American League Game Summary - LA Angels of Anaheim at Oakland|
(Wednesday, May 1st)
Final Score: LA Angels of Anaheim 5, Oakland 4
Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - C.J. Wilson tossed 6 1/3 solid innings and
received support from a trio of home runs that helped the Los Angeles Angels
of Anaheim to a 5-4 victory over Oakland that prevented the Athletics from a
three-game series sweep.
The Angels grabbed a 4-2 lead on sixth-inning homers by Mike Trout and Mark
Trumbo, with Howie Kendrick clubbing a solo shot of his own earlier in the
game as part of a 3-for-4 day. Trout added a triple while scoring twice as
Anaheim halted a four-game losing streak.
"Whoever we're playing, we need wins," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "We
have to focus on what the process is to get there."
Wilson (3-0) survived five walks to limit the A's to a pair of runs on six
hits over his stint, while Ernesto Frieri snuffed out a late Oakland comeback
effort in registering the final five outs for his fourth save of the year.
"We have to stay hungry because we have a long road to get to where we want to
go," said Wilson.
All three Anaheim homers came against Tommy Milone (3-3), who was dealt the
loss despite matching a career high with 10 strikeouts over seven innings of
work. The left-hander was reached for four runs on seven hits.
Adam Rosales went 3-for-4 with an RBI single to pace Oakland offensively in
the setback, the A's first in six meetings with the Halos this year.
The Angels had managed only one hit -- Kendrick's solo homer in the second --
against Milone through the game's first four innings, and trailed 2-1 before
their bats began to come around in the fifth.
Consecutive singles from Josh Hamilton and Kendrick started the frame, and
J.B. Shuck later came through with a clutch two-out hit that brought home
Hamilton with the tying run.
Trout sent Anaheim ahead with a long home run to left to open the sixth. Two
batters later, Trumbo lofted a deep fly that bounced off the top of the
scoreboard and back in play as he safely ran to second, with a subsequent
video review determining the ball had cleared the home-run line for a 4-2
Trout's second triple in as many games came against Pat Neshek in the top of
the eighth, with the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year crossing the plate on Albert
Pujols' sac fly for what turned out to be a very important run.
Anaheim reliever Michael Kohn hit Nate Freiman with a pitch to open Oakland's
half of the eighth, with Luke Montz smoking an RBI double off Scott Downs one
out later to cut the deficit to two. Rosales then singled up the middle to
bring in Montz to pull the A's within 5-4, and the tying run reached second
after Frieri walked John Jaso before preventing further damage with an inning-
ending strikeout of Seth Smith.
Frieri overcame a bout of wildness in the ninth to nail down the win. He hit
leadoff hitter Yoenis Cespedes and later issued two walks, but Cespedes was
caught trying to steal and Frieri got Eric Sogard to foul out and end the game
with the tying run at second.
While Milone was otherwise efficient despite being plagued by the three gopher
balls, Wilson worked in and out of trouble for a good portion of his stint.
He escaped unscathed from a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first, then
stranded Rosales at third in the fourth after the Oakland infielder smacked a
leadoff double and advanced a base on a bunt.
The A's threatened again in the bottom of the sixth, when walks to Josh
Reddick and Jed Lowrie around a one-out single by Rosales loaded the bases
with one out. Wilson again came through, however, inducing a double-play
grounder from Derek Norris to end the inning.
"We don't need to go out and put anymore pressure on ourselves to win in New
York and Cleveland to try and better that record," stated A's shortstop Jed
Lowrie. "We're out here to win and we're going to do everything we can to win
Oakland's first runs came via back-to-back RBI doubles from Josh Donaldson and
Freiman in the third, with Freiman's hit putting the A's on top by a 2-1
The Athletics left 13 men on base for the game ... Montz was recalled from
Triple-A Sacramento prior to the contest after Oakland placed outfielder Coco
Crisp and pitcher Brett Anderson on the disabled list, and made his first
appearance in the majors since Sept. 28, 2008 (with Washington) ... Milone
struck out 10 batters twice as a rookie last season ... The Angels recalled
pitcher Ryan Brasier from Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday, while optioning
lefty reliever Nick Maronde to the minors.
05/01 22:06:02 ET