Piscotty leads resourceful Athletics past Angels, 7-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics know they can count on their power. Their last two performances in Anaheim demonstrated they've got what it takes to score in many other ways.

Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in two runs, and Mike Fiers pitched six solid innings in the A's 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

Ramon Laureano had two RBIs and Mark Canha reached base four times for the A's, who rebounded from a five-game skid by taking two of three in Anaheim. Piscotty's seventh-inning homer was only a grace note on a second straight symphonic display of run production by an offense that can do more than blast the long ball.

''We know we can hit some homers, but when we win games like this, it's good,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''We have to be able to win games without the homers.''

The A's finished third in the big leagues last season with 227 homers, and they're eighth this year with 94 after hitting at least one in 14 of their last 15 games.

But after they scored nine runs without a homer Wednesday night, the A's cobbled together six runs in a two-inning stretch Thursday without an extra-base hit against Tyler Skaggs (4-6). Laureano had an RBI single and a sacrifice fly during the rallies.

Oakland scored three in the fourth inning with four consecutive singles and a sacrifice fly during a rally that began with Piscotty's single. The A's added three more in the fifth with just one hit, capitalizing on three walks, two errors and two more sacrifice flies.

''I like the runs we've been putting up collectively,'' said Khris Davis, who had that RBI single in the fifth. ''I feel like we've got a rhythm going. It feels good to know things are clicking.''

Mike Trout hit a two-run homer for the Angels, who have lost three of four.

One night after these teams played the longest nine-inning game in Angel Stadium history in a glacial 4 hours, 13 minutes, Oakland won another deliberately paced game behind Fiers (5-3), who yielded seven hits and three runs while earning his second career victory at the Big A.

The Halos dropped the series to their California rivals with a performance including three errors and a second straight night of ineffective pitching.

Skaggs couldn't get an out in the fifth inning, matching his shortest start of the season on a night when Los Angeles was hoping for a lengthy outing from its left-hander. Skaggs yielded six singles and a season-high four walks in his fourth consecutive winless start.

''The command wasn't there,'' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. ''Skaggsy wasn't as sharp as he has been on other days. He had a couple of 10-pitch at-bats that wore him down. Just an off day.''

Trout trimmed Oakland's lead to 6-3 in the fifth with his 16th homer, a two-run shot that went 403 feet. The two-time AL MVP homered in his second straight game and for the fourth time in his last seven games, but the Angels couldn't measure up to their 10-run performance in Wednesday's extra-long game.

''I think the A's played the same game as us, and they were fine,'' Ausmus said. ''I don't want to use that as a crutch.''

Piscotty got his solo shot in the seventh off Jaime Barria, who pitched five innings of three-hit relief that included five consecutive strikeouts late.

OHTANI HEATING UP

Shohei Ohtani went 1 for 4 and scored a run for the Angels. The 2018 AL Rookie of the Year has a hit in seven of his last nine games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Jharel Cotton had surgery on his right hamstring, delaying his return from Tommy John surgery. Cotton, who hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2017, made three recent minor league appearances. ''Obviously it's going to be some time, at least a few weeks'' until Cotton pitches again, Melvin said. ''At least he can still keep his arm in shape, but that's going to set him back considerably.''

Angels: Andrelton Simmons fielded grounders before the game, taking another step in his return from a sprained ankle. The Gold Glove shortstop still has no firm date for his return, but he is also taking swings.

UP NEXT

Athletics: Brett Anderson (6-4, 3.95 ERA) takes the mound when Oakland opens a four-game series at Texas, which will start Lance Lynn (7-4, 4.50).

Angels: Andrew Heaney (0-0, 4.09 ERA) makes his third start of the season when Los Angeles opens a three-game home series with the Mariners, who counter with Marco Gonzales (5-6, 4.89).

