A’s preserve tempo in wild-card race with 5-4 win over Angels

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — — The Oakland Athletics dedicated three errors within the first two innings, stranded 10 runners via the primary six and didn’t have an extra-base hit all evening on the Big A.

The A’s nonetheless manufactured sufficient ugly runs and received sufficient lovely pitching to maintain tempo within the AL wild-card race.

Cole Irvin threw six strong innings at his hometown stadium to earn his first victory in 4 weeks, and Oakland held on for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.

Josh Harrison had two RBI and Mark Canha scored the go-ahead run on a handed ball within the sixth for the A’s (80-67), who received their third straight and remained 2 1/2 video games out of the ultimate playoff spot. Oakland stored tempo with the Yankees (83-65) and gained a recreation on Toronto (82-65), which misplaced to Minnesota and dropped a half-game behind New York for the second wild card.

The A’s are operating out of probabilities to achieve floor, however they had been grateful to get via a tough evening in Anaheim with their hopes intact.

“You have to win,” Matt Chapman mentioned. “We can’t really dissect it too much. It’s too late in the season for that. The pressure is on now. We’ve got to win every game from here on out, or at least that’s the attitude.”

Irvin (10-13) yielded seven hits and struck out three, permitting only one earned run regardless of giving up his sixth homer in 4 begins. The native of close by Yorba Linda graduated from Servite High School, six miles from Angel Stadium.

“As many wins as we can get right now, we’ll take,” Irvin mentioned. “It can be ugly. It can be perfect. A win is a win, and we’re trying to do everything we can.”

Oakland’s early miscues included a run-scoring error by Irvin — however the protection lastly got here via late, courtesy of Starling Marte.

The heart fielder threw out Kean Wong for the ultimate out of the eighth after the Angels’ pinch-runner foolishly tried to go from first to 3rd on Luis Rengifo‘s single.

“I’ve never seen somebody run on him yet,” mentioned Chapman, who tagged out Wong at third. “I honestly hadn’t caught a throw from him from the outfield. He let it rip, and I was like, ’Wow.’ … He’s got a cannon. That’s why he’s got so many assists and why nobody even challenges him. Now I know why.”

Marte additionally made a pleasant operating catch on Brandon Marsh‘s deep line drive for the second out of the ninth.

Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his third save, and first since Sept. 2.

Kurt Suzuki homered and David Fletcher had a two-run single throughout a four-run second inning for the Angels, who opened their ultimate homestand of one other disappointing season with their seventh loss in 11 video games.

Shortly after Oakland tied it on pinch-hitter Seth Brown’s RBI groundout within the sixth, Canha ran residence when Suzuki couldn’t catch Jose Marte’s pitch to Chapman.

Marte (0-1) issued the ninth stroll within the first six innings by Los Angeles pitchers.

ANOTHER DEBUT

Jhonathan Diaz did not get out of the second inning after changing into the twelfth pitcher and fourth starter to make his main league debut this season for the Angels, who’ve used a franchise-record 63 gamers in 2021. The Venezuelan left-hander solely made three appearances at Triple-A, going 0-3 for Salt Lake, earlier than getting this unlikely promotion.

Diaz, who walked 4 A’s and hit a batter, was chased after giving up Harrison’s RBI single and Matt Olson‘s sacrifice fly within the second.

“As soon as I threw the first pitch, the nerves went away,” Diaz mentioned via a translator. “I reached my life goal, and now it’s time to maintain. I feel like this year has gone really well for me. I’ve advanced a lot of levels this year.”

SHOHEI THROWS

Diaz is up as a result of the Angels determined to push again the scheduled begin of two-way celebrity Shohei Ohtani, who had arm soreness. Ohtani threw a 30-pitch bullpen Friday, and the Angels introduced in the course of the recreation he will start Sunday in opposition to the A’s.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: SS Elvis Andrus wasn’t within the beginning lineup after getting hit by a pitch on his left foot Sunday. … RHP Chris Bassitt will throw to hitters Tuesday in Anaheim. He is getting back from a facial fracture after getting hit by a line drive Aug. 17.

Angels: RHP Dylan Bundy (proper shoulder pressure) is not more likely to pitch once more this season, supervisor Joe Maddon mentioned. Bundy had an terrible, injury-plagued 12 months that may value him many tens of millions heading into free company. He posted a 6.06 ERA and 1.36 WHIP after 3.29 and 1.04 marks final season.

UP NEXT

José Suarez (7-7, 3.59 ERA) goes for his third consecutive victory in his first outing at Angel Stadium since throwing the Halos’ solely full recreation of the season on Sept. 4. James Kaprielian (7-5, 4.02 ERA) pitches for Oakland.

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