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baseball, the Los Angeles Angels treated all of the late innings like they were
the ninth and the tactic was rewarded when they rallied for a 4-3 victory over
the Oakland Athletics.Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton hit two-run homers and
Albert Pujols reached another milestone as the Angels were forced into comeback
mode early on Friday night.With a single in the sixth inning, Pujols recorded
his 1,000th career hit with the Angels. He became just the ninth player all-time
with at least 1,000 hits in each league after getting 2,073 with the St. Louis
Cardinals. Four former Angels are on the list: Dave Winfield, Frank Robinson,
Vladimir Guerrero and Orlando Cabrera.Upton’s two-run shot in the sixth inning
off Oakland rookie reliever Lou Trivino proved to be the difference. Trivino
(8-2), who had given up more than one earned run just once in his previous 46
outings, lost a game for the first time since June 5.It might have been the
sixth inning, but Upton came to the plate with a ninth-inning mentality as the
A’s not only had their regular stable of relievers available, they also had
newly-acquired right-hander Fernando Rodney for the first time.“They have a
strong bullpen with guys that can beat you in many ways,” said Upton, who
admitted his plan was to attack the first strike he saw. “You play to your
strengths against those guys. Just compete. Those guys are pitching well this
year.”Upton hit a two-run home run for the third consecutive game.The Angels
trailed 3-0 just four batters into the game. Starter Felix Pena regained his
composure and gave up just two more hits and no runs while pitching into the
sixth inning.“I felt like in the first inning I was a little overamped so I went
back to the video room to watch some video and I was able to make the
adjustments,” said Pena, who had a similar slow start in his last home outing on
July 29 but never made it out of the opening inning.Los Angeles improved to 8-1
over its last nine home games.Matt Chapman and Khris Davis each hit home runs in
the first inning for the A’s, who are now 13-6 since the All-Star break. Chapman
hit his 16th homer while Davis’ two-run shot was his 33rd.Oakland starter Brett
Anderson gave up two runs on four hits with no walks, but was removed after five
innings having thrown just 63 pitches. When asked if A’s starters are growing
accustomed to being pulled earlier than usual in favor of a strong bullpen,
Anderson offered a simple “no.”“It’s going to take some getting used
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Anderson said. “In a tie game in the seventh the last time, you kind of see it.
This one was a little early. But we’ve lived and died by our bullpen and those
arms are tremendous down there so more times than not we’re going to come out
with the victory.”Calhoun connected for a two-run drive in the third, his 16th
of the season and 11th over his last 25 games. Calhoun’s 15 home runs since June
18 lead the American League.Calhoun had just one home run and was batting .145
over 50 games when he went to the 10-day disabled list with a strained right
oblique. In the 44 games since he has returned, he has hit 14 of his 15 home
runs, with 34 runs scored and 35 RBIs.Jim Johnson (4-2) retired the only batter
he faced for the win. The Angels used three more pitchers in the ninth, with
Blake Parker getting the final out for his 11th save.“(The bullpen) came in and
made pitches and it was a great job,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “After
that first inning, this game could go south in a hurry when you give up a
three-spot. But Felix got his bearings and the bullpen was exceptional.”Rodney
made his A’s debut, striking out a batter during a perfect seventh inning.
Rodney was acquired Thursday in a trade from the Minnesota Twins. One plan for
Rodney is to use him to help ease the heavy workload on Trivino.“We won’t have
to potentially use Lou for more than one inning,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said.
