LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cole Irvin pitched six stable innings to earn his first victory in 4 weeks, and the Oakland Athletics stored tempo within the AL wild-card race with a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night time.
Josh Harrison had two RBIs and Mark Canha scored the go-ahead run on a handed ball within the sixth for the A’s (80-67), who received their third straight and remained 2 1/2 video games out of the ultimate wild-card spot. Oakland stored tempo with the Yankees (83-65) and gained a sport on Toronto (82-65), which misplaced to Minnesota and dropped a half-game behind New York for the second slot.
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Oakland dedicated three errors within the first two innings, stranded 10 runners within the first six innings and didn’t have an extra-base hit. The A’s nonetheless manufactured sufficient runs to win towards a makeshift Angels pitching workers.
And Oakland’s protection lastly got here by means of late, courtesy of Starling Marte. The middle fielder threw out Kean Wong for the ultimate out of the eighth after the Angels’ pinch-runner foolishly tried to go from first to 3rd on Luis Rengifo’s single. Marte additionally made a pleasant operating catch on Brandon Marsh’s deep line drive for the second out of the ninth.
Irvin (10-13) yielded seven hits and struck out three, permitting only one earned run regardless of giving up his sixth homer in 4 begins.
Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his third save, and first since Sept. 2.
Kurt Suzuki homered and David Fletcher had a two-run single for the Angels, who opened their closing homestand of one other disappointing season with their seventh loss in 11 video games.
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Jhonathan Diaz didn’t get out of the second inning after changing into the twelfth pitcher and fourth starter to make his main league debut this season for the Angels, who’ve used a franchise-record 63 gamers in 2021. The Venezuelan left-hander solely made three appearances at Triple-A, going 0-3 for Salt Lake, earlier than getting this unlikely promotion.
Diaz, who walked 4 A’s and hit a batter, was chased after giving up Harrison’s RBI single and Matt Olson’s sacrifice fly within the second.
However the Angels began a four-run rally within the second with Suzuki’s solo homer and prolonged it on errors by Harrison and Irvin.
Shortly after Oakland tied it on pinch-hitter Seth Brown’s RBI groundout within the sixth, Canha ran residence when Suzuki couldn’t catch Jose Marte’s pitch to Matt Chapman.
Marte (0-1) issued the ninth stroll within the first six innings by Los Angeles pitchers.
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