PHOENIX – David Peralta's first two ugly hacks in his final at-bat gave little indication a clutch hit was coming.
Frustrated, the Diamondbacks' cleanup man talked to himself for a few seconds, moved up a little in the batter's box and got ready for swing number three. It wasn't much better, but it was good enough.
Peralta, who homered earlier, slapped a bases-loaded single through the right side of the infield with one out in the ninth inning to push Arizona past the streaking Oakland Athletics 4-3 Monday night.
“Sometimes you don't have to hit the ball that hard to do some damage," Peralta said, laughing.
The Diamondbacks won their fifth straight game and are above .500 for the first time this season. They needed the ninth-inning rally after blowing a late lead.
The A’s trailed 3-1 going into the eighth but came back to tie it after loading the bases with one out. Matt Chapman knocked in one run with a sacrifice fly to deep right field and then Gold Glove shortstop Nick Ahmed committed a stunning error on Matt Olson’s shallow pop fly to left, dropping the ball and allowing the tying run to score.
“It's a ball that I catch 100 times out of 100 if I would do it right now,” Ahmed said. “I just missed it. No excuses.”
Ahmed quickly made up for his mistake, smacking a leadoff double to left field to start the decisive ninth-inning rally. Kole Calhoun went down on strikes for the first out, Ketel Marte followed with a single and the A's intentionally walked Starling Marte to load the bases.