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A's outlast Angels on Moss' walk-off HR in 19th inning

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Brandon Moss and the Oakland Athletics played 6½ hours of baseball before walking off with one tiring victory

Moss hit his second home run of the night with two outs in the bottom of the 19th inning to give the Athletics a 10-8 victory against the Los Angeles Angels early Tuesday in the longest major-league game of the season.

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"It was a crazy game and I'm glad it's over," Moss said. "That was exhausting, it really was."

The teams were on the field for 6 hours, 32 minutes in a marathon game that ended at 1:41 a.m. on the West Coast. By time, it was the longest game ever played in Oakland -- and the longest in Angels history.

Oakland slugger Yoenis Cespedes singled off the left-center wall against closer Ernesto Frieri to drive in the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

Los Angeles went ahead 8-7 in the 15th on Brett Anderson's bases-loaded walk to J.B. Shuck, but the A's tied it in the bottom half on Adam Rosales' two-out single off Jerome Williams after a costly error by Angels first baseman Albert Pujols.

Pujols homered twice earlier in the game and finished with four hits and three RBI. Mark Trumbo also went deep for the Angels and added a two-run double.

As the game dragged on deep into the night, fans who remained in the scattered crowd of 11,668 chanted the names of Oakland's radio announcers, Ray Fosse and Ken Korach. One player in the Angels dugout wore a rally cap folded in half, with the bill sticking straight up like a mohawk.

But it was the A's who finally pulled it out on Moss' two-run shot.

"It's one of those things where you just want to quit, but at the same time you don't want to lose so you're not going to quit," Moss said. "You just keep fighting through and keep hoping they throw a ball into your bat. I don't even know how I hit it. I was so late on everything after the 10th inning on. If it was thigh-high or up I couldn't catch it, so I was just trying to get anything down in the zone. Both teams tonight battled so hard."

Seth Smith drew a leadoff walk from Barry Enright (0-1) in the 19th and, two outs later, Moss drove an 0-1 pitch to right for his fourth home run of the year.

Josh Hamilton jumped in vain at the fence, but the ball sailed well beyond his reach.

"You're always going to have your share of frustrating games over the course of a season. This one was extremely frustrating," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "Everybody gave it everything they had. It's frustrating when you don't put the outs together to hold the lead."

Enright, normally a starter, was called up from the minors Thursday and was making his first big league appearance of the season.

Jerry Blevins (2-0) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the victory.

"Good game to win, bad game to lose," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "I mean, we exhausted everything we had, obviously. Blevins probably has one more inning, then you might be looking at Seth Smith on the mound."

It was the longest game in the majors since the Pittsburgh Pirates won 6-3 in 19 innings at St. Louis on Aug. 19 last year, according to STATS. But it wasn't the only baseball marathon of the night.

The Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 4-3 in 15 innings in a game that took 5 hours, 31 minutes, and ended about 12:45 a.m. on the East Coast.

Turned out, that was a breeze compared to what the Angels and A's had in store.

And all that baseball took a toll on both teams.

Angels center fielder Peter Bourjos was removed with a strained left hamstring and is headed to the disabled list. Third baseman Luis Jimenez came out with a bruised left shin.

Oakland lost center fielder Coco Crisp to a strained left hamstring and outfielder Chris Young to a strained left quadriceps.

Brett Anderson was originally scheduled to start for the A's but was scratched with a sore right ankle in favor of Dan Straily. Anderson entered to start the 13th and pitched 5 1/3 innings before hobbling off the field with an apparent foot injury.

Blevins, the last reliever in the Oakland bullpen, was given as much time as he needed to warm up. He retired Mike Trout and Pujols to end the top of the 18th inning.

Moss hit a solo home run in the sixth and the A's scored four times in the eighth, two on Josh Donaldson's single, to close the gap to 7-6.

Angels reliever Jerome Williams did not allow an earned in six innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out two.

Tommy Hanson pitched six strong innings for Los Angeles, allowing two runs and five hits. He walked one and struck out a season-high six in his first start since being activated from the bereavement list.

Called up to fill in for Anderson, Straily lasted 4 2/3 innings. He gave up six runs on seven hits, walked one and struck out six.

Pujols hit a home run for the first time in three weeks, when he also hit two at Texas on April 7, a span of 74 at-bats. He had three hits in his previous 31 at-bats.

Hanson pitched for the first time in 10 days. He extended his scoreless innings streak to 11 before allowing a run in the fourth.

Pujols connected with two outs in the first and Trumbo led off the second with his fourth of the season. He hit it with such force -- the drive was estimated at 475 feet -- that every A's player remained stationary, not even bothering with a cursory glance.

John Jaso's RBI single brought the A's to 2-1, but the Angels rallied for four runs in the fifth, with Pujols and Hamilton driving in runs and Trumbo knocking in two with a double. Pujols connected again in the seventh.

Bourjos went 0 for 4, was hit by a pitch and added a sacrifice bunt, ending his 10-game hitting streak. He was injured running out the bunt in the 10th.

"It stinks to play this long into the night and come out on the wrong end," Bourjos said.

Notes

  • Angels INF Erick Aybar (bruised left heel) had two hits, a double and a home run, in his first rehab appearance with Triple-A Salt Lake.
  • RHP Mark Lowe (neck strain) and INF Alberto Callaspo (tight right calf) will start a rehab assignment with Inland Empire on Tuesday.
  • RHP Garrett Richards (1-1, 3.65 ERA) starts Tuesday night for the Angels against RHP Jarrod Parker (0-4, 8.10), whose four losses match an Oakland record for April.
  • Donaldson was chosen AL player of the week.
  • Pujols had his 46th career multihomer game.
  • RHP Jesse Chavez was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento to make room for Straily.
 