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  • W: M. Fiers (5-3)L: T. Skaggs (4-6)
  • HR: OAK - S. Piscotty (8), LAA - M. Trout (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Semien SS50100021.259.348.398.7470.0
C. Pinder LF41000121.264.305.443.7471.0
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K. Davis DH51210020.247.316.472.7883.0
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M. Canha 1B11100300.237.379.559.9385.0
M. Olson 1B10100000.221.319.471.7902.0
R. Laureano CF41120004.259.307.424.7314.0
J. Profar 2B30110112.207.273.378.6512.5
J. Phegley C30010005.264.303.479.7821.0
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J. Soria P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. La Stella 3B51210001.313.373.527.9004.0
    M. Trout CF41121110.293.462.6061.0687.5
    S. Ohtani DH41100002.250.330.400.7302.0
    K. Calhoun RF40200000.237.325.474.8004.0
    D. Fletcher SS40100001.312.364.440.8051.0
    B. Goodwin LF20010111.283.344.449.7941.5
    D. Garneau C40000014.250.455.313.767-0.5
    J. Walsh 1B41100010.250.294.313.6072.5
    L. Rengifo 2B40100011.241.327.356.6831.5
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    J. Barria P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Olson (5)
      • HR - S. Piscotty (8)
      • SF - S. Piscotty (3), R. Laureano (3), J. Phegley (2)
      • RBI - K. Davis (31), S. Piscotty 2 (29), R. Laureano 2 (23), J. Profar (35), J. Phegley (34)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Semien, M. Chapman, R. Laureano, J. Profar, J. Phegley 5 (5)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Walsh (2), L. Rengifo (5)
      • HR - M. Trout (16)
      • SF - B. Goodwin (3)
      • RBI - T. La Stella (36), M. Trout 2 (41), B. Goodwin (22)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout 2 (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. La Stella, S. Ohtani 2 (2), D. Garneau 4 (4)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Calhoun (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - K. Calhoun (4), B. Goodwin (4), L. Rengifo (2)
      • PB - D. Garneau
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (W, 5-3)6.07330514.761.1620.5
      R. Buchter0.21000003.861.77-1.0
      L. Hendriks0.10001001.831.17-1.0
      L. Trivino1.00001004.261.332.0
      J. Soria1.01110005.281.171.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (W, 5-3)6.0
      R. Buchter0.2
      L. Hendriks0.1
      L. Trivino1.0
      J. Soria1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (L, 4-6)4.06654404.971.36-6.0
      J. Barria5.03112616.521.6612.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (L, 4-6)4.0
      J. Barria5.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 99-67, R. Buchter 11-7, L. Hendriks 12-7, L. Trivino 9-4, J. Soria 13-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 5-8, L. Hendriks 1-0, L. Trivino 3-0, J. Soria 3-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 25, R. Buchter 3, L. Hendriks 2, L. Trivino 4, J. Soria 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Skaggs (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 92-59, J. Barria 92-62
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 3-5, J. Barria 3-7
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 22, J. Barria 21
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Semien SS50100021.259.348.398.7470.0
      C. Pinder LF41000121.264.305.443.7471.0
      M. Chapman 3B41000121.269.351.538.8881.0
      K. Davis DH51210020.247.316.472.7883.0
      S. Piscotty RF42221011.265.330.427.7578.5
      M. Canha 1B11100300.237.379.559.9385.0
      M. Olson 1B10100000.221.319.471.7902.0
      R. Laureano CF41120004.259.307.424.7314.0
      J. Profar 2B30110112.207.273.378.6512.5
      J. Phegley C30010005.264.303.479.7821.0
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      R. Buchter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      L. Hendriks P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      L. Trivino P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      J. Soria P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        T. La Stella 3B51210001.313.373.527.9004.0
        M. Trout CF41121110.293.462.6061.0687.5
        S. Ohtani DH41100002.250.330.400.7302.0
        K. Calhoun RF40200000.237.325.474.8004.0
        D. Fletcher SS40100001.312.364.440.8051.0
        B. Goodwin LF20010111.283.344.449.7941.5
        D. Garneau C40000014.250.455.313.767-0.5
        J. Walsh 1B41100010.250.294.313.6072.5
        L. Rengifo 2B40100011.241.327.356.6831.5
        T. Skaggs P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        J. Barria P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
        Total3549412510-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Olson (5)
          • HR - S. Piscotty (8)
          • SF - S. Piscotty (3), R. Laureano (3), J. Phegley (2)
          • RBI - K. Davis (31), S. Piscotty 2 (29), R. Laureano 2 (23), J. Profar (35), J. Phegley (34)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Semien, M. Chapman, R. Laureano, J. Profar, J. Phegley 5 (5)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Walsh (2), L. Rengifo (5)
          • HR - M. Trout (16)
          • SF - B. Goodwin (3)
          • RBI - T. La Stella (36), M. Trout 2 (41), B. Goodwin (22)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout 2 (11)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. La Stella, S. Ohtani 2 (2), D. Garneau 4 (4)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - K. Calhoun (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - K. Calhoun (4), B. Goodwin (4), L. Rengifo (2)
          • PB - D. Garneau
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers (W, 5-3)6.07330514.761.1620.5
          R. Buchter0.21000003.861.77-1.0
          L. Hendriks0.10001001.831.17-1.0
          L. Trivino1.00001004.261.332.0
          J. Soria1.01110005.281.171.0
          Total9.0944251---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers (W, 5-3)6.0
          R. Buchter0.2
          L. Hendriks0.1
          L. Trivino1.0
          J. Soria1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Skaggs (L, 4-6)4.06654404.971.36-6.0
          J. Barria5.03112616.521.6612.0
          Total9.09766101---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Skaggs (L, 4-6)4.0
          J. Barria5.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 99-67, R. Buchter 11-7, L. Hendriks 12-7, L. Trivino 9-4, J. Soria 13-11
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 5-8, L. Hendriks 1-0, L. Trivino 3-0, J. Soria 3-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 25, R. Buchter 3, L. Hendriks 2, L. Trivino 4, J. Soria 4
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Skaggs (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 92-59, J. Barria 92-62
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 3-5, J. Barria 3-7
          • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 22, J. Barria 21
          • 9TH INNING
            La Stella grounded out to shortstop, Walsh scored74
          • 7TH INNING
            Piscotty homered to left center73
          • 5TH INNING
            Trout homered to left, La Stella scored63
            Laureano hit sacrifice fly to left, Davis scored, Canha to second61
            Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to left, Chapman scored, Davis to third on left fielder Goodwin throwing error51
            Davis singled to shallow right, Pinder scored, Chapman to third, Davis to second on right fielder Calhoun throwing error41
          • 4TH INNING
            Goodwin hit sacrifice fly to center, Ohtani scored31
            Phegley hit sacrifice fly to right, Laureano scored30
