OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Luis Barrera hit a 3-pointer in his first career home run as the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 at home Ended a seven-game losing streak. The opener of Saturday’s Day and Night Doubles.
The A’s trailed 3-1 in the ninth with two outs before going up against the closer Raisel Iglesias (1-1).
Ramon Laureano doubled and Christian Bethancourt walked before Barrera sunk the ball into the right field seat in his 17th batting career. Barrera made a mistake in left field that gave the Angels their third point and the first double in the seventh inning as it flew to right field.
“I didn’t forget the whole game, but I wanted to make a difference when it was my turn, and it was my turn,” said Barrera.
Lou Trivino (1-2) allowed Mike Trout to end the ninth with two-for-two for the win.
Trout came off the bench for two rounds and the Angels led 3-1 in the eighth.
Trout came on after Sam Moll went with an out Jared Walsh. Zach Jackson deliberately took Trout after a pass, then pinched batter Anthony Rendon to break the tie left with an RBI single.
Andrew Velasquez then singled out to the left, and Trout scored after Barrera blundered through the ball.
But the A’s came together after eight innings of the season and their first win under manager Mark Cotter’s lead.
“I’m not down yet,” Cortesey said. “It’s a great feeling for this group. They don’t give up. They fight every night at the end of the game and I’m incredibly proud of that team right now.”
The Angels got the first RBI by Shohei Ohtani in Game 1, but couldn’t get anything else from Paul Black himself in 6 2/3 innings. Blackburn have conceded a point or less in five of their seven games this season.
The A’s tied for an RBI single in the seventh inning by pinch hitter Jed Lowrie.
The Angels had several sharp defenses, Velázquez jumped to snatch Camp to lead the game, and center fielder Aaron Whitefield dived to snatch Sean Murphy to end the sixth.
let’s play two
The A’s are playing their second double of the week, splitting the traditional Twins in Detroit on Wednesday. It was the first time since 1986 that the A’s played a pair of nine-inning doubles in the same week.
After rain in Baltimore earlier that month, Oakland had back-to-back twins at home against the Orioles on Aug. 28-29 of that season.
“I got here at 8 this morning, and I’m leaving here at about 10:30 tonight. But this is baseball, right?” Cortesey said. “It’s part of our game.”
Angels: INF Matt Duffy has rejoined the team after participating in Triple-A’s rehab assignment the past two nights. Manager Joe Maddon has yet to decide when to activate Duffy after working in Illinois for a while with COVID.
Athletics: Stephen Piscotti (Mavericks) is still not cleared to play in baseball and isn’t expected to be ready Tuesday when he qualifies for the first time out of Illinois.
In Game 2, RHP Adam Ole (0-2, 11.17) came out of Triple-A in Las Vegas as the 27th man to face Angels RHP Michael Lorenzen (3-2, 4.13).
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