Balanced Oakland Athletics outlast Ohtani-less Angels 7-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Blake Treinen and the Oakland Athletics' entire pitching staff were still smarting from their struggles against the Los Angeles Angels' powerful lineup this season.

The A's finally took control on the mound, and their lineup provided ample backup.

Marcus Semien had an early two-run single, Jed Lowrie homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 on Saturday night.

Andrew Triggs pitched four-hit ball into the sixth inning, and his bullpen also came through after Oakland blew a six-run lead Friday night in its fourth loss to its AL West rivals already this season. Treinen earned a two-inning save one night after giving up a tiebreaking three-run homer to Justin Upton.

''Last night left a pretty sour taste, so it was good to get it out,'' Treinen said.

Seven A's had one hit apiece, and six drove in a run as Oakland beat Los Angeles for just the second time in six meetings already this season.

Shohei Ohtani didn't play for the Angels while resting for his home pitching debut Sunday. The two-way Japanese sensation homered in each of Los Angeles' last three games as a designated hitter, including a 449-foot shot Friday against Oakland.

Upton and Luis Valbuena homered for the Angels, but their Ohtani-less lineup largely struggled against the Oakland bullpen and Triggs (1-0), who earned Oakland's second win by a starter all season.

''It was nice to come back and shut them down,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''When they're swinging the bats, they're a dangerous lineup.''

The Angels couldn't make up for another bad performance by their pitching staff, which wasn't significantly bolstered in the offseason beyond the addition of Ohtani. The Angels walked 10 batters, the franchise's most in a nine-inning game since April 21, 2006.

J.C. Ramirez (0-2) and his first two relievers issued eight walks and hit a batter in the first five innings alone. Oakland went up 3-0 on Stephen Piscotty's RBI double and Semien's key single in the second, and Ramirez didn't return for the third after throwing 55 pitches and walking five of his 12 batters.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Ramirez felt tightness in his right forearm.

''When you're uncomfortable throwing the ball, it's not going to be the way you want it,'' said Ramirez, who walked five of his 12 batters. ''I was just trying to survive today, and that happened.''

Another injured starter is exactly what the Angels don't need with Matt Shoemaker and Andrew Heaney already on the shelf in their six-man rotation, but it's no surprise for a team that struggled with injured starters throughout the previous two seasons.

''You walk 10 guys, and you're not going to be in many games,'' Scioscia said. ''We were only OK because our bullpen kept it close.''

J-UP SLUGS

Upton's two-run homer in the fourth was his third in four games and his second of this weekend series. He added a double in the sixth, giving him five hits in six at-bats since Friday.

TROUT OUT

Mike Trout went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and a double-play groundout, dropping to 1 for 18 on the Angels' homestand. The two-time AL MVP is batting .184 after nine games.

TRAYCE ARRIVES

Trayce Thompson joined the A's at Angel Stadium after Oakland claimed him off waivers from the Yankees earlier in the week. The former Dodgers outfielder is from Orange County, as is his brother, Golden State Warriors' All-Star Klay Thompson. He'll return to Dodger Stadium next week when the A's play a two-game interleague series.

HALOS MAKING MOVES

After Parker Bridwell flopped Friday in his first start of the season and left the Angels short of fresh arms, Los Angeles optioned him and infielder Nolan Fontana to Triple-A Salt Lake. The Angels also recalled infielder Ryan Schimpf and right-hander Akeel Morris, who threw 2 1/3 solid relief innings in his Angels debut. Schimpf struck out to end the game as a pinch-hitter in his own Angels debut.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Kendall Graveman (0-1, 8.10 ERA) has given up four homers in two starts this season. He gave up five runs in five innings against the Angels on opening day in Oakland.

Angels: Ohtani (1-0, 4.50 ERA) faces the A's for the second time this season. The right-hander pitched six innings of three-hit ball in Oakland in his strong big-league debut, although Matt Chapman connected for a three-run homer.

