Athletics use two big innings to topple Angels

Jul 2, 2024, 9:56 PM | Updated: Jul 3, 2024, 9:48 am

Lawrence Butler #4 of the Oakland Athletics watches the ball take flight for a single in the sixth ...

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JULY 2: Lawrence Butler #4 of the Oakland Athletics watches the ball take flight for a single in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels on July 2, 2024 at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. (Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brandon Vallance/Getty Images)

Brent Rooker and Lawrence Butler homered in a four-run fourth inning, Mitch Spence pitched effectively into the sixth and the Oakland Athletics defeated the visiting Los Angeles Angels 7-5 on Tuesday night to open a three-game series.

In the rematch of a 3-0 Angels sweep last week in Anaheim, Calif., the A’s also used a two-run double by Brett Harris to create a cushion en route to just the second win in their past nine games.

Returning from the injured list, Jose Soriano (4-6) matched zeros with Spence until Rooker bombed his 16th homer, a solo shot, to center field with one out in the fourth.

A single by Shea Langeliers and two-out walk to Zack Gelof then set the table for Butler, whose third home run of the season made it 4-0.

Nolan Schanuel’s first of a career-high four RBIs, a sacrifice fly, closed the gap to 4-1 in the fifth. But that was the last scoring the Angels mustered off Spence (5-4), who ended a personal five-game winless streak that included a 7-5 loss against the Angels last week.

The right-hander allowed six hits in his 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday. He walked one and struck out five.

Pitching for the first time in 20 days after suffering an infection in his abdomen, Soriano was pulled after four innings, charged with four runs on three hits. He walked one and struck out four.

Harris’ double came as part of a three-run sixth that broke the game open. JJ Bleday completed Oakland’s scoring with an RBI single later in the inning.

Schanuel added a two-run single in the seventh and a two-out RBI double in the ninth, the latter getting the Angels within 7-4.

After Luis Rengifo followed with a run-scoring single, Athletics’ reliever Mason Miller had to face Taylor Ward as the potential tying run. The Oakland closer recorded his second strikeout of the inning to wrap up the save-less win.

Butler finished with two hits, two runs and three RBIs for the A’s, who won despite getting out-hit 11-7. Gelof also scored twice.

Brandon Drury scored three times after a single and two walks, while Schanuel, Rengifo and Logan O’Hoppe had two hits apiece for the Angels, who lost their second straight after six consecutive wins.

–Field Level Media

Upcoming schedule for the Oakland Athletics

  • Tuesday, July 2nd – Thursday, July 4th – vs. Los Angeles Angels
  • Friday, July 5th – Sunday, July 7th – vs. Baltimore Orioles
  • Tuesday, July 9th-Thursday, July 11th – @ Boston Red Sox
  • Friday, July 12th-Sunday, July 14th – @ Philadelphia Phillies
  • Monday, July 15th-Thursday, July 18th – MLB All-Star Break
  • Monday, July 15th – Home Run Derby
  • Tuesday, July 16th – MLB All-Star Game in Arlington, Texas

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