A's head to AL wild-card game off 5-4 loss to Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics are headed to the AL wild-card game off a late-inning loss that did nothing to shake their confidence.

Taylor Ward hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the ninth to help the Angels rally past the A's 5-4 on Sunday in Mike Scioscia's finale after 19 seasons as Los Angeles manager.

The A's (97-65) will face the Yankees in New York in the AL wild-card game on Wednesday.

''The best part of this year is that we have been competitive and we're going to the playoffs,'' Khris Davis said. ''Teams fear us and that's a great feeling.''

Oakland finished its winningest season since getting 96 victories in 2013. The 22-game improvement from last season was the third-best in franchise history.

''We don't like the way this game ended, but we're thrilled where we're going,'' manager Bob Melvin said. ''The guys have had fun but the postseason is a whole different level.''

Oakland starter Brett Anderson allowed two runs and four hits in three innings. He was struck on the rear end by Shohei Ohtani's liner, struck out one more batter to finish the third inning and left the game.

''I'll be sore and I'll have to get treatment, but I'll be fine and ready to go this week,'' Anderson said. ''I was glad I was able to continue and stay in the game. That was a positive.''

With Los Angeles trailing 4-2, Ohtani singled off Chris Hatcher (3-3) leading off the ninth, Jefry Marte hit an RBI double and Ward followed with a drive to left-center.

''Our relievers pitched well today until the ninth. We only gave up one hit from the third to the eighth inning,'' Melvin said. ''Our roster is set for players, but we have a few things to discuss about the pitchers. We'll do that in the next day or so.''

Davis went 0 for 2 with a strikeout and then was replaced in the sixth. He finished with a major league-leading 48 home runs, was second with 123 RBIs and hit exactly .247 average for the fourth straight season.

Melvin admitted he's biased, but his pick for AL MVP is Davis.

''Khris has hit more clutch home runs for us in clutch situations all season,'' he said. ''Matt Chapman also has had a great year, but Khris Davis needs to be in the MVP discussion.''

Stephen Piscotty and Franklin Barreto hit two-run homers for the A's. Barreto's was his first since Aug. 1 against Toronto.

Scioscia, the longest-tenured manager in the major leagues, finished 1,650-1,428, including 80-82 this year. He guided the franchise to its only World Series title in 2002.

Los Angeles missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year and had three straight losing seasons for the first time under Scioscia, who turns 60 in November.

During the game, Scioscia sat on the bench and talked with his staff, while first-base coach Alfredo Griffin stood in Scioscia's usual spot to the right of the dugout steps. Later, third-base coach Dino Ebel took Griffin's place.

Parker Bridwell (1-0) pitched the ninth for the win.

Ohtani went 1 for 4 with a strikeout and finished his rookie season with a .285 average, 22 homers and 61 RBIs to go along with a 4-2 record and 3.31 ERA in 10 starts. The two-way Japanese sensation is set to have Tommy John surgery this week.

Mike Trout was 0 for 1 with a flyout and wound up hitting .312 with 38 homers and 79 RBIs.

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker gave up two runs and two hits in three innings. He struck out three and walked two.

ARIGATO, SOSH

Scioscia has been picking up some Japanese throughout the season since a translator sits in on his pre-game media gathering. He often asks her how to pronounce certain words and their meanings. Scioscia put what he's learned into practice, explaining that he wanted to share an ''old American baseball proverb.'' Speaking slowly in Japanese he said, ''Baseball is a beautiful game when it's played freely.''

UP NEXT

A's: Oakland play at the New York Yankees on Wednesday in the AL wild-card game, with the winner facing Boston in the Division Series. Reliever Liam Hendricks is likely to be the starting pitcher.

The injury-plagued Angels had three straight losing seasons for the first time since 1992-94.