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A weary Albert Pujols can only watch as Brandon Moss celebrates his second home run, which ends the game on the 597th pitch.  (USATSI)
A weary Albert Pujols can only watch as Brandon Moss celebrates his second home run, which ends the game on the 597th pitch. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Oakland

B. Moss
AB 8
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 3
Los Angeles

A. Pujols
AB 8
R 3
H 4
HR 2
RBI 3
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Peter Bourjos, CF4100021 .313
    J.B. Shuck, LF2011100 .429
Mike Trout, LF-CF8110125 .252
Albert Pujols, 1B8343101 .265
Josh Hamilton, RF8001034 .202
Mark Trumbo, DH8133120 .302
Howie Kendrick, 2B9020022 .283
Brendan Harris, SS-3B9120023 .264
Chris Iannetta, C6000221 .225
Luis Jimenez, 3B3110011 .273
    Andrew Romine, SS5010023 .130
Totals708158618  
Batting
2B - Mark Trumbo (8, Straily), Brendan Harris (4, Anderson)
HR - Albert Pujols 2 (4, Straily, Neshek), Mark Trumbo (4, Straily)
SF - Josh Hamilton (3)
SH - Peter Bourjos (4)
RBI - J.B. Shuck (2), Albert Pujols 3 (16), Josh Hamilton (9), Mark Trumbo 3 (15)
2-OUT RBI - J.B. Shuck (2), Albert Pujols (6), Mark Trumbo 2 (8)
Fielding
PB - Chris Iannetta (2)
E - Brendan Harris (2, Interference), Albert Pujols (2, Missed catch of throw)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson 6522161 3.91
Michael Roth 1333000 9.31
Dane De La Rosa (H,3) 0.2111110 2.92
Scott Downs0100000 2.53
Ernesto Frieri (BS,1) 1.1111120 2.53
Jerome Williams 6410220 1.69
Michael Kohn 2000040 4.50
Barry Enright (L,0-1) 1.2122121 10.80
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 98-64, Michael Roth 23-13, Dane De La Rosa 11-5, Scott Downs 4-2, Ernesto Frieri 27-17, Jerome Williams 74-45, Michael Kohn 31-20, Barry Enright 28-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 6-6, Michael Roth 3-0, Dane De La Rosa 1-0, Jerome Williams 8-7, Michael Kohn 1-1, Barry Enright 1-2
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 24, Michael Roth 6, Dane De La Rosa 4, Scott Downs 1, Ernesto Frieri 6, Jerome Williams 23, Michael Kohn 6, Barry Enright 7
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF6210110 .283
    Nate Freiman, 1B2000001 .148
Seth Smith, DH-LF8020120 .312
Jed Lowrie, SS9221012 .333
Yoenis Cespedes, LF-CF8111143 .208
Brandon Moss, 1B-RF8333144 .298
Josh Donaldson, 3B7132110 .327
John Jaso, C2011012 .273
   a- Derek Norris, PH-C5100114 .256
Josh Reddick, RF3000002 .147
   b- Chris Young, PH-RF^CF4021002 .172
Eric Sogard, 2B2000012 .231
   c- Adam Rosales, PH-2B6011003 .250
Totals71101610617  
a-grounded out for Jaso in the 7th
b-singled for Reddick in the 8th
c-grounded out for Sogard in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jed Lowrie (11, Williams)
3B - Chris Young (1, Williams)
HR - Brandon Moss 2 (4, Hanson, Enright)
RBI - Jed Lowrie (15), Yoenis Cespedes (10), Brandon Moss 3 (19), Josh Donaldson 2 (20), John Jaso (10), Chris Young (15), Adam Rosales (1)
2-OUT RBI - Yoenis Cespedes (1), Brandon Moss 3 (11), John Jaso (4), Chris Young (5), Adam Rosales (1)
SB - Coco Crisp (8, 3rd base off Frieri/Iannetta), Brandon Moss (1, 2nd base off Hanson/Iannetta), Josh Donaldson (2, 2nd base off Hanson/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Brandon Moss 1, Josh Reddick 1
E - Jed Lowrie (5, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Straily 4.2766162 6.35
Pat Neshek 2.1111121 3.18
Chris Resop 1.2100110 4.26
Sean Doolittle 0.1000010 1.80
Grant Balfour 2200120 2.45
Ryan Cook 1000010 2.08
Brett Anderson 5.1311250 6.21
Jerry Blevins (W,2-0) 1.2100000 1.65
IBB - Pujols by Grant Balfour, Iannetta by Brett Anderson
HBP - Bourjos (by Dan Straily)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 87-54, Pat Neshek 24-17, Chris Resop 32-18, Sean Doolittle 4-3, Grant Balfour 31-20, Ryan Cook 11-8, Brett Anderson 78-49, Jerry Blevins 25-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 3-5, Pat Neshek 1-4, Chris Resop 1-3, Grant Balfour 1-3, Ryan Cook 2-0, Brett Anderson 7-4, Jerry Blevins 3-2
Batters Faced - Dan Straily 23, Pat Neshek 9, Chris Resop 7, Sean Doolittle 1, Grant Balfour 9, Ryan Cook 3, Brett Anderson 21, Jerry Blevins 6
Game Information
Attendance - 11668
Game Time - 6:32
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Victor Carapazza, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Lance Barksdale