Cron's swipe can help fans steal a home

Quicken Loans sweepstakes offers chance to win mortgage payment valued at up to $1,500

Cron's swipe can help fans steal a home

When C.J. Cron cruised into home on Monday night in Oakland, the Angels designated hitter not only extended his club's lead, but also lightened one lucky fan's monthly bill payments.

Quicken Loans Steal A Home

In the third inning of the Angels' matchup with the Athletics, Cron a was part of a double steal that had him plating the Angels' third run and activating the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" program.

Each time a Major Leaguer steals home this regular season, baseball fans everywhere will have an opportunity to win a free mortgage payment of up to $1,500 from Quicken Loans. The entry window remains open for 48 hours immediately after the stolen base, with this one closing at 11 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

The lucky winner will also receive two tickets to see a Major League team of their choice, two MLB jerseys, two MLB.TV subscriptions and a $150 Fathead.com gift card from the MLB.com shop.

And any fans who entering the sweepstakes are also eligible for the Quicken Loans "Steal A Home" grand prize drawing at the end of the regular season, which will award one year's worth of mortgage payments (up to $12,000) and an all-expense paid trip to the 111th World Series opener. The deadline to enter this sweepstakes is open through 11:59 p.m. ET on Oct. 4.

Monday's stolen base was not only unusual for its location on the diamond, but also for the player involved. It's just the second bag the 25-year-old Cron has swiped through 162 career games in the Majors. His only other steal came earlier this month against the White Sox in Chicago.

With one out, runners at the corners and Chris Iannetta at the plate in the third frame, the situation presented itself against A's left-hander Felix Doubront. Shane Victorino beat the throw to second as Cron ran home for the double steal, pushing the Angels lead to 3-0.

Cron is now the seventh Major League player to steal home this season, which brings the total to just one shy of last year's total of eight. Cron joins Kansas City's Alex Rios, Baltimore's Jimmy Paredes, Arizona's A.J. Pollock, Toronto's Russell Martin, Pittsburgh's Starling Marte and Houston's Domingo Santana as the only players to steal home and reward a fan with a free mortgage payment in 2015.

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.