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  • W: A. Triggs (1-0)L: J. Ramirez (0-2)S: B. Treinen (2)
  • HR: OAK - J. Lowrie (2), LAA - J. Upton (3), L. Valbuena (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Joyce LF31100200.233.385.400.7854.0
M. Semien SS40120101.256.313.372.6854.0
J. Lowrie 2B41111134.341.400.561.9615.5
K. Davis DH40000124.200.326.343.6680.0
M. Olson 1B31110111.278.381.444.8254.5
M. Chapman 3B32110203.405.476.7301.2068.0
B. Maxwell C40110014.273.333.364.6971.5
S. Piscotty RF31110101.212.270.242.5135.0
J. Smolinski CF31000111.100.250.100.3503.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Z. Cozart 2B31100102.250.318.525.8433.0
    M. Trout CF40000032.184.279.421.700-1.5
    J. Upton LF41221010.306.366.6391.0058.5
    A. Pujols DH40100001.263.300.368.6681.0
    K. Calhoun RF40100011.184.205.316.5210.5
    A. Simmons SS40000012.368.385.421.806-0.5
    L. Valbuena 3B41211022.258.303.484.7876.0
    J. Marte 1B20000100.375.444.5631.0071.0
    a- R. Schimpf PH10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
    R. Rivera C30000022.308.308.6921.000-1.0
    • a-struck out for Marte in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Piscotty
    • 3B - M. Chapman
    • HR - J. Lowrie (2)
    • RBI - M. Semien 2 (5), J. Lowrie (7), M. Olson (4), M. Chapman (8), B. Maxwell (2), S. Piscotty (5)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Semien 2 (3), M. Olson (3), S. Piscotty (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Upton (3)
    • HR - J. Upton (3), L. Valbuena (2)
    • RBI - J. Upton 2 (8), L. Valbuena (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Smolinski
    FIELDING
    • PB - R. Rivera
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    A. Triggs (W, 1-0)5.24222612.531.1317.0
    R. Buchter (H, 2)0.21110011.591.59-2.0
    E. Pagan (H, 2)0.20000102.701.200.5
    B. Treinen (S, 2)2.02000400.001.5013.0
    PITCHERSIP
    A. Triggs (W, 1-0)5.2
    R. Buchter (H, 2)0.2
    E. Pagan (H, 2)0.2
    B. Treinen (S, 2)2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Ramirez (L, 0-2)2.02335109.452.10-8.5
    A. Morris2.11112113.861.292.5
    L. Bard2.10001301.421.116.5
    B. Parker1.12221107.711.93-1.5
    N. Ramirez1.02111203.381.880.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Ramirez (L, 0-2)2.0
    A. Morris2.1
    L. Bard2.1
    B. Parker1.1
    N. Ramirez1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - A. Triggs
    • Pitches-Strikes - A. Triggs 96-56, R. Buchter 7-5, E. Pagan 11-7, B. Treinen 31-21
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Triggs 7-3, R. Buchter 1-1, B. Treinen 1-1
    • Batters Faced - A. Triggs 22, R. Buchter 3, E. Pagan 2, B. Treinen 8
    PITCHING
    • HBP - L. Bard
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ramirez 55-30, A. Morris 36-18, L. Bard 44-25, B. Parker 26-14, N. Ramirez 23-14
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ramirez 1-3, A. Morris 4-1, L. Bard 1-3, B. Parker 2-0, N. Ramirez 1-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Ramirez 12, A. Morris 9, L. Bard 9, B. Parker 6, N. Ramirez 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Joyce LF31100200.233.385.400.7854.0
    M. Semien SS40120101.256.313.372.6854.0
    J. Lowrie 2B41111134.341.400.561.9615.5
    K. Davis DH40000124.200.326.343.6680.0
    M. Olson 1B31110111.278.381.444.8254.5
    M. Chapman 3B32110203.405.476.7301.2068.0
    B. Maxwell C40110014.273.333.364.6971.5
    S. Piscotty RF31110101.212.270.242.5135.0
    J. Smolinski CF31000111.100.250.100.3503.5
    Total31777110819-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Z. Cozart 2B31100102.250.318.525.8433.0
      M. Trout CF40000032.184.279.421.700-1.5
      J. Upton LF41221010.306.366.6391.0058.5
      A. Pujols DH40100001.263.300.368.6681.0
      K. Calhoun RF40100011.184.205.316.5210.5
      A. Simmons SS40000012.368.385.421.806-0.5
      L. Valbuena 3B41211022.258.303.484.7876.0
      J. Marte 1B20000100.375.444.5631.0071.0
      a- R. Schimpf PH10000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
      R. Rivera C30000022.308.308.6921.000-1.0
      Total33373221114-----
      • a-struck out for Marte in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Piscotty
      • 3B - M. Chapman
      • HR - J. Lowrie (2)
      • RBI - M. Semien 2 (5), J. Lowrie (7), M. Olson (4), M. Chapman (8), B. Maxwell (2), S. Piscotty (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Semien 2 (3), M. Olson (3), S. Piscotty (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Upton (3)
      • HR - J. Upton (3), L. Valbuena (2)
      • RBI - J. Upton 2 (8), L. Valbuena (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Smolinski
      FIELDING
      • PB - R. Rivera
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      A. Triggs (W, 1-0)5.24222612.531.1317.0
      R. Buchter (H, 2)0.21110011.591.59-2.0
      E. Pagan (H, 2)0.20000102.701.200.5
      B. Treinen (S, 2)2.02000400.001.5013.0
      Total9.07332112---
      PITCHERSIP
      A. Triggs (W, 1-0)5.2
      R. Buchter (H, 2)0.2
      E. Pagan (H, 2)0.2
      B. Treinen (S, 2)2.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Ramirez (L, 0-2)2.02335109.452.10-8.5
      A. Morris2.11112113.861.292.5
      L. Bard2.10001301.421.116.5
      B. Parker1.12221107.711.93-1.5
      N. Ramirez1.02111203.381.880.0
      Total9.07771081---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Ramirez (L, 0-2)2.0
      A. Morris2.1
      L. Bard2.1
      B. Parker1.1
      N. Ramirez1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Triggs
      • Pitches-Strikes - A. Triggs 96-56, R. Buchter 7-5, E. Pagan 11-7, B. Treinen 31-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Triggs 7-3, R. Buchter 1-1, B. Treinen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - A. Triggs 22, R. Buchter 3, E. Pagan 2, B. Treinen 8
      PITCHING
      • HBP - L. Bard
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Ramirez 55-30, A. Morris 36-18, L. Bard 44-25, B. Parker 26-14, N. Ramirez 23-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Ramirez 1-3, A. Morris 4-1, L. Bard 1-3, B. Parker 2-0, N. Ramirez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Ramirez 12, A. Morris 9, L. Bard 9, B. Parker 6, N. Ramirez 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Olson singled to right center, Joyce scored, Semien to third73
      • 8TH INNING
        Maxwell singled to left, Chapman scored63
        Chapman tripled to left, Olson scored53
      • 7TH INNING
        Valbuena homered to center43
      • 5TH INNING
        Lowrie homered to center42
      • 4TH INNING
        Upton homered to right center, Cozart scored32
      • 2ND INNING