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  • W: P. Bridwell (1-0)L: C. Hatcher (3-3)
  • HR: OAK - S. Piscotty (27), F. Barreto (5), LAA - J. Marte (7), T. Ward (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Martini LF30000102.296.397.414.8111.0
M. Chapman 3B20000011.278.356.508.864-0.5
C. Pinder 3B20000011.258.332.436.769-0.5
J. Lowrie 2B40000011.267.353.448.801-0.5
K. Davis DH20000011.247.326.549.874-0.5
a- J. Lucroy PH-DH20000010.241.291.325.617-0.5
M. Olson 1B32100120.247.335.453.7883.0
S. Piscotty RF11121000.267.331.491.8217.0
F. Barreto SS31121000.233.253.493.7467.0
R. Laureano CF20000020.288.358.474.832-1.0
M. Canha CF20000010.249.328.449.778-0.5
M. Semien SS10000000.255.318.388.7060.0
M. Joyce RF20000000.208.322.353.6750.0
J. Phegley C10100000.204.255.344.5991.0
b- B. Taylor PH-C20100010.200.333.400.7331.5
  • a-grounded out for Davis in the 6th
  • b-doubled for Phegley in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Calhoun RF10100000.208.283.369.6521.0
J. Blash PR-RF31000020.103.200.128.3282.0
M. Trout CF10000001.312.460.6281.0880.0
M. Hermosillo CF30100020.211.274.333.6080.0
S. Ohtani DH41100012.285.361.564.9251.5
J. Marte 1B32231111.216.273.371.64411.5
T. Ward 3B41121001.178.245.333.5787.0
E. Young LF30000020.202.248.303.551-1.0
K. Cowart SS30000020.134.210.241.451-1.0
J. Hudson C20100000.167.167.250.4172.0
a- F. Arcia PH-C10000000.204.226.427.6540.0
S. Johnson 2B30000011.000.091.000.091-0.5
  • a-grounded out for Hudson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Taylor
  • HR - S. Piscotty (27), F. Barreto (5)
  • RBI - S. Piscotty 2 (88), F. Barreto 2 (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Barreto 2 (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Martini, C. Pinder, K. Davis
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Marte (7), J. Hudson
  • HR - J. Marte (7), T. Ward (6)
  • RBI - J. Marte 3 (22), T. Ward 2 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Marte 2 (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Marte, T. Ward, S. Johnson
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Blash (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Anderson3.04220514.481.285.5
L. Trivino1.00000202.921.144.0
Y. Petit1.00000103.001.013.5
R. Buchter (H, 16)1.00001202.751.193.0
J. Wendelken (H, 1)1.00000000.540.783.0
E. Pagan (H, 6)1.00000104.351.193.5
C. Hatcher (L, 3-3) (BS, 2)0.03330014.951.65-11.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Anderson3.0
L. Trivino1.0
Y. Petit1.0
R. Buchter (H, 16)1.0
J. Wendelken (H, 1)1.0
E. Pagan (H, 6)1.0
C. Hatcher (L, 3-3) (BS, 2)0.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Shoemaker3.02222314.941.264.5
O. Despaigne3.03220416.691.826.0
W. Jerez1.00000106.001.673.5
J. Tazawa1.00000207.071.824.0
P. Bridwell (W, 1-0)1.000001017.552.4010.5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 56-35, L. Trivino 13-9, Y. Petit 9-6, R. Buchter 16-10, J. Wendelken 14-8, E. Pagan 8-6, C. Hatcher 12-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 2-2, J. Wendelken 1-2, E. Pagan 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 13, L. Trivino 3, Y. Petit 3, R. Buchter 4, J. Wendelken 3, E. Pagan 3, C. Hatcher 3
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Shoemaker (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Shoemaker 60-37, O. Despaigne 46-35, W. Jerez 14-10, J. Tazawa 13-9, P. Bridwell 12-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Shoemaker 2-4, O. Despaigne 2-3, W. Jerez 2-0, P. Bridwell 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Shoemaker 13, O. Despaigne 12, W. Jerez 3, J. Tazawa 3, P. Bridwell 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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OAK97-65
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
N. Martini LF30000102.296.397.414.8111.0
M. Chapman 3B20000011.278.356.508.864-0.5
C. Pinder 3B20000011.258.332.436.769-0.5
J. Lowrie 2B40000011.267.353.448.801-0.5
K. Davis DH20000011.247.326.549.874-0.5
a- J. Lucroy PH-DH20000010.241.291.325.617-0.5
M. Olson 1B32100120.247.335.453.7883.0
S. Piscotty RF11121000.267.331.491.8217.0
F. Barreto SS31121000.233.253.493.7467.0
R. Laureano CF20000020.288.358.474.832-1.0
M. Canha CF20000010.249.328.449.778-0.5
M. Semien SS10000000.255.318.388.7060.0
M. Joyce RF20000000.208.322.353.6750.0
J. Phegley C10100000.204.255.344.5991.0
b- B. Taylor PH-C20100010.200.333.400.7331.5
Total3245422116-----
  • a-grounded out for Davis in the 6th
  • b-doubled for Phegley in the 5th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Calhoun RF10100000.208.283.369.6521.0
J. Blash PR-RF31000020.103.200.128.3282.0