            Profar singled to shallow center, Canha scored, Laureano to third20
            Laureano singled to shallow center, Piscotty scored, Canha to second10
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Olson doubled to left center
            • R. Laureano: Strike swinging, Ball, Laureano flied out to shallow left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Joakim Soria relieved Lou Trivino
            • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Walsh doubled to deep right
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rengifo grounded out to first, Walsh to third
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Foul, La Stella grounded out to shortstop, Walsh scored
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Semien struck out looking
            • C. Pinder: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
            • M. Chapman: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Lou Trivino relieved Liam Hendriks
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to first
            • D. Fletcher: Fletcher grounded out to second
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goodwin walked
            • D. Garneau: Garneau grounded out to third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis flied out to deep left
            • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty homered to left center
            • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Canha walked
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Laureano flied out to center
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Profar safe at first on 2nd baseman Rengifo fielding error, Canha to third
            • J. Phegley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Phegley grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Ryan Buchter relieved Mike Fiers
            • Matt Olson at first base
            • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Walsh lined out to right
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Rengifo popped out to second
            • T. La Stella: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, La Stella reached on an infield single to second
            • Liam Hendriks relieved Ryan Buchter
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Trout walked, La Stella to second
            • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ohtani grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Barria Pitching:
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Phegley grounded out to third
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien singled to shallow left center
            • C. Pinder: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pinder flied out to right
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Semien to second on passed ball, Chapman popped out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Foul, Calhoun singled to shallow center
            • D. Fletcher: Ball, Fletcher lined out to center
            • B. Goodwin: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Calhoun stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goodwin struck out swinging
            • D. Garneau: Strike swinging, Ball, Garneau popped out to first
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pinder walked
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Chapman walked, Pinder to second
            • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis singled to shallow right, Pinder scored, Chapman to third, Davis to second on right fielder Calhoun throwing error
            • Jaime Barria relieved Tyler Skaggs
            • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Piscotty hit sacrifice fly to left, Chapman scored, Davis to third on left fielder Goodwin throwing error
            • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Canha walked
            • R. Laureano: Foul, Laureano hit sacrifice fly to left, Davis scored, Canha to second
            • J. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Profar struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • J. Walsh: Foul, Walsh grounded out to second
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rengifo struck out swinging
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, La Stella singled to left
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout homered to left, La Stella scored
            • S. Ohtani: Ohtani grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • S. Piscotty: Piscotty singled to right
            • M. Canha: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Piscotty to second on wild pitch, Canha singled to left, Piscotty to third
            • R. Laureano: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Laureano singled to shallow center, Piscotty scored, Canha to second
            • J. Profar: Profar singled to shallow center, Canha scored, Laureano to third
            • J. Phegley: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Phegley hit sacrifice fly to right, Laureano scored
            • M. Semien: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Trout flied out to right
            • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ohtani singled to right
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun singled to right, Ohtani to second
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Fletcher singled to shallow center, Ohtani to third, Calhoun to second
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin hit sacrifice fly to center, Ohtani scored
            • D. Garneau: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Garneau struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Semien lined out to right
            • C. Pinder: Pinder lined out to right
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Chapman lined out to right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • D. Garneau: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garneau grounded out to third
            • J. Walsh: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Walsh struck out swinging
            • L. Rengifo: Ball, Ball, Rengifo doubled to deep right
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, La Stella flied out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Foul, Davis singled to shallow center
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Piscotty reached on fielder's choice to center, Davis out at second
            • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Canha walked, Piscotty to second
            • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Laureano flied out to deep center
            • J. Profar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Profar walked, Piscotty to third, Canha to second
            • J. Phegley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Phegley reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Profar out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Calhoun lined out to right
            • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to third
            • B. Goodwin: Strike looking, Ball, Goodwin flied out to deep center
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Skaggs Pitching:
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien grounded out to third
            • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pinder struck out looking
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Strike looking, La Stella grounded out to second
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
            • S. Ohtani: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ohtani popped out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)