OAKLAND -- The hit that officially extended Robinson Cano's hit streak to 23 games in Friday night's 3-2 loss to the A's at the Coliseum wasn't exactly smashed. The solo home run he hit to tie the score at 2 in the ninth inning was.
Cano's seventh-inning single off A's starter Tommy Milone -- a left-hander who turned in a great performance -- had some odd spin and bounced under the glove of A's shortstop Eric Sogard, keeping Cano's career-long hit streak alive. He ripped his 22nd homer of the season on a 1-0 fastball and to the opposite field two innings later, off A's closer Ryan Cook.
Cano popped to second and struck out looking in his first two trips, briefly talking to home-plate umpire Bill Miller after the fourth-inning whiff.