ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels used eight pitchers - a franchise record for a nine-inning game - in a 2-0 victory over Oakland on Saturday night that increased their AL West lead over the Athletics to four games.
The deficit is the largest for the A's this season. They led the division by four games on Aug. 9 before going on their current 6-13 slide. Their only hits were infield singles by Josh Donaldson in the first and fourth, and a single by Sam Fuld in the ninth.
Cory Rasmus made his first major league start for the Angels in place of Garrett Richards, out for the season because of a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. The 26-year-old right-hander threw 49 pitches over three innings - matching his longest stint in 43 relief appearances over two big league seasons - and allowed one hit while striking out six and walking none.