Cowart hits grand slam, drives in 5 as Angels stall A's

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Piscotty thought he had Andrelton Simmons' fly ball lined up in the sixth inning before a woman reached her glove over the right-field wall and cost him a potential catch in foul territory.

Simmons hit a two-run single moments later, Kaleb Cowart launched a go-ahead grand slam and the Los Angeles Angels scored six times in the sixth to rally past the Oakland Athletics 9-7 on Tuesday night.

The A's challenged that the fan interfered with Piscotty making the play, but the call was upheld with no interference charged.

''I don't know how you don't. He's going to catch it,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''I'm not sure what they saw that we didn't see. I asked Stephen and he said he'd have caught it. Maybe the placement of the runners, maybe they don't know where they're going with that, I don't know. It's an out. You want to get every out you possibly can. We felt like it was catchable.''

Oakland dropped five games back of the AL West-leading Astros and 2 1/2 behind the Yankees for the top wild card after Houston and New York each won. The red-hot Rays are closing in, too, trailing Oakland by 5 1/2 games.

''It's a tough play going into the wall, but I felt like I was there in enough time. Definitely changes how that inning goes, but nothing we can do about it now,'' Piscotty said. ''I never understand when they're going to overturn stuff. I had a feeling they wouldn't.''

Mike Trout homered for Los Angeles and stole his 24th base.

Cowart connected against Lou Trivino (8-3) for his club's first grand slam of the season and later added an RBI triple.

''Hopefully, I'll get into a rhythm here and get some playing time. I felt good tonight,'' Cowart said.

Noe Ramirez (6-5) pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief for the win. Ty Buttrey allowed a two-run single to pinch-hitter Dustin Fowler in the eighth but got five outs for his fourth save.

Mark Canha hit a three-run double in the fourth for the A's, who lost for the fourth time in five games.

Trout's 35th home run broke a scoreless tie when he connected off Daniel Mengden in the fourth.

Angels left-hander Tyler Skaggs returned from a third stint on the disabled list this season to throw three scoreless innings. He missed 32 games with a strained muscle in his left leg during his latest trip to the DL. He last pitched Aug. 11 against the A's before dealing with leg issues once more.

Oakland loaded the bases in the fourth against Cam Bedrosian, getting walks by Jed Lowrie and Piscotty sandwiched around a single by Khris Davis. Matt Olson and Marcus Semien each struck out swinging before Canha came through with a bases-clearing double off the left-field wall. Jonathan Lucroy followed with an RBI single to chase Bedrosian.

Oakland's Liam Hendriks recorded the first three outs on seven pitches. Then his day was done, and Mengden took over for the A's, who again began the game with a reliever as Melvin copes with an injury-plagued rotation.

OHTANI TOP ROOKIE?

Don't ask Angels manager Mike Scioscia who else but Shohei Ohtani should be considered for AL Rookie of the Year - he doesn't have another name to offer.

Just his Japanese two-way star.

''To do what Shohei did, it's on a different level,'' Scioscia said of the designated hitter and pitcher. ''He's doing everything you could imagine a kid 23 years old coming in and doing. I think he's Rookie of the Year.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: Rookie second baseman and utilityman David Fletcher, who exited Sunday's game against Seattle in the first inning with a strained left hamstring, will only return once fully healthy. ''We're not going to rush anything or run him into a game and put him at risk,'' Scioscia said.

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill, scratched from his scheduled Saturday start at Tampa Bay with a strain in his upper back before getting trigger-point injections, played catch from 120 feet.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Felix Pena (3-4, 3.75 ERA) faces the A's for the third time this season seeking his first decision in those matchups. Only one of the previous outings was a start.

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (3-5, 4.35) makes his second start since coming off the DL after taking the loss last Thursday at Baltimore, where he lasted just 3 1/3 innings. He has walked one or fewer batters in each of his past nine starts, with just five free passes over 48 innings during that stretch.

