An­gels 5, Oak­land 4

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Bill Shaikin

KEY MO­MENT: The star of Kole Cal­houn bob­ble­head night was none other than Cal­houn him­self. In the sixth in­ning, with the An­gels down by one run, Cal­houn de­liv­ered a two-run sin­gle. Af­ter the A’s had gone back ahead, Cal­houn de­liv­ered the game-win­ning home run in the eighth in­ning.

AT THE PLATE: In the eighth in­ning, two bat­ters be­fore Cal­houn hit the homer, Mike Trout hit the game-ty­ing homer. For Trout, the home run was his 18th this sea­son, ty­ing Nel­son Cruz for the Amer­i­can League lead. Trout is on pace for 48 home runs; he hit a ca­reer-high 36 last sea­son.

ON THE MOUND: The A’s trailed, 3-2, with two out in the sev­enth in­ning and Josh Red­dick at bat. Red­dick is bat­ting .145 off left-han­ders and .371 off right-han­ders, but the An­gels stayed with right-han­der Fer­nando Salas. Red­dick hit the two-run home run that put the A’s ahead. An­gels starter Hec­tor San­ti­ago needed 106 pitches to get through 52⁄3 innings. He gave up two runs and seven hits, strik­ing out six.

YOU’RE OUTTA HERE: In­stant re­play has made the man­age­rial ar­gu­ment all but ex­tinct, but Mike Scios­cia was ejected af­ter putting on an old-fash­ioned, jaw-to-jaw show in the sixth in­ning. The An­gels led, 3-2, and Johnny Gi­avotella was called out af­ter ap­pear­ing to beat out an in­field sin­gle that would have given the An­gels two on and none out. Re­plays ap­peared to show Gi­avotella had beaten the throw, but the An­gels could not chal­lenge via re­play be­cause Scios­cia had lost a pre­vi­ous chal­lenge.

THIRD WHEEL: Third base­man David Freese said he has been cleared by doc­tors to re­turn to the lineup Satur­day. Freese sat out his third con­sec­u­tive start Fri­day be­cause of a sore ham­string. … With Freese re­turn­ing, the An­gels could try rookie Kyle Ku­b­itza in left field, Manager Mike Scios­cia said. Freese is el­i­gi­ble for free agency this fall, and the An­gels would like Ku­b­itza to suc­ceed him. “He has the po­ten­tial to be a pre­mium de­fender at third base,” Scios­cia said. “I don’t know if you want to give up on that.”

MIL­LION­AIRE: The An­gels signed their first-round draft choice, Fresno State catcher Tay­lor Ward, for a bonus of $1.67 mil­lion — al­most 20% be­low the $2.034-mil­lion bonus rec­om­mended for the 26th pick. "This is such a great or­ga­ni­za­tion with such great fans,” Ward said. “I’m re­ally blessed to be part of it. With th­ese guys, it didn’t take much for me to sign. Any­thing to help them out, that’s what I’m go­ing to do. The An­gels came af­ter me from day one at Fresno State.” Scout­ing direc­tor Ric Wil­son said the team would have drafted Ward even if he had in­sisted on the full rec­om­mended value but said the team now can ap­ply the sav­ings to sign­ing its other picks. “We’ll be able to sign every­body” of in­ter­est, Wil­son said.

UP NEXT: C.J. Wil­son (3-5, 3.92 ERA) faces Oak­land’s Ken­dall Grave­man (3-2, 4.82) on Satur­day at 7 p.m. at An­gel Sta­dium. TV: FS West; Ra­dio: 830, 1330.

Mark J. Ter­rill As­so­ci­ated Press

KOLE CAL­HOUN drops his bat af­ter hit­ting a solo home run in the eighth in­ning; it was Cal­houn bob­ble­head night at An­gel Sta­dium.

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