There was no post-AL West clinch-day hangover for the Oakland Athletics on Monday night, as they hit their way past the Los Angeles Angels 10-5 on the road.
The A’s pounded out eight hits and seven runs against Angels’ starter Garrett Richards, who went just 4.2 innings. They hit three home runs on the night, starting with Jed Lowrie’s three-run blast in the third that gave the A’s a 5-1 lead.
The Angels came right back in the bottom half of the third. A’s starter Tommy Milone pitched himself into a jam, and Howie Kendrick drilled a three-run, bases-clearing double to right field that cut the lead to a single run. Kendrick was Milone’s Achilles’ heel tonight, as he also homered off Milone in the second inning for the Angels’ first run. Milone went 5.1 innings, allowing five runs on five hits, but only two of those runs were earned.
But Brandon Moss would give the A’s some breathing room with a two-run shot to right in the fifth.
Oakland jumped out in front early in the second inning on a two-out rally. Seth Smith doubled in Josh Reddick from first, then Stephen Vogt knocked in Smith with a single.
The A’s piled on a few more runs in the ninth, with Alberto Callaspo and Reddick recording RBIs.