down Angels in 10th to avert sweep
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[August 05, 2016]
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Oakland
Athletics really haven't been a part of the American League West
race since April, as they have resided at or near the bottom of the
standings for most of the season.
But that doesn't mean they have to like it.
Yonder Alonso's two-out double drove in the tiebreaking run in the
10th inning, and the A's earned an 8-6 win over the Los Angeles
Angels on Thursday at Angel Stadium.
The A's trailed by three runs early in the game but managed to
rally, avoid a three-game sweep and end their five-game losing
"And that shows some fight," A's manager Bob Melvin said of his
club, which completed its three-city road trip 3-6. "We go and have
a good start to it in Texas, then we get swept (in Cleveland), and
then the trade deadline and all that (trading Josh Reddick and Rich
Hill for minor-leaguers). To battle back when things didn't look
great, and trying to figure out how to get through the game, it was
a great fighting win."
Angels reliever Mike Morin got the first two outs of the 10th before
giving up consecutive singles to Danny Valencia and Billy Butler.
Alonso followed with a liner to right-center to score Valencia.
Marcus Semien added an RBI single to give the A's some breathing
It was redemption for Alonso, whose eighth-inning error allowed the
Angels to score the tying run.
"I was obviously very disappointed making that blunder right there,"
Alonso said. "It was costing us for a second there. I was
disappointed. I take a lot of pride in my defense. I was hoping I'd
get an opportunity to redeem myself and help my team win."
He did, and the A's could return home after the long trip on a
"It seems like the whole season's been like that," Alonso said of
the club's struggles. "It was just a good fight, I think we've been
fighting all year, and this whole road trip we've been fighting. It
shows a lot of character of our team."
Oakland reliever Ryan Madson (4-4) got the win over Morin (2-2), and
Ryan Dull pitched the 10th inning for his second save.
Ji-Man Choi hit home runs in his first two at-bats for the Angels,
and he would have had a third if not for A's left fielder Coco
In his third at-bat of the game, Choi hit the ball deep into the
left field corner. Crisp robbed him, though, reaching over the short
wall near the foul pole to make the catch for the third out in the
"Ji-Man can hit the ball a long way," Angels manager Mike Scioscia
said. "His basic approach is more up the middle, using the whole
field, but he got some balls he hit hard today. Almost got a third
The game had plenty of offense early, as 10 of the game's runs were
scored in the first 3 1/2 innings. Neither starting pitcher was
sharp, as the two teams combined for five home runs.
Max Muncy (first inning), Ryon Healy (third) and Valencia (fourth)
all homered off Los Angeles starter Ricky Nolasco, who was making
his Angels debut after joining the team in a Monday trade with the
Nolasco got a no-decision after going six innings and allowing five
runs on six hits.
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Athletics right fielder Danny Valencia (26) is greeted after scoring
a run in the tenth inning against Los Angeles Angels at Angel
Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY
"Ricky made some good pitches, and he made some mistakes with his
fastball that cost him," Scioscia said. "All in all, he showed good
stuff, and that's important. They weren't very forgiving when he got
the ball up."
Oakland starter Jesse Hahn yielded five runs on seven hits in four
innings, and he left with the A's trailing 5-2.
However, Oakland rallied for three runs in the fourth inning against
Nolasco to tie the game at 5-5, then took a 6-5 lead in the seventh
on Crisp's RBI double.
In the eighth inning, the Angels put two runners on with one out.
Scioscia then sent up Mike Trout to pinch-hit for Cliff Pennington.
Trout, who was not in the starting lineup because he has been
battling a head cold, walked on four pitches to load the bases.
Pinch hitter Johnny Giavotella then hit a sharp grounder to the
first baseman Alonso, who briefly bobbled the ball. His throw home
was too late to get Jefry Marte, who slid across the plate to tie
the game at 6-6, Alonso being charged with an error.
The Angels' rally, though, ended there after Madson entered the game
and got Yunel Escobar on a pop out and Kole Calhoun on a fly to
NOTES: Angels CF Mike Trout was not in the starting lineup for just
the second time this season because of an illness. Trout, who has
been feeling sick the past couple of days, did not start July 5 but
entered that game as a pinch-runner. DH Albert Pujols moved into
Trout's No. 3 spot in the batting order, and SS Andrelton Simmons
hit cleanup. Shane Robinson took Trout's place in center field. ...
A's RHP Andrew Triggs was optioned to Triple-A Nashville to make
room on the roster for RHP Jesse Hahn, who was called up to start
the game. ... Angels OF Daniel Nava, who was designated for
assignment on July 30, cleared waivers and accepted an assignment at
Triple-A Salt Lake. ... A's 2B Jed Lowrie was not in the starting
lineup, still bothered by a bunion on his left foot. Lowrie is
considering having surgery, which would end his season.
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