Extra Innings Not Needed, A’s Beat Angels 10-6
OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs, Seth Smith knocked in three with a bases-loaded double and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Tuesday.
One night after outlasting the Angels 10-8 in a 19-inning classic that lasted 6 1/2 hours, the A’s had a few problems defensively but looked just fine at the plate while beating Los Angeles for the fifth consecutive time this season.
Jarrod Parker (1-4) pitched into the seventh inning and Derek Norris scored twice for Oakland, which has won 13 straight against AL West teams.
Mike Trout drove in four runs and Mark Trumbo homered for the second straight game for the Angels. Los Angeles fell to 9-17, the worst start in franchise history.
The Angels are 0-5 against Oakland for the first time since 1990.
Playing in his third game since coming off the disabled list, Cespedes had an RBI double in the fourth, a two-run triple in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
The A’s are 3-0 since getting their cleanup hitter back. Before his return, Oakland had dropped eight of nine.
Unlike Monday’s game in which the teams combined to use 16 pitchers, neither manager had to go too deep into the bullpen despite shaky outings from both starters.
Parker allowed four runs and walked three while the Angels’ Garrett Richards (1-2) gave up seven runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Both teams were also sluggish on defense early.
Oakland committed two errors in the third inning leading to the Angels’ first run. J.B. Shuck reached on an infield single and went to second when third baseman Josh Donaldson threw wildly to first. Erick Aybar’s groundout moved Shuck to third and he scored when shortstop Adam Rosales made a throwing error on Trout’s grounder.
Los Angeles returned the favor in the fourth.
Cespedes doubled in Smith and went to third when Aybar’s throw home bounced past catcher Hank Conger and went to the backstop. Aybar was activated from the disabled list before the game.
Cespedes then scored on a wild pitch by Richards to put Oakland ahead 2-1.
Trout put the Angels in front 3-2 with a two-run double in the fourth. Shuck reached on a one-out infield single and Aybar also singled before Trout hit a line drive just inside the third base line.
Richards, a reliever at the start of the season, couldn’t make it hold up.
John Jaso hit an RBI double in the fifth to drive in Norris with the tying run. After Rosales walked, Cespedes tripled off the wall in left-center to give the A’s a 5-3 lead.
Oakland loaded the bases in the sixth to chase Richards. Nick Maronde’s wild pitch allowed Norris to score from third, and Smith followed with his bases-clearing double to right that made it 9-3.
Parker threw in the A’s bullpen to stay warm during the top of the sixth but left after giving up a leadoff walk to Aybar in the seventh.
Evan Scribner, Sean Doolittle and closer Grant Balfour pitched the final three innings for Oakland.
Trout hit an RBI triple off Scribner and scored on Albert Pujols’ groundout. Trumbo — whose mammoth home run a night earlier still had Coliseum security guards buzzing 24 hours later — followed with his fifth of the season, a solo shot that cut the gap to 9-6.
Eric Sogard singled leading off the eighth for Oakland and scored on Cespedes’ sacrifice fly.
NOTES: Trout has 14 RBIs over his last 13 games after driving in just two through the Angels’ first 13 games. … The Angels placed OF Peter Bourjos (left hamstring strain) on the 15-day disabled list and optioned LHP Michael Roth to Double-A Arkansas. The team also selected the contract of OF Scott Cousins from Salt Lake. … Scribner was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento before the game when Oakland optioned RHP Dan Straily to the minors. … Angels INF Alberto Callaspo (right calf strain) could come off the DL as early as Thursday. … Los Angeles RHP Jared Weaver (left elbow) is playing catch every day but there is no timetable for when he’ll get back on a mound. … A pair of lefties square off in the series finale. C.J. Wilson (2-0), who has a career ERA of 3.70 against the A’s, pitches for the Angels while Tommy Milone (3-2) goes for Oakland.
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