Lucroy's RBI single in 11th send Athletics past Angels 6-5

Lucroy's RBI single in 11th send Athletics past Angels 6-5

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Oakland Athletics’ Jonathan Lucroy hits an RBI-single to drive in the winning run during the eleventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jonathan Lucroy flied out in his first chance at getting the winning hit. The next time up, he didn’t miss.

Lucroy hit an RBI single off the center-field wall with the bases loaded in the 11th inning and the Athletics capped their comeback Sunday with a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

”They stacked the left side up, so you don’t want to roll into a double play right there,” Lucroy said. ”I was trying to stay inside the ball and hit it somewhere up the middle or the other way.”

The A’s rallied for two runs in the ninth to tie it at 5, an inning that ended when Lucroy hit a flyball with runners on first and second.

Jed Lowrie led off the 11th with a single and Jake Jewell (0-1) hit Khris Davis with a pitch. After Matt Olson flied out, Eduardo Paredes replaced Jewell and walked Mark Canha to load the bases.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia brought left fielder Justin Upton in for a five-man infield but it didn’t matter. Lucroy hit a deep drive to win it.

”We had a couple guys coming out of the bullpen just brought too many walks with them and hit batters,” Scioscia said. ”We put too many guys on base from the ninth inning on and those guys got it done.”

Canha hit an early two-run homer, and added a tying single with two outs in the ninth. Marcus Semien homered to begin the Oakland ninth.

Blake Treinen (4-1) got the win.

Angels slugger Albert Pujols hit his 625th career home run

It was another blown save for Scioscia’s bullpen, the 15th by the Angels this season.

Blake Parker gave up two runs in the ninth. He also had a blown save Wednesday in Seattle. Canha’s tying single came off Cam Bedrosian.

”We made them work early on and they picked us up every single time,” Angels starter Andrew Heaney said. ”They may be struggling now and some guys are having their issues and that’s part of baseball.”

Chris Young homered and Mike Trout reached base five times for the Angels.

Pujols’ drive off Daniel Mengden was his fourth this month and 11th overall this season. It also moved the Angels’ 38-year-old slugger within five home runs of tying Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place all time.

Pujols also had an RBI single in the third.

Trout had homered in four of his previous six games. He had singles in the fifth and ninth, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

NICE BUT NOTHING TO SHOW

Heaney allowed Canha’s home run in the second and a sacrifice fly to Olson in the seventh. Beyond that, the left-hander was stellar with eight strikeouts in eight innings. ”One mistake to Canha that was a changeup down the heart of the plate,” Scioscia said. ”Outside of that he was dotting that outside corner, moving the ball in and changing speeds with his breaking ball all day.”

LOSING CONTROL

Mengden has issued 10 walks in his three June starts. He had only eight in his first 12 starts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman (right thumb contusion) added throwing to his regimen, one day before his scheduled visit with a hand specialist in Los Angeles. Chapman’s biggest hurdle remains swinging a bat. … LHP Brett Anderson (strained left shoulder) is headed for Arizona to pitch in extended spring training.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (5-2, 2.61 ERA) faces the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a two-game series Monday in Anaheim. Barria’s ERA is the lowest among all rookies with at least 40 innings this season.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (1-1, 11.05 ERA) starts against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday to begin Oakland’s 10-game road trip.

A's walk off Angels, win first series vs AL West since April

A's walk off Angels, win first series vs AL West since April

BOX SCORE

OAKLAND — Jonathan Lucroy hit an RBI single off the center-field wall in the 11th inning and the Oakland Athletics capped their comeback Sunday with a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

The A’s rallied for two runs in the ninth to tie it at 5, then took advantage of control problems by a pair of Angels relievers to win.

Jed Lowrie led off the 11th with a single and Jake Jewell (0-1) hit Khris Davis with a pitch. After Matt Olson flied, Eduardo Paredes replaced Jewell and walked Mark Canha to load the bases.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia brought left fielder Justin Upton in for a five-man infield but it didn’t matter. Lucroy hit a deep drive to win it.

Canha hit an early two-run homer, and added a tying single with two outs in the ninth. Marcus Semien homered to begin the Oakland ninth.

Albert Pujols hit his 625th career home run, Chris Young also went deep and Mike Trout reached base five times for the Angels.

It was another blown save for Scioscia’s bullpen, the 15th by the Angels this season.

Blake Parker gave up two runs in the ninth. He also had a blown save Wednesday in Seattle. Canha’s tying single came off Cam Bedrosian.

Pujols’ drive off Daniel Mengden was his fourth this month and 11th overall this season. It also moved the Angels’ 38-year-old slugger within five home runs of tying Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place all time.