M. Trout CF10000001.312.460.6281.0880.0
M. Hermosillo CF30100020.211.274.333.6080.0
S. Ohtani DH41100012.285.361.564.9251.5
J. Marte 1B32231111.216.273.371.64411.5
T. Ward 3B41121001.178.245.333.5787.0
E. Young LF30000020.202.248.303.551-1.0
K. Cowart SS30000020.134.210.241.451-1.0
J. Hudson C20100000.167.167.250.4172.0
a- F. Arcia PH-C10000000.204.226.427.6540.0
S. Johnson 2B30000011.000.091.000.091-0.5
Total3157521116-----
  • a-grounded out for Hudson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Taylor
  • HR - S. Piscotty (27), F. Barreto (5)
  • RBI - S. Piscotty 2 (88), F. Barreto 2 (16)
  • 2-Out RBI - F. Barreto 2 (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Martini, C. Pinder, K. Davis
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Marte (7), J. Hudson
  • HR - J. Marte (7), T. Ward (6)
  • RBI - J. Marte 3 (22), T. Ward 2 (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Marte 2 (8)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Marte, T. Ward, S. Johnson
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Blash (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Anderson3.04220514.481.285.5
L. Trivino1.00000202.921.144.0
Y. Petit1.00000103.001.013.5
R. Buchter (H, 16)1.00001202.751.193.0
J. Wendelken (H, 1)1.00000000.540.783.0
E. Pagan (H, 6)1.00000104.351.193.5
C. Hatcher (L, 3-3) (BS, 2)0.03330014.951.65-11.0
Total8.07551112---
PITCHERSIP
B. Anderson3.0
L. Trivino1.0
Y. Petit1.0
R. Buchter (H, 16)1.0
J. Wendelken (H, 1)1.0
E. Pagan (H, 6)1.0
C. Hatcher (L, 3-3) (BS, 2)0.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Shoemaker3.02222314.941.264.5
O. Despaigne3.03220416.691.826.0
W. Jerez1.00000106.001.673.5
J. Tazawa1.00000207.071.824.0
P. Bridwell (W, 1-0)1.000001017.552.4010.5
Total9.05442112---
PITCHERSIP
M. Shoemaker3.0
O. Despaigne3.0
W. Jerez1.0
J. Tazawa1.0
P. Bridwell (W, 1-0)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Anderson 56-35, L. Trivino 13-9, Y. Petit 9-6, R. Buchter 16-10, J. Wendelken 14-8, E. Pagan 8-6, C. Hatcher 12-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Anderson 2-2, J. Wendelken 1-2, E. Pagan 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Anderson 13, L. Trivino 3, Y. Petit 3, R. Buchter 4, J. Wendelken 3, E. Pagan 3, C. Hatcher 3
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Shoemaker (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Shoemaker 60-37, O. Despaigne 46-35, W. Jerez 14-10, J. Tazawa 13-9, P. Bridwell 12-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Shoemaker 2-4, O. Despaigne 2-3, W. Jerez 2-0, P. Bridwell 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Shoemaker 13, O. Despaigne 12, W. Jerez 3, J. Tazawa 3, P. Bridwell 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Ward homered to left center, Marte scored45
    Marte doubled to deep left, Ohtani scored43
  • 6TH INNING
    Barreto homered to center, Olson scored42
  • 2ND INNING
    Piscotty homered to left, Olson scored22
  • 1ST INNING
    Marte homered to left center, Blash scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Parker Bridwell relieved Junichi Tazawa
    • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
    • F. Barreto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Barreto popped out to shortstop
    • M. Canha: Canha grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Hatcher relieved Emilio Pagan
    • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ohtani singled to center
    • J. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte doubled to deep left, Ohtani scored
    • T. Ward: Ball, Ball, Ward homered to left center, Marte scored
  • 8TH INNING
    • Junichi Tazawa relieved Williams Jerez
    • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
    • J. Lowrie: Lowrie lined out to second
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Emilio Pagan relieved J.B. Wendelken
    • S. Johnson: Strike looking, Ball, Johnson grounded out to first
    • J. Blash: Blash lined out to third
    • M. Hermosillo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Hermosillo struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Williams Jerez relieved Odrisamer Despaigne
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Joyce grounded out to third
    • B. Taylor: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • N. Martini: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martini grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J.B. Wendelken relieved Ryan Buchter
    • E. Young: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Young fouled out to shortstop
    • K. Cowart: Strike looking, Ball, Cowart flied out to left
