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L.A. Angels (74-78) «0000000201550
Oakland (89-63)0400000000481

Clutch Hamilton powers Angels past A's in 11 innings

CBSSports.com wire reports
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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Josh Hamilton has had a good final month to the season. He hopes it spills over into next year.

Hamilton hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth inning then put the Angels ahead with a sacrifice fly in the 11th, leading Los Angeles past the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Wednesday.

"I feel like I am having good at-bats even if the results aren't always there," Hamilton said. "If I can build off this last month of quality at-bats, it would be good."

Hamilton connected against Grant Balfour, who blew his third save of the season. Jesse Chavez (2-4) was the loser.

Mike Trout connected for a two-run home run for the Angels, who won for the fourth time in five games.

"No matter how long you've been playing, you're going to have confidence issues," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Hamilton. "We're seeing it all come together the last month. He's a terrific player who has struggled at times earlier in the season."

Coco Crisp and Yoenis Cespedes each hit two-run home runs for the A's, who lost for the third time in 12 games. But they have a six-game lead over Texas in the AL West. The Rangers play at Tampa Bay.

Juan Gutierrez (1-4) pitched the 10th for the victory. Ernesto Frieri worked the 11th for his 35th save in 39 chances.

A's starter A.J. Griffin gave up Trout's home run with one out in the first. He retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced.

"He's good at baseball," Griffin said of Trout. "I was trying to get him to miss hit, but he got it."

Griffin allowed two runs on one hit. He walked two and struck out six.

"I'm able to repeat my delivery more often," Griffin said. "I can get the ball and let it fly."

Angels starter Jason Vargas allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out five.

"I felt good most of the day," Vargas said. "I left a changeup and fastball up to some guys who have hit a few long balls."

J.B. Shuck doubled leading off the 11th against Chavez. Josh Donaldson mishandled Erick Aybar's sacrifice bunt for an error, putting runners on first and third. After Trout flew out, Hamilton followed with a towering drive to the warning track in left field against Jerry Blevins that put the Angels ahead 5-4.

"I wasn't trying to do too much except get it to the outfield," Hamilton said.

Following Jed Lowrie's single leading off the fifth, the A's were held to one hit the rest of the way.

Griffin, who gave up his major league-leading 35th homer, faced three over the minimum. He walked leadoff hitter Shuck and got Aybar to fly out to center ahead of Trout's 26th home run. The only other baserunner was Mark Trumbo, who walked with two outs in the fourth.

Vargas hit Donaldson, who delivered the winning hit Tuesday night, sparking a warning to both teams from home plate umpire Jerry Meals.

Donaldson waved it off.

"Trout got hit pretty good last night," he said. "He might not have been throwing at me. Watching tape it looks like he comes inside to set up other pitches."

Josh Reddick led off the third with a single. One out later, Crisp tied the score with a drive over the left field wall. Donaldson flew out but Lowrie followed with a single ahead of Cespedes' 24th home run.

Notes

Trout homered in all three games of the series, the first time he has hit a home run in three straight. ... INF Grant Green started at 2B as the Angels look for ways to get him experience around the infield. He's likely to get time at third, but not this season. ... Angels INF Howie Kendrick was given a scheduled day off. ... The Angels are 7-0-1 in their last eight series. ... RHP Jered Weaver (10-8, 3.36) will make the start for the Angels in Seattle on Friday. He's 13-8 in 27 games against the Mariners. ... RHP Dan Straily (10-7, 4.11) starts for the A's when they open a series against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night. He's won his last four starts. ... Crews were still cleaning up the mess left by Tuesday night's sewage problem in the A's dugout. ... A's owner Lew Wolff talked to the media beforehand about the playoff situation and extra seating available with the third level tarp being removed.

