Laureano makes great play as Athletics beat Angels 7-0

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ramon Laureano grabbed the spotlight, and that was just fine with Edwin Jackson.

Laureano made an outstanding defensive play in the third inning, helping Jackson and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-0 on Saturday night.

With one out and Eric Young Jr. on first, Laureano raced into the gap in left-center to haul in Justin Upton's drive. The rookie center fielder then completed the double play by uncorking a long throw to first .

''He's a game-changer,'' Jackson said. ''I've seen him make a play similar to that in Triple-A when I was in Nashville. I knew he had it in him but man, plays like that, if those don't get you fired up then I don't know what does.

''First of all, to make the catch. And after that the throw. That's what he's capable of doing. He's a playmaker for sure. I'm sure you'll see much more of it.''

Marcus Semien homered twice and Khris Davis also connected as Oakland won for the eighth time in 10 games. The A's also stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of Seattle for the second AL wild card.

Jackson (4-2) allowed three hits and walked three in 7 1/3 innings. Ryan Buchter got two outs and Emilio Pagan finished the five-hitter.

But it was Laureano's play that caught everyone's attention.

''That's probably one of the more impressive things I've seen in baseball,'' Oakland left fielder Chad Pinder said.

''He knew exactly what he was doing. He put it right on the money.''

Semien had three hits, scored three times and drove in four runs. He hit a three-run shot in the second and a solo drive in the fourth.

Davis hit his 34th homer in the third, a solo drive to right that made it 5-0. Davis has 13 homers in his 20 games since the All-Star break.

Los Angeles had won four in a row. Tyler Skaggs (8-8) was tagged for seven runs and 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings in his first start since coming off the disabled list after being sidelined by a left adductor strain.

''I don't know if he felt that great,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. ''He missed some time with the groin injury. It didn't look like it was very crisp. On a night where obviously we needed some innings out of him, unfortunately he couldn't get to a certain point of the game. He battled hard. He missed some spots, wasn't very crisp and those guys hit the ball well.''

A's third baseman Matt Chapman hit a run-scoring single in the first inning to reach base safely in a career-high 25th consecutive game.

THAT'S A LOT OF HOME RUNS

Semien's second homer of the night was No. 8,000 for the franchise since it moved to Oakland in 1968. The Athletics got the ball and will display it at home.

LONG TIME COMING

Angels catcher Francisco Arcia, who made his major league debut last month after 12 years in the minor leagues, pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit. He became the first position player to pitch for the Angels since Chili Davis on June 17, 1993. Arcia said he threw bullpen fastballs.

''It was just fun,'' Arcia said. ''I got in the back of my mind when I was pitching in Little League.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: RHP Shohei Ohtani (strained right elbow) threw a light bullpen session.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill (4-2, 3.12 ERA) starts Sunday. He is 3-0 with a 3.76 ERA since coming off the disabled list on July 12.

Angels: RHP Taylor Cole (0-2, 1.59 ERA) will open for Los Angeles, but Scioscia said it will be a bullpen game.

