The hearty souls that showed up to Overstock.com Coliseum to watch Monday night's game were rewarded with quite an ending.
Kurt Suzuki raced home from third on Mark Ellis' chopper to the right side to give the A's a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the bottom of the 10th.
Ellis' bouncer went to Howie Kendrick, who had come in from left field to give the Angels five infielders. After Fernando Rodney's wild pitch put runners on second and third and one out, Angels manager Mike Scioscia went with just two outfielders for Ellis' at-bat.
Kendrick fielded the ball off Ellis' bat and threw wide of the plate as Suzuki made a headfirst slide.
That concluded a game in which first pitch was delayed 1 hour, 25 minutes because of rain.
"What a great finish to a tough game," A's manager Bob Geren said. "Conditions were tough. We had a lead, blew a lead. The big hits. It was just a great game all the way around."
The announced crowd was 11,061, but it appeared that less than half that many fans were on hand for the 8:30 p.m. first pitch. Puddles were visible in left and right field as well as on the warning track.
The A's were down 4-3 and down to their last strike before rallying to tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth.
Daric Barton delivered a two-out RBI single on a 2-2 pitch from Angels reliever Jordan Walden that scored Coco Crisp. Crisp had singled with two outs and
It was the first A's home game delayed by rain since a May 19, 2006, contest against the Giants.
The A's appeared to be facing their first home rainout since a May 5, 1998, game against Detroit was washed out.
A steady downpour fell in the hours leading up to the originally scheduled 7:05 start time, and the start was delayed three different times.
"It was just dead," Ellis said of the atmosphere. "It was not a fun game to play, but to come out and get a victory is huge. If you're going to be out there, you might as well win."
Batting practice was canceled and A's players milled around the clubhouse, wondering if the game would be played.
The A's broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the fifth off Joel Pineiro.
After David DeJesus was hit in the thigh with a pitch to lead off the inning, Ellis followed with a grounder to third. Alberto Callaspo thought about throwing to second, then uncorked a wild throw that got past first baseman Mark Trumbo.
DeJesus motored all the way home, making a nifty headfirst slide to avoid the tag of catcher Bobby Wilson.
Ellis wound up on third, and he came home on Cliff Pennington's single to center. Josh Willingham's sacrifice fly eventually made it 3-0.
But the Angels battled back against A's left-hander Brett Anderson.
They scored twice in the sixth to cut Oakland's lead to 3-2. Anderson limited the damage somewhat considering he loaded the bases with no outs. Callaspo's grounder to short could have been a double play, but Pennington made a bad flip to second and the A's got just the force out.
A terrific running catch in left-center by center fielder Crisp on Trumbo's deep drive went for a sacrifice fly but prevented a bigger inning.
Los Angeles took a 4-3 lead with two runs in the seventh on Kendrick's two-run, bases-loaded single to left off reliever Micahel Wuertz.