Chap­man’s go-ahead HR car­ries A’s past An­gels

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Shayna Ru­bin

ANAHEIM — Matt Chap­man hit a tworun home run, his 35th of the year, to give the Oak­land A’s a 3-2 win over the Los An­ge­les An­gels on Wed­nes­day night.

The A’s looked a bit tired in Anaheim. They were 0 for 6 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion through the game’s first three in­nings.

Frankie Mon­tas, back from his 80-game sus­pen­sion, was do­ing his part. Min­ing traf­fic as best he could, he nav­i­gated through a scor­ing threat in the third thanks to Matt Ol­son’s glove on Kole Cal­houn’s chop­per, then a threat in the fifth he mit­i­gated by strik­ing out Brian Good­win on his trusty split­ter. He threw seven in­nings, and al­lowed just a Tay­lor Ward home run on his hang­ing slider.

Ramón Lau­re­ano de­cided to rev the en­gine. He ex­e­cuted his yearly out­field-as­sisted dou­ble play at An­gel Sta­dium, catch­ing Tay­lor Ward stray­ing too far from first with his laser throw from right field. Lau­re­ano fol­lowed that up with a game-ty­ing home run, his 23rd of the year.

Be­fore Chap­man’s home run, the A’s went 1 for 14 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion and left 11 on base. The big hit that seems to ap­pear in mul­ti­tudes eluded them. The big hit found the An­gels, from Kaleb Cowart off Yus­meiro Petit in the sev­enth in­ning for the lead.

Af­ter mak­ing an awk­ward throw on Jared Walsh’s dou­ble, Mark Canha left the game in the sev­enth in­ning with a left groin strain.

ROBERT GAUTHIER/TRI­BUNE NEWS SER­VICE

The A's Matt Chap­man, seen here cel­e­brat­ing in June, sent the A's past the An­gels on Wed­nes­day.

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