LOS ANGELES (AP) — Billy Burns singled with two outs in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night.
The Angels successfully challenged what would have been a game-ending double play in the top of the ninth. A ball hit to right fielder Jake Smolinski was ruled a catch and with pinch-runner Todd Cunningham standing on second, it looked like an easy double play.
Replays clearly showed the ball bouncing into Smolinski’s glove and the play was reversed. Johnny Giavotella followed with a sacrifice fly that tied the game at 2.
Marcus Semien drew a two-out walk from Fernando Salas (3-3) and Smolinski singled him to third to set up Burns’ first career walk-off RBI.
Ryan Madson (3-2) gave up the lead in the ninth and got the victory.
Khris Davis hit a tie-breaking homer in the fourth and Oakland starter Kendall Graveman allowed three hits over seven innings.
Yonder Alonso drove in a run for the A’s, who had lost 10 of their previous 12 games. Danny Valencia added two hits and scored a run.
Kole Calhoun hit a home run for the Angels, who had a two-game winning streak end. The Angels have lost eight of 11.
Graveman was stuck with his third straight no-decision and he’s 1-0 over his last five starts. He gave up Calhoun’s homer and that was it. Graveman walked one and struck out four.
Angels starter Matt Shoemaker allowed two runs — one earned — and six hits. He walked one and struck out seven.
Shoemaker is 2-2 with a 1.82 ERA over his last six starts. He’s recorded 55 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings and walked one.
The A’s scored in the second on Alonso’s sacrifice fly to take 1-0 lead.
Calhoun’s ninth homer of the season, a solo shot with one out in the third, tied it.
Davis led off the fourth with his 16th homer of the year.
Angels: RHP Nick Tropeano (right shoulder tightness) will be throwing but is about a week away from beginning a rehab assignment. He last pitched May 29. … C Geovanny Soto (right lateral meniscus) was scheduled to catch a bullpen session and will take batting practice on Saturday.
Athletics: OF Josh Reddick (left thumb) took batting practice and will do so again Saturday. If all goes well, he’ll start a rehab assignment on Sunday with Triple-A Nashville. … LHP Rich Hill threw 10 pitches off the mound and will repeat that on Sunday. … LHP Sean Manaea played catch from 90 feet, an encouraging sign.
Angels: Former Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum will get his first start of the season Saturday. The right-hander, who pitched for Oakland’s Bay Area rival San Francisco Giants, is 5-3 with a 2.70 ERA in 10 career starts against the A’s. He’s making his first appearance in Oakland since June 22, 2012.
Athletics: Oakland has yet to make a decision on Saturday’s starter.
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