Oak­land 3, An­gels 2

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - Mike DiGiovanna

KEY MO­MENT: Johnny Gi­avotella crushed a Tyler Clip­pard changeup in the ninth in­ning that looked like a go- ahead two- run homer to left field. “From the dugout, it looked like a no- doubter,” An­gels slug­ger Al­bert Pu­jols said. But Gi­avotella hit it in the wrong spot, di­rectly to­ward a gap be­tween the up­per decks in the Oak­land Coli­seum. Sam Fuld made the catch at the wall in front of the 367- foot sign to end the game. “He hit it hard enough, but in that one al­ley, the wind pushes straight in,” Man­ager Mike Scios­cia said. “If you pull it a lit­tle more, you’re fine. If you hit it more to­ward the [ out- of- town] score­board, it will go. It was right in that al­ley that knocks it down. It’s frus­trat­ing.”

AT THE PLATE: Pu­jols flied to the warn­ing track in cen­ter with two on in the first and lined to right with two on to end the third, but he drove a two- run homer to left in the eighth to pull the An­gels to within 3- 2. It was the Amer­i­can League- lead­ing 21st homer of the sea­son and 13th in 23 games for the slug­ger. Since the start of May, Pu­jols has more homers ( 18) than strike­outs ( 16). The Ath­let­ics scored three runs in six in­nings off Gar­rett Richards. Fuld dou­bled and scored on Billy Burns’ sin­gle in the third, and Brett Lawrie and Ike Davis hit RBI sin­gles in the sixth, an in­ning Stephen Vogt and Ben Zo­brist opened with sin­gles.

ON THE MOUND: A’s left- han­der Scott Kazmir beat the An­gels and his de­mons, giv­ing up one run and six hits in 7 1⁄3 in­nings and in­duc­ing dou­ble- play grounders to end the fifth and sixth. Kazmir, re­leased by the An­gels af­ter go­ing 11- 17 with a 5.31 earned- run av­er­age from 2009- 2011, en­tered Satur­day with a 28- 22 record and 3.61 ERA since the start of 2013. But in three starts against the An­gels, he was 0- 3 with a 22.09 ERA. “It feels a lit­tle more spe­cial to pitch the way I did to­day against that team, know­ing some of the guys,” Kazmir said. “As much as they heck­led me the past year or so, it felt good.” The heck­ling, Kazmir said, was good- na­tured. “[ Erick] Ay­bar is the No. 1 guy,” he said. “Great guy. He got me a cou­ple of times. They had a lot of ammo, so I’m glad to get this one.”

DE­LAY OF GAME: It took replay of­fi­cials 5 min­utes 14 sec­onds to re­view a sec­ond- in­ning call at third in which Lawrie, at­tempt­ing to steal, was ruled safe, then out by um­pire Greg Gib­son when he slid past the bag. An­gels third base­man David Freese tagged Lawrie once but not af­ter Lawrie came off the bag. Of­fi­cials in New York, is­su­ing a rare ex­pla­na­tion for a call, de­ter­mined Lawrie was tagged on the right shoul­der be­fore touch­ing third. Of­fi­cials look at the en­tirety of the play, no mat­ter what part is chal­lenged.

MILE­STONE: Scios­cia de­clined to at­tach any sig­nif­i­cance to the fact he man­aged his 2,500th reg­u­lar- sea­son game Sun­day. “It’s nei­ther here nor there,” he said. Does he have another 2,500 games in him? “Let’s worry about to­day’s game.”

UP NEXT: Left- han­der Hec­tor San­ti­ago ( 4- 4, 2.77 ERA) will op­pose Hous­ton left- han­der Brett Ober­holtzer ( 2- 1, 2.73) at An­gel Sta­dium on Mon­day at 7 p. m. TV: FS West; Ra­dio: 830, 1330. —

Jason O. Wat­son Getty I mages

BEN ZO­BRIST of the Ath­let­ics slides past Car­los Perez of the An­gels to score in the sixth in­ning.

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