Oakland at Los Angeles

Final 14th
Los Angeles
W: C. Rasmus (2-0) L: J. Francis (0-2)
HR: OAK - None   LAA - C. Cowgill (5)

Angels beat Athletics in 14th on Cowgill's walk-off home run

CBSSports.com wire reports

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- About two hours after Yoenis Cespedes made a defensive play for the ages, Collin Cowgill decided not to watch while the Oakland left fielder chased after his long drive in the 14th inning.

Cespedes couldn't do a thing about this one as Cowgill delivered another resilient victory for the Los Angeles Angels.

Cowgill hit a two-out homer, and the Angels outlasted the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive victory.

The Angels bounced back after Cespedes kept it tied in the eighth with a throw that will be a fixture on highlight reels for years, cutting down Howie Kendrick at the plate with a 300-foot heave on the fly from deep down the left-field line.

After five ensuing scoreless innings, Cowgill abruptly connected against Jeff Francis (0-1), driving a two-strike pitch just over Cespedes' head into the bullpens beyond left field.

"I was just hoping it had enough on it to get it over his head," said Cowgill, who had three hits. "That guy has made some incredible plays on us the last couple of times."

Josh Hamilton drove in Mike Trout in the sixth for the Angels, who trimmed Oakland's lead in the AL West to 2½ games.

The Angels could have ended it earlier, but Albert Pujols and Kendrick both were thrown out at the plate -- although it was tough to blame Kendrick after Cespedes made his mind-boggling throw in the eighth.

"He's capable of doing just about anything on the baseball field, and that's just another example," said Jed Lowrie, who drove in Oakland's only run.

The Cuban left fielder bobbled Trout's double and chased it down before his soaring throw went straight to catcher Derek Norris to nip Kendrick, who had already rounded third when Cespedes released it.

"When that ball rolled to the corner, I thought Howie was going to score standing up," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "He threw a guided missile that was right on the money."

Cory Rasmus (2-0) pitched two hitless innings for Los Angeles' maligned bullpen, which yielded one run in eight excellent innings even without closer Ernesto Frieri, who had pitched in four consecutive games.

Nick Punto doubled and scored on Lowrie's sacrifice fly in the eighth for the AL-leading A's, who have lost four of six.

"Hey, what can you do?" manager Bob Melvin said. "They played as hard as they could, both teams did. After a while, everybody is trying to win it with one swing. Unfortunately, we weren't at our best today offensively."

Pitching and defense dominated the latest meeting of California's division rivals. Neither starting pitcher allowed a runner into scoring position until the sixth.

Hector Santiago struck out eight during six innings of three-hit ball in his first start in five weeks for the Angels. Drew Pomeranz pitched seven innings of four-hit ball for the A's, allowing only an unearned run.

The Angels got a terrific fill-in start from Santiago, recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake after Tyler Skaggs went on the disabled list. Santiago lost his spot in Los Angeles' rotation May 7 after going 0-6, but the Angels' offseason acquisition from the White Sox limited powerful Oakland to three singles and one walk.

"I had clean mechanics and felt like everything was smooth," Santiago said. "That's what I went down there to work on, and the results came out."

Santiago faced no real trouble until the sixth, when he struck out Josh Donaldson to strand two runners.

Pomeranz yielded only two singles before Trout drew a leadoff walk in the sixth. Pujols reached on a throwing error when Donaldson, who made three throwing errors from third base Monday, tried to start a double play.

Hamilton's single scored Trout, but Pujols ran straight through third-base coach Gary DiSarcina's stop sign and was easily thrown out at the plate.

Oakland tied it against reliever Mike Morin after Punto hit a leadoff double.

After Cespedes kept it tied, the A's put two more runners on in the ninth, but Joe Smith got John Jaso to ground out.


Angels rookie Cam Bedrosian pitched two extra innings of one-hit relief. He is the 22-year-old son of 1987 NL Cy Young Award winner Steve Bedrosian. ... Angels SS Erick Aybar swung and hit Norris in the back of the head with his follow-through in the fourth. Baltimore's Manny Machado twice did the same thing to Norris last weekend, and the A's were furious after Machado expressed no remorse when Norris had to leave the game. Aybar immediately checked on Norris, who was fine this time. ... Donaldson's three throwing errors Monday all went to first base.