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  • W: N. Ramirez (6-5)L: L. Trivino (8-3)S: T. Buttrey (4)
  • HR: LAA - M. Trout (35), K. Cowart (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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  • 8TH INNING
    Fowler singled to right, Piscotty and Olson scored, Semien to third97
    Olson singled to right, Lowrie scored, Piscotty to third95
    Cowart tripled to deep right center, Ward scored94
    Ward reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Simmons scored, Ohtani out at third, Ward to second on 3rd baseman Chapman throwing error84
  • 6TH INNING
    Cowart homered to right center, Ohtani, Simmons and Ward scored74
    Simmons singled to left center, Fernandez and Upton scored, Ohtani to second34
  • 4TH INNING
    Lucroy singled to center, Canha scored14
    Canha doubled to deep left, Lowrie, Davis and Piscotty scored13
    Trout homered to left center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Fernando Rodney relieved Cory Gearrin
    • Beau Taylor catching
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to deep center
    • J. Fernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Fernandez grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Trout: Ball, Strike swinging, Trout singled to left
    • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout stole second, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jefry Marte at first base
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
    • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Lowrie grounded out to second
    • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Josh Phegley catching
    • Cory Gearrin relieved Yusmeiro Petit
    • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ohtani walked
    • A. Simmons: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Simmons singled to shallow center, Ohtani to second
    • T. Ward: Foul, Ward reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Simmons scored, Ohtani out at third, Ward to second on 3rd baseman Chapman throwing error
    • K. Cowart: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ward to third on wild pitch, Cowart tripled to deep right center, Ward scored
    • Eric Young hit for Jose Briceno
    • E. Young: Ball, Young popped bunt out to pitcher, Cowart out at third
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Justin Anderson relieved Blake Parker
    • Francisco Arcia catching
    • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lowrie walked
    • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
    • S. Piscotty: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Piscotty singled to left, Lowrie to second
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson singled to right, Lowrie scored, Piscotty to third
    • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien walked, Olson to second
    • Ty Buttrey relieved Justin Anderson
    • N. Martini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Martini struck out looking
    • Dustin Fowler hit for Josh Phegley
    • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Fowler singled to right, Piscotty and Olson scored, Semien to third
    • R. Laureano: Pickoff attempt to first, Laureano grounded out to third
    • End of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Lou Trivino
    • J. Fernandez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fernandez grounded out to second
    • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Trout flied out to center
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Blake Parker relieved Hansel Robles
    • Nick Martini hit for Mark Canha
    • N. Martini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martini singled to left
    • Matt Joyce hit for Jonathan Lucroy
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Joyce lined out to left
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Laureano struck out looking
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Shawn Kelley relieved Daniel Mengden
    • J. Fernandez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Fernandez walked
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Fernandez to second on wild pitch, Trout grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Upton: Ball, Upton reached on an infield single to third
    • Ryan Buchter relieved Shawn Kelley
    • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ohtani singled to left, Fernandez to third, Upton to second
    • Lou Trivino relieved Ryan Buchter
    • A. Simmons: Foul, Ball, Ball, Simmons singled to left center, Fernandez and Upton scored, Ohtani to second
    • T. Ward: Ball, Ward hit by pitch, Ohtani to third, Simmons to second
    • K. Cowart: Ball, Cowart homered to right center, Ohtani, Simmons and Ward scored
    • J. Briceno: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Briceno grounded out to third
    • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hansel Robles relieved Noe Ramirez
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Olson lined out to second
    • M. Semien: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Semien flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Mengden Pitching:
    • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Cowart struck out looking
    • J. Briceno: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Briceno grounded out to second
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Ball, Calhoun flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • N. Ramirez Pitching:
    • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chapman grounded out to third
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
    • K. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop, Lowrie out at second
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Mengden Pitching:
    • J. Fernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Fernandez grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Trout homered to left center
    • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Upton walked
    • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ohtani flied out to deep left
    • A. Simmons: Simmons doubled to deep center, Upton to third
    • T. Ward: Ball, Ward grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Cam Bedrosian relieved Tyler Skaggs
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked
    • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Davis singled to right center, Lowrie to second
    • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked, Lowrie to third, Davis to second
    • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
    • M. Canha: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Canha doubled to deep left, Lowrie, Davis and Piscotty scored
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy singled to center, Canha scored
    • Noe Ramirez relieved Cam Bedrosian
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Laureano flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Mengden Pitching:
    • K. Cowart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cowart grounded out to first
    • J. Briceno: Foul, Ball, Foul, Briceno grounded out to first
    • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • M. Canha: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Canha walked
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
    • R. Laureano: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Laureano struck out looking
    • M. Chapman: Foul, Chapman popped out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Daniel Mengden relieved Liam Hendriks
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ohtani walked
    • A. Simmons: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Simmons flied out to deep left
    • T. Ward: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ward struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Piscotty popped out to second
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Olson struck out on foul tip
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Hendriks Pitching:
    • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • J. Fernandez: Ball, Fernandez lined out to left
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • T. Skaggs Pitching:
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Laureano walked
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Laureano stole second, Ball, Chapman grounded out to second, Laureano to third
    • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to left
    • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Davis lined out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)