Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia notched the first three-homer game of his career and just his fourth multi-homer game against the Rays on Sunday. The third and final home run happened to be the game-winner, pushing the A’s to a 7-6 victory at Tropicana Field.
Valencia went yard in the first inning with the bases empty off of Matt Moore, breaking a scoreless tie. He followed up with a two-run shot in the top of the fifth off of Moore, reducing the Athletics’ deficit to 5-4. Finally, with a runner on first base and two outs against Steve Geltz, Valencia slugged a no-doubt home run to left-center field to put the A’s up 7-6.
Here’s that third home run:
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Valencia is now hitting .342/.377/.589 with five home runs and 10 RBI in 77 plate appearances on the year. He recently battled a hamstring injury, so he’s been sharing third base with Chris Coghlan and Yonder Alonso lately.