24-year-old Ramón Laureano made his major league debut on Friday night for the Oakland Athletics, and he came away the game’s hero.

The game was scoreless into the bottom of the 13th inning, when Laureano came to the plate with two on and two outs. On a 1-2 count, Laureano smoked a pitch deep into the right-center field gap for a walk-off single.

He also showed off his defensive skills with this rocket throw to nail a runner at third base for the third out in the top of the 13th.

That’s quite an MLB debut.

And it keeps the A’s rolling. Oakland (64-46) now has a 1-game lead over the Seattle Mariners for the second AL Wild Card slot, and they’re just five games back of the Houston Astros in the AL West (as well as five games back of the New York Yankees for the first Wild Card slot).

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