 
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Josh Hamilton knocks a two-run homer in the ninth off A's closer Grant Balfour to send the game into extra innings.  (USATSI)
Josh Hamilton knocks a two-run homer in the ninth off A's closer Grant Balfour to send the game into extra innings. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Hamilton
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Oakland

Y. Cespedes
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
J.B. Shuck, LF4210101 .296
   Collin Cowgill, LF0000000 .204
Erick Aybar, SS4110011 .270
Mike Trout, CF5112013 .330
Josh Hamilton, DH4113010 .245
Mark Trumbo, 1B3000210 .240
Kole Calhoun, RF5000013 .289
Chris Iannetta, C4000010 .226
Andrew Romine, 3B4010020 .247
Grant Green, 2B2000000 .254
   a-Hank Conger, PH1000001 .261
   Tommy Field, 2B1000000 .130
Jason Vargas, P0000000 .000
   Cory Rasmus, P0000000 .000
   Buddy Boshers, P0000000 .000
   J.C. Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
Totals3755538  
a-flied out for Green in the 8th
Batting
2B - J.B. Shuck (20, J. Chavez)
HR - Mike Trout (26, Griffin), Josh Hamilton (21, Balfour)
SF - Josh Hamilton (9)
SH - Erick Aybar (7)
RBI - Mike Trout 2 (92), Josh Hamilton 3 (72)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - J.B. Shuck 1
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jason Vargas 6744252 4.28
Cory Rasmus 2100020 5.40
Buddy Boshers 1000000 3.55
J.C. Gutierrez (W,1-4) 1000120 3.98
Ernesto Frieri (S,35) 1000000 3.62
HBP - Donaldson (by Jason Vargas)
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Vargas 109-69, Cory Rasmus 20-13, Buddy Boshers 9-5, J.C. Gutierrez 19-12, Ernesto Frieri 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Vargas 4-8, Cory Rasmus 2-2
Batters Faced - Jason Vargas 27, Cory Rasmus 7, Buddy Boshers 3, J.C. Gutierrez 4, Ernesto Frieri 3
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Coco Crisp, CF5112000 .255
Josh Donaldson, 3B3000112 .302
Jed Lowrie, SS5120022 .285
Yoenis Cespedes, DH5122022 .243
Derek Norris, C3000122 .240
   a-Stephen Vogt, PH-C1000011 .263
Chris Young, LF4010013 .203
   b-Brandon Moss, PH1000000 .257
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4010001 .250
   Eric Sogard, 2B1000000 .265
Josh Reddick, RF5110001 .215
Daric Barton, 1B3000101 .250
A.J. Griffin, P0000000 .000
   Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
   Grant Balfour, P0000000 .000
   Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000 .000
   Pat Neshek, P0000000 .000
   Brett Anderson, P0000000 .000
Totals4048439  
a-struck out for Norris in the 10th
b-flied out for Young in the 11th
Batting
HR - Coco Crisp (20, Vargas), Yoenis Cespedes (24, Vargas)
RBI - Coco Crisp 2 (59), Yoenis Cespedes 2 (76)
2-OUT RBI - Yoenis Cespedes 2 (22)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Josh Donaldson (15, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
A.J. Griffin 6122261 3.78
Dan Otero (H,8) 2100010 1.47
Grant Balfour (BS,3) 1222001 2.72
Jesse Chavez (L,2-4) 1.1110010 4.22
Jerry Blevins 0.1000000 3.42
Pat Neshek 0000100 3.40
Brett Anderson 0.1000000 6.35
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Griffin 90-54, Dan Otero 23-15, Grant Balfour 17-11, Jesse Chavez 17-11, Jerry Blevins 3-3, Pat Neshek 4-0, Brett Anderson 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Griffin 5-7, Dan Otero 3-2, Grant Balfour 1-2, Jesse Chavez 1-3, Brett Anderson 1-0
Batters Faced - A.J. Griffin 21, Dan Otero 7, Grant Balfour 5, Jesse Chavez 6, Jerry Blevins 1, Pat Neshek 1, Brett Anderson 1
Game Information
Attendance - 20260
Game Time - 3:19
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Gary Darling