Canha hits 2-run HR, Anderson sharp as A's top Angels 4-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Back stateside and back on their home field, the Oakland Athletics starters have found quite a groove.

As in three straight scoreless outings of six innings. Brett Anderson followed up Mike Fiers and Marco Estrada with another steady performance.

''Any time a guy has a good start you want to go out there and you want to try to replicate it as best as possible,'' Anderson said.

Mark Canha hit a two-run homer in the fourth that held up for Anderson, and the A's beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2 on Saturday night.

Stephen Piscotty added a two-run single in the third. Anderson (1-0) pitched six scoreless innings in his first start of the year after the lefty signed as a free agent for his third stint with the A's. Anderson, who also pitched for Oakland last year and from 2009-2013, allowed three hits, struck out four and walked two.

Oakland starters have three consecutive scoreless outings of at least six innings for the first time since Aug. 24-26, 2005, by Kirk Saarloos, Barry Zito and Joe Blanton.

A's manager Bob Melvin wanted to give Canha a start - his first of 2019 - given how well he swung the bat in Tokyo and the preseason Bay Bridge Series against the Giants earlier in the week.

''We know that when he gets consistent at-bats, he tends to be pretty good,'' Melvin said.

Canha's first homer of the year chased starter Felix Pena (0-1), who was tagged for four runs and four hits in 3 2/3 innings after retiring the first eight hitters in order. Pena struck out three and walked one.

Mike Trout had as sacrifice fly in the eighth and Andrelton Simmons followed with an RBI single. A's All-Star closer Blake Treinen relieved J.B. Wendelken and gave up Albert Pujols' single before retiring the next two hitters, including Justin Bour on a called third strike.

''I have no one to blame but myself. I didn't get it done,'' Bour said. ''You can argue balls and strikes and all that stuff. Really at the end of the day it's a matter of getting it done, and I haven't and didn't there. Was it in the zone? No, but I still didn't get the job done.''

Treinen worked a perfect ninth for his first save and sixth career of five outs or more. Melvin would rather not use Treinen for multiple innings this early, but with a couple of relievers unavailable, he went ahead with the move.

''A little extreme to do it this early in the season but at the time we felt like we needed to do it,'' Melvin said.

Pujols, who at 39 has 633 career homers and is beginning his 19th season, got his first hit of the year with a two-out single in the sixth.

The A's avoided what would have been just their second 1-4 start in 21 years, doing so in 2011.

Piscotty hit his second single of the night in the seventh for Oakland, which began a stretch of 18 straight games with Thursday's stateside opener against the Angels. Oakland dropped two games to the Mariners in Tokyo last week.

RICKEY'S ASSIST

As A's third base coach Matt Williams prepared to throw batting practice, Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson hopped into the cage - and not to hit. He squatted into a crouch and began catching Williams' warmup throws. Just behind him was the logo of the field named for him and his No. 24, ''Rickey Henderson Field.''

''Every day I see it,'' he said. ''It's an awesome blessing to me.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Shohei Ohtani will continue to rehab in Anaheim when the team returns home from this season-opening six-game trip that includes games at Seattle on Monday and Tuesday. He began hitting on the field this week and is throwing three times a week. At some point, Ohtani is expected to go on a rehab assignment once he is ready to face live pitching.

Athletics: Manager Bob Melvin gave CF Ramon Laureano a day off until he entered for defense in the ninth. Laureano is batting .118 (2 for 17) with nine strikeouts in four games. ''I think maybe just a little anxious, trying to get it all back with one swing,'' Melvin said. ''He's got some power. He'll figure it out.'' Canha started in center and was set to play first base Sunday against a lefty starter.

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs takes the mound for his season debut for the Angels.

Athletics: RHP Frankie Montas makes his first 2019 appearance and first career start against the Angels in the series finale.