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OAK69-48
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LAA59-59
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  • W: E. Jackson (4-2)L: T. Skaggs (8-8)
  • HR: OAK - K. Davis (34), M. Semien 2 (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Semien SS53342002.259.317.381.69817.0
M. Chapman 3B51210010.274.362.500.8623.5
J. Lowrie 2B40100111.265.345.449.7941.5
K. Davis DH51221012.258.331.562.8937.5
M. Canha 1B20100011.258.331.454.7850.5
a- M. Olson PH-1B30000003.233.324.439.7620.0
S. Piscotty RF51300001.255.317.444.7614.0
C. Pinder LF30000213.253.333.442.7761.5
R. Laureano CF40000025.263.263.263.526-1.0
J. Lucroy C41200001.244.299.328.6273.0
  • a-grounded into a double play for Canha in the 4th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Calhoun RF40000023.212.272.397.669-1.0
J. Upton LF30100011.258.345.460.8051.5
J. Marte LF10000012.206.246.351.598-0.5
S. Ohtani DH40100011.272.350.530.8790.5
A. Pujols 1B30100001.254.289.429.7191.0
J. Fernandez 1B10100000.270.270.324.5951.0
A. Simmons SS30000001.306.358.429.7871.0
D. Fletcher 2B40000014.256.306.346.652-0.5
K. Cowart 3B30100103.167.302.278.5803.0
J. Briceno C40000025.280.325.373.698-1.0
E. Young CF10000200.207.294.379.6732.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Semien (26)
    • HR - M. Semien 2 (9), K. Davis (34)
    • RBI - M. Semien 4 (43), M. Chapman (40), K. Davis 2 (92)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Semien 3 (18)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Semien 2 (2), M. Canha, M. Olson, C. Pinder, R. Laureano 2 (2), J. Lucroy
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Upton (14), K. Cowart (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Marte 2 (2), A. Pujols, D. Fletcher, J. Briceno 4 (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - R. Laureano (3)
    • DP - 2 (Laureano-Canha; Olson-Semien)
    • E - M. Semien (19)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Fletcher-Simmons-Pujols)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Jackson (W, 4-2)7.13003602.481.0328.0
    R. Buchter0.20000203.511.401.0
    E. Pagan1.02000003.281.181.0
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Jackson (W, 4-2)7.1
    R. Buchter0.2
    E. Pagan1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Skaggs (L, 8-8)3.110771533.781.31-11.5
    H. Robles1.23000003.891.440.0
    W. Jerez1.00001100.000.672.5
    N. Ramirez2.00001104.551.355.5
    F. Arcia1.01000000.001.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Skaggs (L, 8-8)3.1
    H. Robles1.2
    W. Jerez1.0
    N. Ramirez2.0
    F. Arcia1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - E. Jackson (3)
    • HBP - E. Pagan (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 110-65, R. Buchter 9-8, E. Pagan 18-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 5-10, E. Pagan 1-2
    • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 27, R. Buchter 2, E. Pagan 6
    PITCHING
    • WP - W. Jerez
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 64-45, H. Robles 22-13, W. Jerez 21-9, N. Ramirez 21-11, F. Arcia 8-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 1-4, H. Robles 2-2, N. Ramirez 1-4, F. Arcia 2-1
    • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 21, H. Robles 7, W. Jerez 4, N. Ramirez 7, F. Arcia 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK69-48
    1312000007141
    LAA59-59
    000000000050
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS53342002.259.317.381.69817.0
    M. Chapman 3B51210010.274.362.500.8623.5
    J. Lowrie 2B40100111.265.345.449.7941.5
    K. Davis DH51221012.258.331.562.8937.5
    M. Canha 1B20100011.258.331.454.7850.5
    a- M. Olson PH-1B30000003.233.324.439.7620.0
    S. Piscotty RF51300001.255.317.444.7614.0
    C. Pinder LF30000213.253.333.442.7761.5
    R. Laureano CF40000025.263.263.263.526-1.0
    J. Lucroy C41200001.244.299.328.6273.0
    Total40714733719-----
    • a-grounded into a double play for Canha in the 4th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Calhoun RF40000023.212.272.397.669-1.0
    J. Upton LF30100011.258.345.460.8051.5
    J. Marte LF10000012.206.246.351.598-0.5
    S. Ohtani DH40100011.272.350.530.8790.5
    A. Pujols 1B30100001.254.289.429.7191.0
    J. Fernandez 1B10100000.270.270.324.5951.0
    A. Simmons SS30000001.306.358.429.7871.0
    D. Fletcher 2B40000014.256.306.346.652-0.5
    K. Cowart 3B30100103.167.302.278.5803.0
    J. Briceno C40000025.280.325.373.698-1.0
    E. Young CF10000200.207.294.379.6732.0
    Total3105003821-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Semien (26)
      • HR - M. Semien 2 (9), K. Davis (34)
      • RBI - M. Semien 4 (43), M. Chapman (40), K. Davis 2 (92)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Semien 3 (18)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Semien 2 (2), M. Canha, M. Olson, C. Pinder, R. Laureano 2 (2), J. Lucroy
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Upton (14), K. Cowart (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Marte 2 (2), A. Pujols, D. Fletcher, J. Briceno 4 (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - R. Laureano (3)
      • DP - 2 (Laureano-Canha; Olson-Semien)
      • E - M. Semien (19)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Fletcher-Simmons-Pujols)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Jackson (W, 4-2)7.13003602.481.0328.0
      R. Buchter0.20000203.511.401.0
      E. Pagan1.02000003.281.181.0
      Total9.0500380---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Jackson (W, 4-2)7.1
      R. Buchter0.2
      E. Pagan1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (L, 8-8)3.110771533.781.31-11.5
      H. Robles1.23000003.891.440.0
      W. Jerez1.00001100.000.672.5
      N. Ramirez2.00001104.551.355.5
      F. Arcia1.01000000.001.002.0
      Total9.01477373---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (L, 8-8)3.1
      H. Robles1.2
      W. Jerez1.0
      N. Ramirez2.0
      F. Arcia1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Jackson (3)
      • HBP - E. Pagan (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Jackson 110-65, R. Buchter 9-8, E. Pagan 18-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Jackson 5-10, E. Pagan 1-2
      • Batters Faced - E. Jackson 27, R. Buchter 2, E. Pagan 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - W. Jerez
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 64-45, H. Robles 22-13, W. Jerez 21-9, N. Ramirez 21-11, F. Arcia 8-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 1-4, H. Robles 2-2, N. Ramirez 1-4, F. Arcia 2-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 21, H. Robles 7, W. Jerez 4, N. Ramirez 7, F. Arcia 4
      • 4TH INNING
        Davis singled to right center, Chapman scored, Lowrie to third70