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Collin Cowgill ends a long night in Anaheim with a solo shot in the 14th inning -- his first walk-off blast in the bigs. (USATSI)
Collin Cowgill ends a long night in Anaheim with a solo shot in the 14th inning -- his first walk-off blast in the bigs. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Cowgill
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1

D. Pomeranz
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 3
K 2

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Oakland Athletics
Craig Gentry, CF-RF3010010 .261
   a-Stephen Vogt, PH-RF3010012 .320
Jed Lowrie, SS4001111 .228
Josh Donaldson, 3B6000023 .260
Yoenis Cespedes, LF6010000 .254
Derek Norris, C5020010 .294
Brandon Moss, RF-1B5000131 .267
Kyle Blanks, 1B2000011 .310
   b-Coco Crisp, PH-CF3010100 .269
Alberto Callaspo, DH2000000 .219
   c-John Jaso, PH-DH3000014 .282
Nick Punto, 2B5120030 .252
Drew Pomeranz, P0000000 .000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
   Dan Otero, P0000000 .000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000 .000
   Jeff Francis, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Gentry in the 8th
b-singled for Blanks in the 7th
c-flied out for Callaspo in the 7th
2B - Nick Punto (5, Morin)
SF - Jed Lowrie (4)
SH - Derek Norris (1)
RBI - Jed Lowrie (25)
SB - Craig Gentry (12, 2nd base off Santiago/Conger), Yoenis Cespedes (1, 3rd base off Smith/Conger)
CS - Derek Norris (1, 2nd base by Santiago/Conger)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Yoenis Cespedes 1, Brandon Moss 1
DP - Donaldson-Punto-Blanks, Donaldson-Punto-Blanks-Donaldson-Punto-Moss, Donaldson-Punto-Blanks-Donaldson-Punto-Moss-Lowrie-Punto-Moss
E - Josh Donaldson (13, Throwing), Nick Punto (4, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Drew Pomeranz 7410320 1.90
Luke Gregerson 1100210 2.12
Dan Otero 2200000 2.06
Sean Doolittle 2100020 2.32
Jeff Francis (L,0-2) 1.2111201 3.72
IBB - Hamilton by Jeff Francis
Pitches-Strikes - Drew Pomeranz 89-55, Luke Gregerson 24-10, Dan Otero 27-20, Sean Doolittle 28-21, Jeff Francis 28-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Pomeranz 7-10, Luke Gregerson 1-0, Dan Otero 6-0, Sean Doolittle 2-2, Jeff Francis 4-0
Batters Faced - Drew Pomeranz 26, Luke Gregerson 5, Dan Otero 8, Sean Doolittle 7, Jeff Francis 7
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
Howie Kendrick, 2B5000123 .277
Mike Trout, CF3110300 .294
Albert Pujols, 1B4010103 .245
   Kole Calhoun, PR-1B0000000 .239
Josh Hamilton, LF5021113 .390
David Freese, 3B6000003 .218
C.J. Cron, DH3000001 .286
   a-Raul Ibanez, PH-DH3000001 .149
Erick Aybar, SS6020001 .287
Collin Cowgill, RF6131002 .289
Hank Conger, C3000110 .250
   b-Chris Iannetta, PH-C1000011 .254
Hector Santiago, P0000000 .000
   Kevin Jepsen, P0000000 .000
   Mike Morin, P0000000 .000
   Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   Cam Bedrosian, P0000000 .000
   Fernando Salas, P0000000 .000
   Cory Rasmus, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Cron in the 9th
b-struck out for Conger in the 12th
2B - Mike Trout (14, Gregerson), Collin Cowgill (6, Doolittle)
HR - Collin Cowgill (5, Francis)
SH - Kole Calhoun (1)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (12), Collin Cowgill (15)
2-OUT RBI - Collin Cowgill (4)
SB - Josh Hamilton (3, 2nd base off Pomeranz/Norris)
Team LOB - 10
Los Angeles (A.L.) Angels
Hector Santiago 6300180 4.15
Kevin Jepsen (H,4) 1100100 3.38
Mike Morin (BS,1) 1111000 1.50
Joe Smith 1100110 2.96
Cam Bedrosian 2100020 7.36
Fernando Salas 1100020 3.33
Cory Rasmus (W,2-0) 2000010 2.84
IBB - Crisp by Joe Smith
Pitches-Strikes - Hector Santiago 98-62, Kevin Jepsen 13-7, Mike Morin 17-12, Joe Smith 14-9, Cam Bedrosian 29-18, Fernando Salas 18-13, Cory Rasmus 20-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hector Santiago 4-5, Kevin Jepsen 2-1, Mike Morin 1-2, Joe Smith 2-0, Cam Bedrosian 2-2, Cory Rasmus 2-3
Batters Faced - Hector Santiago 21, Kevin Jepsen 5, Mike Morin 4, Joe Smith 5, Cam Bedrosian 7, Fernando Salas 4, Cory Rasmus 6
Game Information
Attendance - 31942
Game Time - 4:39
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Bob Davidson, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Bill Welke