        Semien singled to center, Piscotty and Smolinski scored, Joyce to second30
        Piscotty doubled to deep left, Chapman scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Blake Parker
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Strike looking, Joyce singled to right center
        • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Semien walked, Joyce to second
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Olson singled to right center, Joyce scored, Semien to third
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Chapman grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Treinen Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols singled to right center
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Calhoun singled to shallow left center, Pujols to second
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Simmons grounded bunt out to third, Pujols to third, Calhoun to second
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Valbuena struck out on foul tip
        • Ryan Schimpf hit for Jefry Marte
        • R. Schimpf: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Schimpf struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • B. Parker Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson walked
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Chapman tripled to left, Olson scored
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Maxwell singled to left, Chapman scored
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Piscotty grounded into double play third to second to first, Maxwell out at second
        • J. Smolinski: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smolinski struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Blake Treinen relieved Emilio Pagan
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cozart lined out to center
        • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • L. Bard Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Semien flied out to right
        • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Lowrie struck out looking
        • Blake Parker relieved Luke Bard
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • R. Buchter Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Simmons flied out to shallow left
        • L. Valbuena: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Valbuena homered to center
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Ryan Buchter
        • J. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Marte popped out to first
        • R. Rivera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Rivera struck out looking
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • L. Bard Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Piscotty grounded out to third
        • J. Smolinski: Strike looking, Ball, Smolinski lined out to left
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Joyce fouled out to third
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
        • J. Upton: Ball, Upton doubled to deep center
        • A. Pujols: Foul, Ball, Pujols fouled out to third
        • Ryan Buchter relieved Andrew Triggs
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to first
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • A. Morris Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien popped out to second
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Lowrie homered to center
        • Luke Bard relieved Akeel Morris
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson hit by pitch
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked, Olson to second
        • B. Maxwell: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Maxwell struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Simmons struck out looking
        • L. Valbuena: Foul, Strike swinging, Valbuena singled to right
        • J. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Marte walked, Valbuena to second
        • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Rivera lined out to left
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Valbuena to third, Marte to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Cozart flied out to center
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • A. Morris Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
        • J. Smolinski: Strike looking, Smolinski grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Piscotty out at second
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Joyce grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cozart singled to shallow right
        • M. Trout: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Upton homered to right center, Cozart scored
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Akeel Morris relieved JC Ramirez
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Davis walked
        • M. Olson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Davis out at second
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Maxwell grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
        • J. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Marte grounded out to second
        • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Olson flied out to shallow left
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
        • B. Maxwell: Pickoff attempt, Maxwell lined out to center
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty doubled to deep left, Chapman scored
        • J. Smolinski: Ball, Ball, Piscotty to third on passed ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smolinski walked
        • M. Joyce: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smolinski stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joyce walked
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Semien singled to center, Piscotty and Smolinski scored, Joyce to second
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Calhoun grounded out to first
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Simmons grounded out to third
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Ramirez Pitching:
        • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joyce walked
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien flied out to right
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Lowrie walked, Joyce to second
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Lowrie out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • A. Triggs Pitching:
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cozart walked
        • M. Trout: Ball, Trout grounded into double play third to second to first, Cozart out at second
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Upton grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)