OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tony Kemp had a two-run single that put Oakland ahead in a six-run seventh inning, and the Athletics rallied past the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Sunday to finish a three-game sweep.
Shea Langeliers added a two-run double for Oakland. Ryan Noda and pinch-hitter Seth Brown each launched a two-run homer in the sixth to begin the comeback after the last-place A’s were held hitless through five innings.
Oakland blew a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh on Luis Rengifo’s 15th home run before storming back in the bottom half.
Zack Gelof singled with one out, and Angels reliever José Soriano (0-1) fielded Noda’s sharp comebacker but turned and threw the ball wildly into center field for an error. Brent Rooker walked to load the bases before Kemp’s single gave the A's a 6-4 lead. Rooker also scored on the play following a throwing error by center fielder Mickey Moniak.
Seth Brown was intentionally walked before Langeliers drove in a pair with a first-pitch double to right.
Oakland has won three straight for the second time this season. It was the third series sweep this year for the A’s (42-95).
Francisco Perez (1-1) retired two batters for his first career win.
Rengifo, who had an RBI single in the ninth, extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games.
Earlier in the day, Angels catcher Max Stassi announced he will miss the entire 2023 season because of a serious family medical issue.
The last-place A’s couldn’t muster much offense against Tyler Anderson early and got their first hit off the left-hander after a video replay overturned a call.
That change came one pitch before Noda crushed a first-pitch fastball from Anderson over the wall in center.
After Carlos Pérez singled to chase Anderson, Brown hit the second two-run homer of the inning for the A's, a pinch-hit drive off Andrew Wantz to make it 4-3.
Rengifo tied it with a solo home run off Adrián Martínez in the seventh.
Anderson dominated the A’s early. He retired nine of the first 10 batters and pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the fourth. Anderson allowed three hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings.
A’s starter Kyle Muller had three strikeouts in four innings and allowed three runs on five hits.
Athletics: Top prospect Mason Miller (forearm tightness) had four strikeouts in three scoreless innings during a rehab start with Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday. Miller threw 22 of his 37 pitches for strikes.
Angels: LHP Kenny Rosenberg (0-0, 6.43 ERA) faces the visiting Orioles on Monday. Rosenberg’s only start in the majors was against Seattle on June 19, 2022.
Athletics: LHP Ken Waldichuk (2-7, 5.92) pitches against the Blue Jays on Monday in Oakland, his 31st appearance this season and 18th start. Waldichuk is fourth in strikeouts (114) among rookie pitchers.
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Michael Wagaman, The Associated Press