A's edge Angels in 10 inningsMay 17, 2011 - 7:03 AM Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Kurt Suzuki slid in safely at home in front of Howie Kendrick's throw from the infield grass in the 10th inning, lifting the Athletics over the Angels, 5-4, in a wet opener of a two-game series between the American League West rivals.
The A's tied the game on Daric Barton's RBI single in the ninth and came away with the dramatic win in their next at-bat.
After striking out Hideki Matsui on a payoff pitch to start the 10th, Fernando Rodney (2-2) walked Suzuki and Conor Jackson on nine total pitches. On a 2-1 count to Mark Ellis, Rodney threw a wild pitch to move both runners up a base.
Kendrick was shifted from left field to second base as an extra infielder, and Ellis hit a chopper right to him. Running on contact, Suzuki was able to score the deciding run on Kendrick's high and wide throw.
"What a great finish to a tough game," A's manager Bob Geren said. "That was a big win for the team."
A's starter Brett Anderson was charged with three runs on five hits and four walks over 6 2/3 innings, while his counterpart, Joel Pineiro, was strong over seven innings, allowing three runs -- only one earned -- on six hits.
Rain delayed the game 85 minutes, and the sky opened again just as the Angels were making their comeback after trailing, 3-0.
A single and two walks loaded the bases in the top of the sixth, and the visitors got within 3-2 on Alberto Callaspo's fielder's choice grounder and Mark Trumbo's sacrifice fly.
LA loaded the bases again in the seventh, and Kendrick gave the Angels their first lead with a single to left off Michael Wuertz, bringing in Bobby Abreu and Maicer Izturis.
In the ninth, Coco Crisp kept Oakland alive with a two-out single off Jordan Walden, then stole second and came around to tie the game when Barton dumped a single to center.
Anderson shook off Bobby Wilson's leadoff double in the fifth and got some run support in the bottom half.
With David DeJesus on first after getting plunked, Ellis hit a high chopper to third. Callaspo fielded the ball and looked briefly to second before rushing to get Ellis at first. The throw went wide, and DeJesus slid in at home to break the scoreless tie.
Ellis took third on the error and scored on a single by Cliff Pennington, who moved to third on Crisp's double and made it 3-0 on a sac fly by Josh Willingham.
Wuertz was touched for two hits and a walk while recording only one out. He allowed only one hit in 9 1/3 innings coming into the game...Anderson, winless in five career starts against the Angels, struck out seven in the no- decision...The Angels had won six of the previous seven in the series...Walden suffered his third blown save...Izturis had three hits in the loss...Both teams were coming off series losses over the weekend. The A's dropped two of three to the White Sox, while the Angels did the same against the Rangers.
- LOS ANGELES: 4
May 17 2:40 AM
- Mark Ellis grounded into a fielder's choice scored Kurt Suzuki to end the game.
Angels 4, Athletics 5 Bot 10, 1 OutMay 17 2:40 AM
- Daric Barton singled to center scored Coco Crisp. Runner on first with two outs and Josh Willingham due up.
Angels 4, Athletics 4 Bot 9, 2 OutsMay 17 2:10 AM
- Howie Kendrick singled to left scored Bobby Abreu and Maicer Izturis. On the play, Torii Hunter advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Alberto Callaspo due up.
Angels 4, Athletics 3 Top 7, 2 OutsMay 17 1:25 AM
- Mark Trumbo sacrifice fly out to center scored Torii Hunter. Runner on first with two outs and Bobby Wilson due up.
Angels 2, Athletics 3 Top 6, 2 OutsMay 17 12:58 AM
- Alberto Callaspo grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second scored Maicer Izturis. Howie Kendrick out at second. Torii Hunter advances to third. Runners on first and third with one out and Mark Trumbo due up.
Angels 1, Athletics 3 Top 6, 1 OutMay 17 12:57 AM
- Josh Willingham sacrifice fly out to center scored Cliff Pennington. On the play, Daric Barton advances to second and Coco Crisp advances to third. Runners on second and third and with two outs and Hideki Matsui due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 3 Bot 5, 2 OutsMay 17 12:44 AM
- Cliff Pennington singled to center scored Mark Ellis. Runner on first with one out and Coco Crisp due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 2 Bot 5, 1 OutMay 17 12:40 AM
- Kevin Kouzmanoff grounded out third to first. Runner on third with one out and Cliff Pennington due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 1 Bot 5, 1 OutMay 17 12:39 AM
- Kevin Kouzmanoff grounded out short to first scored Mark Ellis.. None on with one out and Cliff Pennington due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 2 Bot 5, 1 OutMay 17 12:38 AM
- Mark Ellis reached third on Alberto Callaspo's throwing error scored David DeJesus. Runner on third with none out and Kevin Kouzmanoff due up.
Angels 0, Athletics 1 Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 17 12:36 AM
- LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
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