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Seven A's drive in runs as they beat Angels, close gap on Astros

Seven A's drive in runs as they beat Angels, close gap on Astros


ANAHEIM -- Jed Lowrie homered and moved over 1,000 hits for his career, and the Oakland Athletics held on for an 8-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, their ninth win in 11 games.

The A's, who currently occupy the second AL wild-card spot, moved within 2 1/2 games of first-place Houston in the AL West. The Astros have lost four consecutive games.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia went with a bullpen day, but the strategy backfired when reliever Taylor Cole (0-3), making his first career start, allowed three runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings.

Lowrie doubled to left field in Oakland's three-run first inning, giving him 1,000 hits over 11 seasons. It was also the 250th double of his career. Lowrie's 1001st career hit was his 18th homer this season, a two-run shot during a four-run fourth for the A's.

Marcus Semien had three hits for the A's and reached base four times, a day after hitting a pair of home runs. Lowrie also had a walk as he reached base three times.

Los Angeles trailed by as many as four but pulled within a run in the eighth inning on Shohei Ohtani's two-run single off Jeurys FamiliaBlake Treinen struck out the side in the ninth for his 30th save in 34 opportunities.

Rookie Francisco Arcia homered for the Angels. The homer, his third, came one day after Arcia pitched a scoreless mop-up inning. Justin Upton had two hits for the Angels, including an eighth-inning double that gave him an extra-base hit in five consecutive games.

A's starter Trevor Cahill allowed four runs on seven hits with a walk over 4 2/3 innings. Fernando Rodney (4-2) pitched a scoreless inning in relief to earn his first victory with the A's.

The Angels had the tying run at the plate in the sixth, but Ohtani struck out against Lou Trivino to end the threat.

Scioscia reiterated Sunday that he expects Ohtani to pitch again this season. While the two-way rookie from Japan has returned to designated-hitter duties, he has not pitched since June 6 because of a sprained right elbow ligament.

Ohtani will have what will amount to a medium-intensity bullpen session Monday in San Diego, where the Angels will open a three-game series. He would then work higher-intensity bullpens, followed by pitching to hitters, before his return.

Scioscia would not specify when he expects Ohtani to pitch again, but the likelihood is mid-to-late September.

"The goal is pitching again this year and we feel that is attainable," Scioscia said.

Angels: LHP Tyler Skaggs (left adductor strain) returned to the 10-day disabled list following his rough outing Saturday, when he gave up seven runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings against the A's. ... SS Andrelton Simmons was a late scratch from the lineup with left knee soreness and is day-to-day. ... C Rene Rivera (arthroscopic knee surgery) was expected to play in a game at Single-A Inland Empire on Sunday and Monday, with the Angels hoping he can return to the active roster during the upcoming road trip to San Diego, Texas and Arizona.

A's: LHP Sean Manaea (10-8, 3.50 ERA) will take the mound Monday at home against the Seattle Mariners, having lasted just 2 2/3 innings in a start against the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney (7-7, 3.96 ERA) will start Monday at San Diego, his first career appearance against the Padres.

A's outfielder Ramon Laureano makes one of the greatest throws ever

A's outfielder Ramon Laureano makes one of the greatest throws ever

There are feats of athleticism that make you stop, press rewind, stop again and question why you ever tried to play sports. Ramon Laureano did just that Saturday night in Los Angeles.

The A's rookie outfielder first made a fantastic catch. Somehow, that's barely worth mentioning. The throw was one of the greatest ever in MLB history on pure arm strength. 

Take a look for yourself:

After tracking down a deep blast from Angels outfielder Just Upton, Laureano stopped in his tracks and hurled a perfect throw from the warning track all the way to first base for a double play to end the bottom of the third inning. 

Dallas Braden called the play "one of the best catches you will ever see in your life." 

The ball didn't bounce. Not once. 

Is this the most impressive throw you have ever seen? Laureano just may have our vote. 

Former A's third baseman Eric Chavez named manager ... in Triple-A


Former A's third baseman Eric Chavez named manager ... in Triple-A

Reports surfaced Saturday that Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is set to step down after the 2018 season. One day later, Scioscia refuted the report. 

And in spectacular fashion. 

One of the reported candidates to replace Scioscia if he is no longer the Angels' manager in 2019 is former A's star Eric Chavez. While Scioscia denied all reports, Chavez actually took over as manger on Sunday ... sort of. 

Chavez will be the Angels' Triple-A manager for the Salt Lake Bees the rest of the season. Salt Lake manager Keith Johnson is joining the Angels' big league coaching staff for the remainder of the year. 

Could Johnson be the Angels' next manager now that he is in a major league dugout or are they grooming Chavez with his first coaching experience only one step away from the big leagues? Chavez was hired as a special assistant when Billy Epler was named Angels GM after the 2015 season.

He has never been a coach.

Oakland selected Chavez with the No. 10 overall pick in the 1996 MLB Draft. Chavez played 13 seasons with the A's and won six straight Gold Glove awards at third base from 2001 to 2006. He also won the Silver Slugger in 2002 when he batted .275 with a career-high 34 home runs.