        Semien homered to left60
      • 3RD INNING
        Davis homered to right50
      • 2ND INNING
        Semien homered to left, Piscotty and Lucroy scored40
      • 1ST INNING
        Chapman singled to shallow center, Semien scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Francisco Arcia relieved Noe Ramirez
        • K. Davis: Foul, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Olson: Olson popped out to third
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty reached on an infield single to third
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Ryan Buchter
        • S. Ohtani: Ohtani singled to center
        • J. Fernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Fernandez singled to center, Ohtani to second
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons hit by pitch, Ohtani to third, Fernandez to second
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher flied out to center
        • K. Cowart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Cowart popped out to third
        • J. Briceno: Foul, Ball, Foul, Briceno grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jose Miguel Fernandez at first base
        • M. Semien: Semien popped out to second
        • M. Chapman: Chapman flied out to center
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • K. Cowart: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cowart doubled to deep right
        • J. Briceno: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Briceno struck out swinging
        • E. Young: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Young walked
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Edwin Jackson
        • K. Calhoun: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • J. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Marte struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jefry Marte in left field
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Williams Jerez
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Piscotty flied out to right
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pinder walked
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Laureano reached on fielder's choice to third, Pinder out at second
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Lucroy popped out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ohtani grounded out to first
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Pujols flied out to right
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons safe at first on shortstop Semien fielding error
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Fletcher grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Williams Jerez relieved Hansel Robles
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Chapman flied out to deep center
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lowrie walked
        • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowrie to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson lined out to first
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • E. Young: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Young flied out to left
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun flied out to deep left
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • H. Robles Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Ball, Piscotty singled to shallow center
        • C. Pinder: Pinder flied out to deep right
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Laureano flied out to left
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lucroy reached on an infield single to second, Piscotty to second
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Semien grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Fletcher struck out swinging
        • K. Cowart: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cowart lined out to shortstop
        • J. Briceno: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Briceno struck out looking
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Semien homered to left
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Chapman singled to shallow center
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie singled to left center, Chapman to third
        • Hansel Robles relieved Tyler Skaggs
        • K. Davis: Davis singled to right center, Chapman scored, Lowrie to third
        • Matt Olson hit for Mark Canha
        • M. Olson: Olson grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Davis out at second
        • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Ohtani popped out to third
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols singled to left
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Simmons grounded into double play shortstop to first, Pujols out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Lowrie lined out to third
        • K. Davis: Ball, Davis homered to right
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike swinging, Canha singled to left
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty lined out to right
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pinder walked, Canha to second
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • E. Young: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Young walked
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun flied out to left
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Upton flied into double play center to first, Young out at first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty singled to right
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • R. Laureano: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • J. Lucroy: Strike (foul tip), Lucroy singled to right, Piscotty to third
        • M. Semien: Semien homered to left, Piscotty and Lucroy scored
        • M. Chapman: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Simmons lined out to shortstop
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Fletcher grounded out to second
        • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cowart walked
        • J. Briceno: Ball, Strike swinging, Briceno lined out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Ball, Foul, Semien doubled to left
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Chapman singled to shallow center, Semien scored
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie lined out to left
        • K. Davis: Davis flied out to right
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Jackson Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Upton doubled to deep left
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Upton to third on wild pitch, Pujols popped out to first
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)