OAKLAND -- After Ryon Healy's would-be game-winning homer was robbed by Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. in the ninth inning, Mark Canha belted a no-doubt walk-off shot to lead off the 10th, sending Oakland to a 3-2 victory at the Coliseum on Friday.
"I couldn't even tell you what pitch it was unless I saw the replay," said Canha, who launched a 2-0 slider to left field. "It just kind of popped out of his hand, and I saw it really well and put a good swing on it."
It was the third hit of the night for Canha, who also doubled and tripled off Red Sox ace Chris Sale, falling a single short of hitting for the cycle. He's 10-for-21 (.476) since returning from Triple-A on May 9.
"Not much for singles," A's manager Bob Melvin said, smiling. "He likes extra-base hits obviously. When he's swinging well, it doesn't matter, righty, lefty, he's got power. He's got power to the opposite field and, obviously to get us to that point, the biggest hit of the game is his triple off Sale."
Sale matched his own Major League record of consecutive double-digit strikeout games at eight, fanning his final two batters of the night to finish with 10. Sale, who co-owns the record with Pedro Martinez, gave the Red Sox seven innings -- marking the eighth time in nine starts he's gone at least seven -- but was saddled with a no-decision after allowing two runs on seven hits.
"Chris Sale, once again, two runs allowed from him. A big night on the mound," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We were doing our job coming out of the bullpen with [Joe] Kelly and [Craig] Kimbrel. Created a couple of opportunities, but unfortunately the timely hit was not there tonight."
A's starter Kendall Graveman yielded two runs in six innings, both coming on Mitch Moreland's second homer in as many days, and received plenty defensive help along the way, including an inning-ending double play that allowed him complete six innings for the sixth time in eight tries this year.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Extra! Extra! Bradley sent this game to the 10th inning by robbing Healy of a walk-off homer with two outs in the ninth. Healy's deep fly ball off Kimbrel raveled 401 feet, per Statcast™, before Bradley leaped up for a spectacular highlight-reel grab over the center-field wall.
"I'm not sure [if it was the best catch of my career]," Bradley said. "I guess with the scenario and the way it was, it's up there."
Said Healy: "He's a great center fielder. I don't know if surprised is the right word, but it's not something I want to see ever again. But hats off to him."
Traffic control: A's closer Santiago Casilla found himself in a jam in the top of the ninth inning, allowing back-to-back singles to Sandy Leon and Deven Marrero to put runners at the corners with one out. But Mookie Betts sent a hard line drive right into the glove of third baseman Trevor Plouffe, and Casilla induced a ground ball off the bat of Dustin Pedroia for the inning-ending force at second to keep the game tied, 2-2. Ryan Dull worked around a one-out single in the 10th, extending the bullpen's scoreless streak at home to 21 innings. A's relievers are 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA in eight home games in May.
"That's big, and we're using guys that struggled a little bit on the road trip, and now they're pitching really well here at home again," Melvin said. "We know those guys are going to be good. They had a bit of a rough road trip, as we all did, but pitched really well tonight."
"I'd rather be 8-0 with no punchouts, honestly. Peripheral stats don't matter in this game. I know people love to crunch numbers and talk about this and that. They're flashy, they're cool, but at the end of the day, they don't matter. They really don't. Other than your win-loss record for your team, every other stat doesn't matter." -- Sale
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Red Sox challenged an out call at second base on Betts' stolen-base attempt in the seventh inning. The call would stand following a review, for the second out.
WHAT'S NEXT Red Sox: Southpaw Drew Pomeranz will face the A's on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET for the first time since they traded him to San Diego following the 2015 season. Pomeranz exited his last start after just three innings due to left triceps tightness, but he is expected to be free of restrictions.
A's: Lefty Sean Manaea gets the ball for Saturday's 1:05 p.m. PT contest with the Red Sox at the Coliseum. It will be his second start since coming off the disabled list. He took the loss in Seattle on Monday with four runs allowed on two hits and five walks in five innings.