Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Brandon Moss' two-run homer in the bottom of
the 19th inning was his second of the game and lifted the Oakland Athletics to
a 10-8 win over the LA Angels of Anaheim in the opener of a three-game set.
Seth Smith worked a leadoff walk against Barry Enright (0-1) and Moss smacked
a no-doubt shot onto the stairs in right-center two batters later for
Oakland's third walk-off victory of the year in its longest game in franchise
Jerry Blevins (2-0) worked 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball to earn the win.
The Angels' J.B. Shuck worked a bases-loaded walk in the top of the 15th, but
Adam Rosales' RBI single in the home half knotted the game at 8-8.
Josh Donaldson drove in two for the Athletics, who had dropped nine of their
past 11 games.
Albert Pujols had two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored, while Mark
Trumbo hit a solo home run and drove in three for the Angels, who have lost
six of eight.
Pujols drove a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left with two outs in the first, and
Trumbo led off the second with his fourth homer of the year as the Angels
grabbed a 2-0 lead.
Oakland got a run back in the fourth off of John Jaso's RBI single that plated
Donaldson, but the Angels padded their lead with a big fifth inning.
With one out, Luis Jimenez beat out an infield single, Peter Bourjos was hit
by a pitch and Mike Trout singled to load the bags. Pujols then brought in one
with a single, Josh Hamilton followed with a sac fly and Trumbo made it a 6-1
game with a two-run double.
Moss hit a solo home run in the sixth, but Pujols smacked his second of the
game in the seventh for a 7-2 advantage.
The A's got back into the game with a four-run eighth. The first three batters
of the inning singled, with Jed Lowrie's base hit scoring one and bringing
Dane De La Rossa to the mound. After loading the bases, Moss hit into a 3-2
forceout, but Donaldson followed with a two-run single to center.
Derek Norris then struck out and Scott Downs took the mound to face Chris
Young, who made it a 7-6 game with a single up the middle.
Closer Ernesto Frieri then took the mound and got Rosales to fly out and
end the frame.
He couldn't close the game out, though, as Coco Crisp drew a leadoff walk,
moved to second on a fly out by Smith and later came home when Yoenis
Cespedes hit a long single high off the left-center wall.
Oakland swept a three-game set in Anaheim earlier in April ... A's starter Dan
Straily was touched for six runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts
over 4 2/3 frames ... Angels starter Tommy Hanson gave up two runs on five
hits with a walk and six strikeouts over six innings of work ... Bourjos
exited the contest in the 11th inning after pulling up lame with an apparent
left hamstring injury at first base following a bunt attempt.
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