The last word goes to Montz, walk-off hero

After Straily's dicey first appearance, Jaso homers to begin comeback

The last word goes to Montz, walk-off hero

PHOENIX -- The A's scored their second walk-off win of the spring on Tuesday when Luke Montz hit a two-run home run to beat the Brewers, 6-4, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Brewers pitching prospect Johnny Hellweg inherited a 4-3 lead in the ninth inning and lost it quickly. He had Bruce Maxwell in an 0-and-2 count before Maxwell smacked a breaking ball for a double to the right-center-field gap. Max Muncy followed with an Arizona single that chopped over the second baseman and tied the game. Montz, a 30-year-old catcher and first baseman, won the game by hitting a fastball over the fence in left field.

"I wasn't going to let him bunt there, that's for sure," A's manager Bob Melvin said.

The A's lost their other split-squad game on Tuesday, 6-4 to the Cubs, and are 5-2-1 in the Cactus League. The Brewers fell to 3-4.

"I hate losing games like that," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It just drives me crazy." The Brewers had led since the second inning thanks to a balanced offense that included RBIs from Khris Davis, Martin Maldonado and Caleb Gindl and a strong start by right-hander Wily Peralta. In his second spring appearance and first start, Peralta allowed one hit, one walk and struck out three batters in three scoreless innings.

He said he started throwing earlier than usual over the winter to avoid a repeat of last season's slow start.

"He looks great. Fastball command is good, velocity is great, movement is great," Roenicke said. "I'm glad to hear that he's trying to get off to a good start. He really hasn't told me that, but that's what we've talked about [in staff meetings]. We want to get him off to a good start, and right now, mentally, it looks like he's into it."

A's starter Dan Straily, meanwhile, didn't fare so well in his Cactus League debut, getting ahead of hitters but struggling to put them away. He retired each of his first four batters but put six of the next eight on base, via a pair of walks and four hits, and departed in the third inning with the bases loaded in a 2-0 deficit.

Only one of those runners scored against righty reliever Evan Scribner, who is vying for the A's final bullpen spot and remained in the game to rack up his fourth scoreless inning of the spring. He has struck out four in that span.

The A's got their first run from John Jaso, who belted his first homer of the spring to right-center field in the sixth. Jaso was making his first start at catcher since Wednesday's opener, when he was hit by a pitch above his right elbow.

Up next: Right-hander Jarrod Parker, under consideration for his first career Opening Day start, is slated to take the mound on Wednesday for a road contest with the Brewers in Phoenix, beginning at 12:05 p.m. PT. Parker will look to build on a forgettable Cactus League debut, when he allowed five runs on six hits with one walk and two strikeouts.

Jane Lee is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.