Pujols also had an RBI single in the third.

Trout had homered in four of his previous six games. He had singles in the fifth and ninth, walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: 3B Matt Chapman (right thumb contusion) added throwing to his regimen, one day before his scheduled visit with a hand specialist in Los Angeles. Chapman’s biggest hurdle remains swinging a bat. . LHP Brett Anderson (strained left shoulder) is headed for Arizona to pitch in extended spring training.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (5-2, 2.61 ERA) faces the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a two-game series Monday in Anaheim. Barria’s ERA is the lowest among all rookies with at least 40 innings pitched this season.

Athletics: RHP Paul Blackburn (1-1, 11.05 ERA) starts against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday to begin Oakland’s 10-game road trip.

Angels, A's seek series win after splitting two games

Angels, A's seek series win after splitting two games

OAKLAND, Calif. — One team already assured of a losing trip and another hoping to avoid a losing homestand meet up for the third straight day looking for a series win when the Los Angeles Angels face the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon.

The clubs entered the series on losing streaks, and each has ended its slide with a win. The Angels prevailed 8-4 on Friday night before the A’s got even with a 6-4 win on Saturday afternoon.

The loss was the fifth in eight outings on a nine-game trip for the Angels, who will take the field Sunday without 14 players currently on the disabled list.

That number was 15 after Los Angeles lost four more guys on the eve of the series, but shortstop Andrelton Simmons returned from a sprained left ankle Saturday to anchor an Angels defense that played error-free ball in the loss.

Left-hander Andrew Heaney (3-5, 3.68 ERA) will try to send the Angels home for a six-game homestand on a winning note. If his recent pattern continues, he should be due for a strong effort.

Heaney has allowed one or no runs four times in his last eight starts, with each followed by a lesser effort in which he has been roughed up for a total of 16 runs.

He’s coming off one of the bad ones, having been bombed for five runs and seven hits in three innings of a 5-3 loss on Monday at Seattle. Monday’s outing occurred after he tossed a one-hitter June 5 against the Kansas City Royals.

Heaney has pitched well against Oakland in his career, going 2-1 with a 3.79 ERA in three starts.

He won his only previous start in Oakland, allowing three runs in seven innings in a 9-4 win in September 2015. He served up a home run to A’s catcher Josh Phegley that day.

The A’s will counter with right-hander Daniel Mengden (6-6, 3.90), who has neither an encouraging recent trend nor a history of success against the Angels.

Mengden has lasted just 8 2/3 innings in his last two starts, bombed for 12 runs and 13 hits by Texas and Houston in losses.

He has never beaten the Angels, having gone 0-2 with a 13.50 ERA in two starts.

The 25-year-old faced the Angels at home in the third game of the season in March, allowing six runs (five earned) in 5 2/3 innings of an 8-3 loss.

If there’s a positive to be taken from that game, it was that Angels third baseman Zack Cozart, currently out of the lineup with a shoulder injury, was Los Angeles’ big hitter with a double and a triple.

The A’s had hoped to take advantage of a second 10-game homestand since May 22, but have failed to do so despite opening with three wins in four games against Kansas City.

They followed that by losing four straight, three to Houston, before rallying from behind for Saturday’s win.

The club is now 4-5 on the homestand and 19-20 at home this season.

Oakland went just 4-6 on its 10-game homestand against Seattle, Arizona and Tampa Bay.

Like the Angels, the A’s featured a new look in their middle infield Saturday with the promotion of top prospect Franklin Barreto. He was recalled when third baseman Matt Chapman landed on the disabled list with a right thumb contusion.

The 22-year-old second baseman went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the win, making him 0-for-10 with six strikeouts this season.

Angels get Andrelton Simmons back, but Justin Upton forced to sit with bad back

Angels get Andrelton Simmons back, but Justin Upton forced to sit with bad back

The Angels designated reliever Oliver Drake for assignment to make room for John Lamb, who made his first start for the Angels and allowed two runs on three hits in five innings. … With Simmons returning, infielder Nolan Fontana was optioned back to triple-A Salt Lake. … Along with all the big-league injuries, starting pitcher Parker Bridwell is on the disabled list at Salt Lake because of elbow inflammation.

Sixth-inning outburst sends A's past Angels

Sixth-inning outburst sends A's past Angels

Marcus Semien ignited a four-run sixth inning with a leadoff home run and Stephen Piscotty capped it with a two-out, two-run single, sending the Oakland Athletics to a 6-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday afternoon in Oakland, Calif.

Left-hander Sean Manaea (6-6) overcame a three-run homer by the Angels’ Chris Young to pitch six effective innings, helping Oakland end a four-game losing streak and even the three-game series at 1-1 following Los Angeles’ 8-4 win on Friday.

