Oakland at Los Angeles

Athletics overcome Trout's home run, beat Angels in 11

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Even after every momentum swing, dramatic hit and terrible relief performance in an 11-inning game, the Oakland Athletics still were unshakably confident somebody would pull them through.

Josh Donaldson and Jim Johnson stepped up and got it done.

Donaldson drove in Jed Lowrie with an 11th-inning double, and the A's overcame Mike Trout's tying home run in the ninth for a 10-9 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

The AL-leading A's have won four straight and eight of nine largely because of their strength in tough situations, a product of back-to-back playoff appearances. Even Trout's dramatic two-run shot off Sean Doolittle didn't shake Oakland's belief.

"It seemed like it was only a matter of time before we put a run across and figured out how to get a win," Doolittle said. "We've been playing great this whole road trip, and we scrapped and clawed and came from behind. There's a sense in this clubhouse that if the game is close or tied, we're going to figure out a way to get it done. Who's it going to be this time?"

Lowrie led off the 11th with a single against Yoslan Herrera (0-1), and Donaldson hit a sharp grounder inside third base.

Johnson (2-2) pitched two gritty innings for Oakland, getting Howie Kendrick on a groundout with Trout and Albert Pujols in scoring position to end the A's 15th victory in 21 games at Angel Stadium.

"It was one of the first times all year that our starting pitching struggled," Donaldson said. "The ninth inning happened, but we were able to come back and get it. Our pitching and defense have been doing really well this year, and tonight it was our offense picking them up."

Both teams erased late three-run deficits during two dismal bullpen performances. The Angels trailed 9-6 in the eighth after leading 6-3 heading to the seventh.

"It felt like three different games," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "We got behind early and came roaring back again, but give them credit. The momentum shifts go back and forth, and it comes down to will."

Brandon Moss, Alberto Callaspo and pinch-hitter Derek Norris had RBI singles during a four-run eighth for the A's. One night after Angels closer Ernesto Frieri blew a one-run lead, newcomer Joe Smith squandered a 6-5 advantage by giving up four runs, three hits and two walks without getting an out.

"I was absolutely terrible out there," Smith said. "There's no other way to say it. That's as bad as I've ever performed. We've got to get some stuff figured out, as far as the late innings go in the bullpen. I mean, it's no secret right now. Me and Ernie, we've got to win those games -- especially against this team."

The Angels' third loss in four games came with more bad news: Leadoff hitter Kole Calhoun is headed to the disabled list after turning his right ankle while running out a grounder in the 11th inning.

Smith even blamed himself for Calhoun's injury.

"When one of your guys goes down in the late innings, where if you just do your job, the game is over and he doesn't get hurt, and we have one more guy healthy, that's what hurts the worst," he said.

David Freese had an RBI single in the eighth for Los Angeles, and Calhoun led off the ninth with a double off Doolittle. Trout, who had three hits and drove in three runs, tied it with a no-doubt shot to left, his fifth home run of the season and the Angels' major league-best 23rd of the year.

Chris Iannetta had a two-run double for the Angels, who chased Dan Straily in the fourth inning before the bullpen gave it all back.

Straily was the first A's starter to give up more than three earned runs all season, yielding seven hits and six runs. The right-hander gave up more than three runs for the first time in nine starts since last Aug. 28.

Garrett Richards pitched seven innings of eight-hit ball for the Angels, but Smith's meltdown denied him his third victory.


Pujols went 0 for 5, snapping his 10-game hitting streak. ... Iannetta stole his first base since Sept. 4, 2012, on a botched pitchout by Oakland. ... Manager Mike Scioscia said hitting coach Don Baylor could be back with the Angels in a limited pregame capacity when they return from a lengthy road trip later this month. Baylor broke his leg on opening day and isn't likely to be in the dugout during games for several weeks.

