Wednesday's game between the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels ended up being quite a roller coaster, but in a very good way. The A's overcame a couple deficits to hold on for a huge 9-8 win and move a game and a half ahead of the Angels in the American League West. They now hold sole possession of second place in the division and gained a game on their Southern California opponents by taking two out of three games at O.co Coliseum.
Kendrys Morales lofted a home run to right field in the top of the second, but the 1-0 lead only lasted until the bottom of the inning. The A's answered back with a two-run George Kottaras homer off of starter Zack Greinke. RBI singles from Brandon Moss and Josh Reddick quickly made it 4-1 Oakland.
Chris Iannetta cut the Oakland lead by a run when he led off the third with a homer. In the fifth inning, home runs from Torii Hunter and Morales gave the Angels a 5-4 lead.
Greinke turned the ball over to the bullpen in the bottom of the sixth and LaTroy Hawkins promptly gave up five runs on a Coco Crisp double, Yoenis Cespedes two-run single and a mammoth two-run homer from Chris Carter that put the A's back on top, 9-5.
Mark Trumbo launched his 29th home run in the seventh. The Angels were able to get two more runs in the top of the ninth with a two-out, two-run single from Howie Kendrick, but Erick Aybar grounded out to end the game.
The A's are certainly feeling great as they hit the road. They'll start a series against the Chicago White Sox on Friday.
The Oakland Athletics had analysts saying they weren't for real after dropping the first game of their series against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. On Tuesday, they made quite a statement as they out-slugged the fearsome Los Angeles lineup in a 10-4 win.
Jonny Gomes got things started by hitting a one-out solo home run in the first inning. In the third inning, two runs came home on a bases-loaded fielding error that seemed like a sure-fire double play, Adam Rosales hit a sacrifice fly and Jemile Weeks tripled in a run to make it a quick 5-0 in favor of Oakland. Gomes added another RBI single in the fifth and Derek Norris and Rosales hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth to make it 9-0.
Maicer Izturis finally hit an RBI single in the seventh to make it 9-1 A's, but Josh Reddick belted his 25th home run of the season to get that run right back.
Mike Trout led off the eighth with his 20th home run of the year but the next three Angels went down in order. The Halos proved tough to kill, as Alberto Callaspo hit a two-run homer in the top of the ninth, but 10-4 would be as close as the Angels could get.
Bartolo Colon gave up one run on four hits and no walks in seven innings of work to improve to 9-8.
On Monday, the Oakland Athletics kicked off an important three-game series against their division rivals the Los Angeles Angels. The A's ran into a brick wall in the form of Los Angeles ace Jered Weaver as they were shut out by a final score of 4-0.
They added two more runs on a single from Torii Hunter in the seventh inning, which was more than enough run support for Weaver.
Wever struck out nine A's batters in the four-hit, complete game shutout. Oakland starter Jarrod Parker allowed all four runs in 6.2 innings on nine hits and a walk. With the loss, the A's fall to third place in the American League West.