Callaspo’s Two-Run Double In 11th Lifts Angels Past A’s
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Alberto Callaspo hit a go-ahead two-run double in the 11th inning, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Wednesday.
Kendrys Morales drew a one-out walk in the 11th against Justin Norberto (0-1) and was lifted for pinch-runner Peter Bourjos, who moved to third on Howie Kendrick’s two-out single. Callaspo then drove them both home with a double to left.
Jordan Walden (1-1) pitched a 1-2-3 10th and Ernesto Frieri finished for his first major league save on a day the Angels couldn’t deliver enough to back starter Jered Weaver.
Weaver allowed one run and three hits in eight innings but missed a chance to become the majors’ first seven-game winner.
Weaver surrendered a tying solo home run to Seth Smith in the sixth and gave the Angels another strong performance following a one-hitter by C.J. Wilson and Frieri a night earlier in the Angels’ 4-0 win.
Maicer Izturis hit an RBI single in the third inning against A’s starter Jarrod Parker, but that wasn’t enough to hold up for Weaver. The right-hander is 2-0 with a 1.66 ERA in his last three starts at the Coliseum.
Parker struck out a career-best eight and walked one in seven innings, allowing one run and five hits. The right-hander is winless in four starts since beating Boston at Fenway Park on May 1 for his lone victory. Parker’s one walk was a positive sign, considering he had issued at least four batters in each of his previous three outings.
Making his first career start against the Angels, Parker bounced back with a solid day after he was tagged for a career-high six runs in a career-low two innings in Friday’s 8-6 loss at San Francisco.
Neither starter received m,uch support, which has been the case for both clubs at times this season.
Oakland has been without its best bats with Brandon Inge and Yoenis Cespedes both on the disabled list, and manager Bob Melvin said before the game suspended slugger Manny Ramirez might not be ready to be promoted from his Triple-A stint on May 30 — his 40th birthday — as planned when he’s eligible. Ramirez has been dealing with a wrist injury.
The Angels have their own issues and are missing their share of chances.
Albert Pujols went 1 for 4 and recorded a hit for 11th time in his last 12 games. The slugger singled in the sixth but was thrown out at third trying to take an extra base on Morales’ sixth-inning single.
The Angels won for just their third time in the last eight meetings with the AL West rival A’s. Oakland leads the season series 5-4.
Los Angeles improved to 2-21 when scoring three runs or fewer.
Angels shortstop Erick Aybar had most of the day off to rest a day after he was hit in the right knee by a pitch in the seventh inning. He flied out as a pinch-hitter in the 10th.
Los Angeles rookie Kole Calhoun doubled in the fifth for his first major league hit. He made his big league debut Tuesday night as a ninth inning defensive substitute in right field for Mark Trumbo.
Notes: A’s manager Bob Melvin said suspended slugger Manny Ramirez might not be ready to play for the A’s by May 30, his 40th birthday and the day he is eligible to return. Ramirez is currently spending a stint with Triple-A Sacramento but has been nursing a wrist injury Melvin called a “little setback.” … Injured A’s CF Cespedes hoped to test his strained left hand with some swings to determine his rehab progress. … The Angels have scored 15 runs UPDATE over their last eight games vs. Oakland. Los Angeles heads to Seattle for four games to finish its 10-game road trip, and is expected to get RF Torii Hunter back from the restricted list next week after he returned to Texas following the arrest of his teenage son. … Pujols is batting .378 (14 of 37) with five doubles, a home run and four RBIs in seven games vs. the A’s this year.