-scoring double the next inning by Khris Davis.
Sale finished his night by striking out Chad Pinder and Josh Phegley to end the seventh , reaching the double-digit mark once again. This is the second time in his career Sale has had eight straight starts with at least 10 strikeouts.
"Peripheral stats don't matter in this game," Sale said. "I know people love crunching numbers and they love talking about this and that. They're flashy, they're cool but at the end of the day they don't matter."
Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Kendall Graveman for Boston's offense.

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