Thanks to Young’s homer, his fourth of the season, the Angels took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth before the A’s finally got to Los Angeles starter John Lamb and reliever Noe Ramirez (2-3).

Semien smacked Lamb’s fourth pitch of the inning over the fence in center field for his sixth homer of the season, trimming the Oakland deficit to 3-2.

That was it for Lamb, who was making his first big-league start since 2016. The left-hander went five-plus innings, allowing two runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out five.

Ramirez hit two of the first four batters he faced — Chad Pinder and Matt Olson — and mixed in a walk to Khris Davis, loading the bases with one out.

After getting a second out, Ramirez walked Jonathan Lucroy to force in the game-tying run, after which Piscotty delivered his difference-making single that put Oakland ahead to stay at 5-3.

The A’s added a run in the seventh on a triple by Pinder and an RBI single by Jed Lowrie, then held on as closer Blake Treinen walked Mike Trout and Luis Pujols to open the ninth with a three-run lead.

Facing the potential tying run, Treinen got Martin Maldonado to fly out and then struck out Young, before pinch-hitter Jose Fernandez singled in Trout to get the Angels within 6-4.

Treinen then wrapped up his 15th save by inducing Luis Valbuena to ground out to second to end the game with the potential tying runs aboard.

A’s relievers Yusmeiro Petit, Lou Trivino and Treinen combined for three innings of one-run ball after Manaea had gone the first six, allowing three runs and four hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Pinder collected a home run, a triple and a single on a 3-for-3 day, and also scored three runs and drove in one for the A’s, who improved to 4-5 on their 10-game homestand that ends Sunday.

Pinder’s homer, which opened the game’s scoring in the fourth inning, was his sixth of the season.

Young had the only extra-base hit for the Angels, who have lost five of six.

His fifth-inning homer followed singles by Pujols and Martin Maldonado after Manaea had retired the first 12 batters he faced.

Each team finished with six hits.

–Field Level Media

Manaea survives rough fifth inning, A's beat Angels 6-4

Manaea survives rough fifth inning, A's beat Angels 6-4

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Oakland Athletics’ Chad Pinder, bottom, slides into third base with a triple as Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher, left, and Athletics third base coach Matt Williams look on during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Piscotty hit a tiebreaking, two-run single with two outs in the sixth inning and the Oakland Athletics held on to beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-4 on Saturday.

Chad Pinder homered and tripled, Marcus Semien also went deep and Jonathan Lucroy drew a bases-loaded walk to help Oakland end its season-high four-game losing streak.

Sean Manaea (6-6) pitched four-hit ball and allowed three runs over six innings. The left-hander retired the first 12 batters, stumbled through a shaky fifth, then recovered for his first win in more than a month.

Chris Young, a late replacement after Angels left fielder Justin Upton was scratched from the starting lineup 40 minutes before first pitch, hit a three-run home run for Los Angeles.

The A’s had lost six straight and 12 of 13 to AL West teams before rallying to beat the Angels for only the third time this season.

Semien homered leading off the sixth to chase Los Angeles starter John Lamb. Reliever Noe Ramirez (2-3) hit Pinder with a pitch, retired Jed Lowrie on a fly out, then walked Khris Davis before hitting Matt Olson to load the bases.

Ramirez struck out pinch-hitter Dustin Fowler but Lucroy walked to force in the tying. Piscotty then lined a 1-1 pitch to center, scoring Davis and Olson.

Lowrie added an RBI single in the seventh.

Yusmeiro Petit and Lou Trivino retired three players apiece. A’s closer Blake Treinen gave up a two-out RBI single to pinch-hitter Jose Fernandez in the ninth but got Luis Valbuena to ground out for his 15th save.

Young homered in the fifth following back-to-back singles by Albert Pujols and Martin Maldonado. It was Young’s second home run in four days after hitting two through his first 42 games.

Lamb pitched into the sixth inning and allowed a pair of solo home runs in his first start since July 16, 2016. He struck out five and walked one. The 27-year-old left-hander missed 50 games last season after testing positive for drugs while in the minors.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: Upton was a late scratch due to lower back stiffness.

Athletics: Third baseman Matt Chapman was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a bruised right hand and will meet with hand specialist Dr. Steven Shin on Monday in Los Angeles. Chapman took infield practice before the game but did not throw. . LHP Brett Anderson threw 30 pitches in the bullpen.

UP NEXT

Lefty Andrew Heaney (3-5, 3.68 ERA) starts for the Angels in the series finale Sunday at the Coliseum. Right-hander Daniel Mengden (6-6, 3.90) starts for the A’s.