    • Francisco Arcia hit for Joe Hudson
    • F. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Arcia grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • O. Despaigne Pitching:
    • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
    • Jonathan Lucroy hit for Khris Davis
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Olson singled to right
    • F. Barreto: Foul, Ball, Ball, Barreto homered to center, Olson scored
    • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Buchter relieved Yusmeiro Petit
    • M. Hermosillo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hermosillo struck out swinging
    • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
    • J. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Marte walked
    • T. Ward: Ward flied out to center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • O. Despaigne Pitching:
    • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Joyce flied out to left
    • Beau Taylor hit for Josh Phegley
    • B. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Taylor doubled to deep right
    • N. Martini: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Martini grounded out to second, Taylor to third
    • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Foul, Pinder flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Lou Trivino
    • J. Hudson: Hudson flied out to deep center
    • S. Johnson: Strike looking, Ball, Johnson popped out to second
    • J. Blash: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Blash struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Odrisamer Despaigne relieved Matt Shoemaker
    • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
    • F. Barreto: Strike looking, Barreto flied out to deep right
    • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Lou Trivino relieved Brett Anderson
    • Mark Canha in center field
    • T. Ward: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ward flied out to deep right
    • E. Young: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
    • K. Cowart: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cowart struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
    • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lowrie lined out to center
    • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chad Pinder at third base
    • J. Blash: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Blash struck out looking
    • M. Hermosillo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hermosillo reached on an infield single to second
    • S. Ohtani: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ohtani reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Hermosillo out at second
    • J. Marte: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
    • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Olson walked
    • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Piscotty homered to left, Olson scored
    • R. Laureano: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
    • Michael Hermosillo in center field
    • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Semien flied out to right
    • J. Phegley: Foul, Phegley singled to shallow left
    • N. Martini: Strike looking, Martini grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Joyce in right field
    • Franklin Barreto at shortstop
    • E. Young: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
    • K. Cowart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cowart struck out swinging
    • J. Hudson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hudson doubled to deep right
    • S. Johnson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Johnson struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Shoemaker Pitching:
    • N. Martini: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martini walked
    • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Martini to second on wild pitch, Foul, Chapman grounded out to third
    • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Lowrie flied out to deep right, Martini to third
    • K. Davis: Davis flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Anderson Pitching:
    • K. Calhoun: Calhoun singled to right center
    • Jabari Blash ran for Kole Calhoun
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Blash stole second, Foul, Trout lined out to left
    • S. Ohtani: Ohtani flied out to left
    • J. Marte: Ball, Marte homered to left center, Blash scored
    • T. Ward: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ward grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)