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Oakland's Josh Donaldson connects on the double that drives in the deciding run in the 11th inning. (Getty Images)
Oakland's Josh Donaldson connects on the double that drives in the deciding run in the 11th inning. (Getty Images)

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Oakland Athletics
John Jaso, C5001013 .258
   Daric Barton, 1B1000002 .077
Jed Lowrie, SS5231113 .262
Josh Donaldson, 3B6131012 .266
Brandon Moss, 1B-RF6111033 .280
Yoenis Cespedes, LF5110122 .236
Alberto Callaspo, DH5011120 .368
Josh Reddick, RF1200200 .098
   a-Derek Norris, PH-C3022002 .286
Craig Gentry, CF4230100 .444
Eric Sogard, 2B4122003 .226
   b-Coco Crisp, PH1000002 .292
   Nick Punto, 2B0000000 .238
Dan Straily, P0000000 .000
   Drew Pomeranz, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
   Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
   Jim Johnson, P0000000 .000
a-singled for Reddick in the 8th
b-flied out for Sogard in the 10th
2B - Jed Lowrie 2 (3, Richards), Josh Donaldson (4, Herrera), Yoenis Cespedes (4, Richards)
RBI - John Jaso (3), Jed Lowrie (6), Josh Donaldson (9), Brandon Moss (12), Alberto Callaspo (5), Derek Norris 2 (6), Eric Sogard 2 (2)
Team LOB - 9
E - Josh Donaldson (2, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Dan Straily 3.2766131 5.40
Drew Pomeranz 2.2000120 1.35
Ryan Cook 1011110 3.00
Dan Otero (H,1) 0.2200020 1.35
Sean Doolittle (BS,1) 1222011 3.12
Jim Johnson (W,2-2) 2100110 7.56
IBB - Pujols by Jim Johnson
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Straily 67-43, Drew Pomeranz 41-22, Ryan Cook 16-8, Dan Otero 17-13, Sean Doolittle 25-18, Jim Johnson 21-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Straily 4-4, Drew Pomeranz 3-3, Ryan Cook 1-1, Sean Doolittle 1-2, Jim Johnson 5-0
Batters Faced - Dan Straily 19, Drew Pomeranz 9, Ryan Cook 4, Dan Otero 4, Sean Doolittle 6, Jim Johnson 8
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
Kole Calhoun, RF6332001 .250
Mike Trout, CF6233020 .317
Albert Pujols, 1B5000101 .237
Raul Ibanez, DH6000021 .163
Howie Kendrick, 2B5121102 .241
J.B. Shuck, LF5110013 .273
David Freese, 3B4121020 .170
   Collin Cowgill, PR0000000 .333
   Hank Conger, C1000010 .278
Chris Iannetta, C1112200 .152
   a-Ian Stewart, PH-3B2000012 .176
Erick Aybar, SS5000015 .191
Garrett Richards, P0000000 .000
   Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   Jose Alvarez, P0000000 .000
   Michael Kohn, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
   Yoslan Herrera, P0000000 .000
a-struck out for Iannetta in the 8th
2B - Kole Calhoun (4, Doolittle), Mike Trout (3, Straily), Chris Iannetta (3, Straily)
HR - Kole Calhoun (3, Straily), Mike Trout (5, Doolittle)
RBI - Kole Calhoun 2 (6), Mike Trout 3 (10), Howie Kendrick (6), David Freese (4), Chris Iannetta 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Kole Calhoun 2 (4), Howie Kendrick (3)
SB - Mike Trout (1, 2nd base off Johnson/Norris), Chris Iannetta (1, 2nd base off Straily/Jaso)
Team LOB - 8
Outfield Assists - Kole Calhoun 2
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
Garrett Richards 7855250 2.84
Joe Smith (BS,1) 0344200 6.00
Jose Alvarez 0100000 0.00
Michael Kohn 1000110 2.70
Fernando Salas 1000010 4.05
Ernesto Frieri 1200010 5.68
Yoslan Herrera (L,0-1) 1211120 4.50
IBB - Callaspo by Yoslan Herrera
WP - Garrett Richards (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Garrett Richards 91-53, Joe Smith 21-9, Jose Alvarez 1-1, Michael Kohn 23-13, Fernando Salas 13-9, Ernesto Frieri 21-16, Yoslan Herrera 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Garrett Richards 9-4, Michael Kohn 1-1, Fernando Salas 1-1
Batters Faced - Garrett Richards 28, Joe Smith 5, Jose Alvarez 1, Michael Kohn 4, Fernando Salas 3, Ernesto Frieri 5, Yoslan Herrera 6
Game Information
Attendance - 34887
Game Time - 4:12
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Chris Segal, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Todd Tichenor, Third Base - Tim Welke