“We’ve used him quite a bit where he has to come in and clean up an inning and
go back out for the next inning, which is really tough to do.”RODNEY
ARRIVESMelvin says Rodney doesn’t have a set role. Instead, Melvin expects to
mix and match his late-inning relievers in a stacked Oakland bullpen.“More than
anything, it probably allows us to not overuse a Lou Trivino, to not overuse a
Yusmeiro Petit,” Melvin said. “As much as we use our bullpen on certain days,
we’re not afraid to move guys to the back end of the bullpen if a (Blake)
Treinen or (Jeurys) Familia needs time off, so it just makes us better.”Rodney
had 25 saves for the Twins in 46 appearances with a 3.09 ERA, but the closer job
will still belong to Treinen.VLAD THE HALL OF FAMERThe Angels honored new Hall
of Famer Vladimir Guerrero with an on-field pregame ceremony that pushed back
first pitch about a half hour. Guerrero, who made quick introductory speech at
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both English and Spanish on Friday.“His forte is to not go up there and spew
accolades about himself, and I think it makes him all the more special,”
Scioscia said. “He was so beloved by his teammates because when he was playing,
he was the best player on the planet but . never talking about himself. He was a
special talent.”TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: Mike Trout was put on the 10-day disabled
list with an inflamed right wrist. Scioscia expects his All-Star center fielder
to return on Thursday when his DL stint ends.UP NEXTA’s: RHP Edwin Jackson (3-2,
2.87 ERA) will take the mound Saturday in the middle game of the series,
carrying the sixth lowest ERA in the American League since his contract was
selected June 25.Angels: RHP Tyler Skaggs (8-7, 3.34) is expected to make his
return from the disabled list Saturday, having not pitched since July 31 because
of a left adductor strain. PHOENIX (AP) — Colorado’s bid to gain ground in the
NL West appeared to be in jeopardy when German Marquez gave up a leadoff double
and a two-run homer in the opening inning.The right-hander shook off those two
first-pitch hits, shutting down the Arizona Diamondbacks the rest of the way in
a game the Rockies needed to win.Marquez struck out 11 in seven innings and Ian
Desmond had three RBIs, lifting Colorado to a 6-2 win over the Diamondbacks on
Friday night.“After the home run, I saw a little different mound presence from
Marquez,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He said, ‘Ok, that’s it, nothing else
is going to happen.’ That was pretty cool.”The Rockies bounced back nicely after
a three-game sweep by the Los Angeles Dodgers dropped them 2 1/2 games back in
the NL West and 1 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card.The
Cardinals won again, but the Dodgers lost 5-3 to San Diego, leaving the Rockies
1 1/2 back in the division.Marquez (13-10) put them in position, shaking off
David Peralta’s homer in the first inning with six scoreless frames. He allowed
six hits and tied Pedro Astacio (1999) for second on Colorado’s single-season
strikeout list with 210. Marquez is the third Colorado pitcher — with Astacio
and Ubaldo Jimenez — with 200 strikeouts in a season.The right-hander’s outing
gave the Rockies time to adjust to Zack Greinke.Greinke (14-11) carried a
no-hitter into the fifth inning and struck out six, but the Rockies scored four
runs in the eighth after he left with one out. Desmond hit a two-run single off
Brad Ziegler in Colorado’s team-record 42nd road win.“We are a good
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Marquez said through a translator. “We always believe in our offense and know
that at any given moment, we’re going to break out of this. It was a great
feeling to come out of the game and see them put up those runs.”Arizona had its
chances, but failed in a couple of key situations while going 1 for 8 with
runners in scoring position. The Diamondbacks have lost five of six to drop six
games behind the Cardinals in the wild-card race.“I didn’t feel like they were
awful pitches, just good hitting,” Ziegler said.Greinke allowed four runs in 6
1/3 innings in a loss to Houston his last start. The right-hander was sharp
early on against the Rockies, not allowing a ball out of the infield for the
first two innings or a hit until Desmond’s run-scoring single with one out in
the fifth.D.J. LeMahieu tied it at 2 with a run-scoring double off Greinke in
the sixth.Greinke allowed three runs and four hits in 7 1/3 innings.“You get out
to a 2-0 lead you feel like things are going to go in a real good direction,
especially the way Zack has thrown the ball,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo
said. “He was executing a great game plan and I thought he had some of the best
stuff he had all year. They chipped away on at him and obviously the eighth
inning got away from us.”KEY REVIEWColorado’s four-run eighth came after a video
review went in its favor.With two runners on and one out, LeMahieu hit a ball
back to Ziegler, who fired it to second. Shortstop Nick Ahmed tried to turn a
double play, but made a weak throw to first as Charlie Blackmon slid hard into
second base.Blackmon kicked his leg out and raised his arms, prompting the
Diamondbacks to call for an umpire review for runner interference. After a long
review, the play was upheld and the Rockies went on to score four runs in the
inning.“It’s pretty clear to me by the letter of the law that it is an illegal
slide,” Ziegler said. “It is unfortunate that they didn’t see it that way. When
you watch the replay, it’s obvious that he made contact with his
hands.”TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: SS Trevor Story participated in baseball
activities prior to Friday’s game, but Black said he still could be out two or
three more games with a sore right elbow.UP NEXTDiamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin
is 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA his last nine starts heading into Saturday. Rockies RHP
Antonio Senzatela is coming off his first road win since April 27 after allowing
a run in five-plus innings against San Francisco.
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