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  • W: B. Anderson (1-0)L: F. Pena (0-1)S: B. Treinen (1)
  • HR: OAK - M. Canha (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Z. Cozart 3B31100100.091.167.182.3484.0
M. Trout CF30110001.400.462.6001.0623.0
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B. Goodwin PR-DH00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
J. Bour 1B30000133.000.231.000.231-0.5
J. Lucroy C40100002.200.273.200.4731.0
K. Calhoun RF40000012.250.308.333.641-0.5
P. Bourjos LF30000032.000.000.000.000-1.5
a- T. La Stella PH10000000.143.143.286.4290.0
D. Fletcher 2B41000002.200.200.200.4001.0
  • a-grounded out for Bourjos in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
R. Grossman LF41100010.286.333.286.6191.5
M. Chapman 3B30100010.316.435.5791.0141.5
S. Piscotty RF40220021.250.318.450.7683.0
K. Davis DH40000014.238.273.667.939-0.5
K. Morales 1B31000100.167.375.167.5422.0
J. Profar 2B40000011.143.182.286.468-0.5
M. Semien SS40100001.389.476.5561.0321.0
M. Canha CF21121100.333.6001.3331.9338.0
R. Laureano CF00000000.118.118.118.2350.0
J. Phegley C31100002.100.100.100.2002.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - Z. Cozart, M. Trout (2)
    • SF - M. Trout
    • RBI - M. Trout (3), A. Simmons (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Pujols 2 (2), J. Bour, J. Lucroy 2 (2), D. Fletcher 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • HR - M. Canha
    • RBI - S. Piscotty 2 (4), M. Canha 2 (2)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty 2 (3), M. Canha 2 (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Davis 4 (4), J. Phegley 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - J. Profar
    • PB - J. Phegley
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Pena (L, 0-1)3.24441319.821.36-3.5
    N. Ramirez2.02001300.001.504.5
    J. Anderson1.11000000.000.752.0
    L. Garcia1.00000000.000.003.0
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Pena (L, 0-1)3.2
    N. Ramirez2.0
    J. Anderson1.1
    L. Garcia1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Anderson (W, 1-0)6.03002400.000.8325.0
    J. Wendelken1.12210102.700.600.5
    B. Treinen (S, 1)1.21000200.000.2110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Anderson (W, 1-0)6.0
    J. Wendelken1.1
    B. Treinen (S, 1)1.2
    PITCHING
    • HBP - F. Pena
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Pena 61-32, N. Ramirez 38-23, J. Anderson 15-9, L. Garcia 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Pena 2-6, N. Ramirez 1-2, J. Anderson 2-2, L. Garcia 2-1
    • Batters Faced - F. Pena 17, N. Ramirez 9, J. Anderson 5, L. Garcia 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 96-56, J. Wendelken 24-17, B. Treinen 26-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 9-5, J. Wendelken 2-2, B. Treinen 1-2
    • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 23, J. Wendelken 7, B. Treinen 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Z. Cozart 3B31100100.091.167.182.3484.0
    M. Trout CF30110001.400.462.6001.0623.0
    A. Simmons SS40110002.273.333.273.6062.0
    A. Pujols DH40200002.200.333.200.5332.0
    B. Goodwin PR-DH00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
    J. Bour 1B30000133.000.231.000.231-0.5
    J. Lucroy C40100002.200.273.200.4731.0
    K. Calhoun RF40000012.250.308.333.641-0.5
    P. Bourjos LF30000032.000.000.000.000-1.5
    a- T. La Stella PH10000000.143.143.286.4290.0
    D. Fletcher 2B41000002.200.200.200.4001.0
    Total3326202716-----
    • a-grounded out for Bourjos in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    R. Grossman LF41100010.286.333.286.6191.5
    M. Chapman 3B30100010.316.435.5791.0141.5
    S. Piscotty RF40220021.250.318.450.7683.0
    K. Davis DH40000014.238.273.667.939-0.5
    K. Morales 1B31000100.167.375.167.5422.0
    J. Profar 2B40000011.143.182.286.468-0.5
    M. Semien SS40100001.389.476.5561.0321.0
    M. Canha CF21121100.333.6001.3331.9338.0
    R. Laureano CF00000000.118.118.118.2350.0
    J. Phegley C31100002.100.100.100.2002.0
    Total314741269-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - Z. Cozart, M. Trout (2)
      • SF - M. Trout
      • RBI - M. Trout (3), A. Simmons (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Pujols 2 (2), J. Bour, J. Lucroy 2 (2), D. Fletcher 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Canha
      • RBI - S. Piscotty 2 (4), M. Canha 2 (2)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Piscotty 2 (3), M. Canha 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Davis 4 (4), J. Phegley 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Profar
      • PB - J. Phegley
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Pena (L, 0-1)3.24441319.821.36-3.5
      N. Ramirez2.02001300.001.504.5
      J. Anderson1.11000000.000.752.0
      L. Garcia1.00000000.000.003.0
      Total8.0744261---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Pena (L, 0-1)3.2
      N. Ramirez2.0
      J. Anderson1.1
      L. Garcia1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Anderson (W, 1-0)6.03002400.000.8325.0
      J. Wendelken1.12210102.700.600.5
      B. Treinen (S, 1)1.21000200.000.2110.0
      Total9.0621270---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Anderson (W, 1-0)6.0
      J. Wendelken1.1
      B. Treinen (S, 1)1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - F. Pena
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Pena 61-32, N. Ramirez 38-23, J. Anderson 15-9, L. Garcia 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Pena 2-6, N. Ramirez 1-2, J. Anderson 2-2, L. Garcia 2-1
      • Batters Faced - F. Pena 17, N. Ramirez 9, J. Anderson 5, L. Garcia 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 96-56, J. Wendelken 24-17, B. Treinen 26-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 9-5, J. Wendelken 2-2, B. Treinen 1-2
      • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 23, J. Wendelken 7, B. Treinen 6
      • 8TH INNING
        Simmons singled to left, Cozart scored24
        Trout hit sacrifice fly to right, Fletcher scored, Cozart to third14
