Stephen Piscotty hits home run in first at-bat since mother's funeral


He homered in his first at-bat after being put on the list because of his mother's death.

Stephen Piscotty homered in his first at-bat after being reinstated from the bereavement list and saluted his late mother as he crossed home plate, helping lead the Oakland Athletics to a 5-3 win against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night in a game delayed nearly two hours because of weather.

Stephen Piscotty arrived in Boston Tuesday afternoon, rejoining the team after celebrating the life of his mother, Gretchen, who died May 7 after her battle with ALS. "I've been a little cried out, so I didn't tear up or anything".

It was Piscotty's third home run of the year. He took a 3:45 a.m. Uber from his home in the Bay Area and boarded a 6 a.m. flight.

"It's been an emotional week", Piscotty told

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Added Melvin: "To hit a home run in his first at-bat like that, there's something in the air".

"He wanted to play". Probably Gretchen. It was like a walkoff.

The A's will look to sweep the Red Sox when they close out the three-game series Wednesday.

Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1) took his first loss of the season after getting roughed up in the first few innings. "I'm going to keep that with me".