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Score One For Italy! Denorfia's Walk-Off HR Saves A's

Final Score: A's 7, Rockies 6

With Oakland trailing 6-5 in the 9th and an 11th straight loss staring the A's in the face, Kurt Suzuki led off with a single and then ba-da-BOOM!!! : Chris Denorfia launched a walk-off 2-run HR to put the A's in the win column for the first time in 13 days. The HR capped a perfect day for the Italian Stallion, who finished 2 for 2 with a pair of walks.

Greg Smith started against his former team and didn't make it out of the 2nd inning. Going through a "dead arm" period according to the Rockies' clubhouse, Smith was not throwing hard, nor was he throwing a lot of strikes, and after a 1-2-3 1st inning Smith was rocked for 5 runs in the 2nd, two coming on a Rajai Davis ground-rule double, the last two courtesy of an E-5.

Given a 5-1 lead, however, Sean Gallagher was not impressive, pounded for 9 hits and 6 runs (5 earned) in his 5 innings and giving 3 runs right back in the top of the 3rd in a "shutdown inning...not" that culminated with Garrett Atkins' 2-run HR.

Other highlights for the A's: Matt Holliday smoked two hits, Andrew Bailey, despite allowing a leadoff double, turned in another 1.1 IP of scoreless ball, Brad Ziegler had an easy 1-2-3 inning in his first Cactus League appearance, and Jerry Blevins worked a perfect 9th for his second smooth outing in a row.

Tomorrow, Brett Anderson. Tuesday, Josh Outman. Down to the wire it goes!