      • 4TH INNING
        Canha homered to left, Morales scored04
      • 3RD INNING
        Piscotty singled to center, Phegley and Grossman scored, Chapman to third02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ramon Laureano in center field
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • Tommy La Stella hit for Peter Bourjos
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, La Stella grounded out to first
        • D. Fletcher: Fletcher lined out to right
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Wendelken Pitching:
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher safe at first on 2nd baseman Profar throwing error
        • Z. Cozart: Foul, Foul, Ball, Cozart doubled to left center, Fletcher to third
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Trout hit sacrifice fly to right, Fletcher scored, Cozart to third
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Simmons singled to left, Cozart scored
        • Blake Treinen relieved J.B. Wendelken
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Simmons to second on passed ball, Pujols singled to left, Simmons to third
        • Brian Goodwin ran for Albert Pujols
        • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bour struck out looking
        • J. Lucroy: Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Lucroy popped out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Luis Garcia relieved Justin Anderson
        • K. Morales: Strike swinging, Morales grounded out to second
        • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Profar lined out to right
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Semien grounded out to first
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J.B. Wendelken relieved Brett Anderson
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to third
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to left
        • P. Bourjos: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Anderson Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman lined out to center
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Chapman grounded out to second
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty singled to left
        • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Davis grounded out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout popped out to second
        • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to third
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pujols singled to right center
        • J. Bour: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bour struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Ball, Morales flied out to deep center
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Ball, Profar grounded out to third
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Semien singled to left
        • M. Canha: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Canha walked, Semien to second
        • Justin Anderson relieved Noe Ramirez
        • J. Phegley: Phegley lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • P. Bourjos: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher grounded out to third
        • Z. Cozart: Cozart lined out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman reached on an infield single to pitcher
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty struck out looking
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bour struck out looking
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • K. Morales: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Morales walked
        • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar lined out to center
        • M. Semien: Ball, Semien flied out to right
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Canha homered to left, Morales scored
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Felix Pena
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Phegley lined out to third
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike swinging, Cozart grounded out to second
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Trout doubled to deep center
        • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Simmons grounded out to shortstop, Trout to third
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Semien grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Canha: Ball, Canha flied out to deep left
        • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Phegley singled to center
        • R. Grossman: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman singled to right, Phegley to second
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman hit by pitch, Phegley to third, Grossman to second
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty singled to center, Phegley and Grossman scored, Chapman to third
        • K. Davis: Davis flied out to deep center
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bour walked
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Lucroy singled to center, Bour to second
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Calhoun reached on fielder's choice to first, Bour to third, Lucroy out at second
        • P. Bourjos: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bourjos struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Fletcher lined out to left
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis flied out to deep left
        • K. Morales: Ball, Strike looking, Morales lined out to left
        • J. Profar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • B. Anderson Pitching:
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cozart walked
        • M. Trout: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout grounded out to second, Cozart to second
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Simmons flied out to deep center
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pujols flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • R. Grossman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Grossman grounded out to second
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)