Khris Davis hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in the eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-4 on Friday night. Davis connected off of Fernando Salas (3-4) for his second home run of the series and his 18th of the season. Ryan Dull (2-2) pitched one inning for the win. Ryan Madson earned his 14th save in 17 chances by getting Albert Pujols on a ground out with two runners on. Pujols hit 573rd career homer for the Angels, who lost their fifth straight to fall a season-worst 12 games below .500 (31-43). Pujols tied Harmon Killebrew for 11th on the career list with his 13th of the season — first since June 5.
No one would have blamed Albert Pujols for taking himself out of the Angels lineup Friday. The same left hamstring that forced him to miss to two games earlier in the week was still bothering him. The Angels started the day 16 games out of first place in the American League West and their rotation remained ravaged by injuries. Pujols wouldn’t hear any of it. “If I can play, I play,” said Pujols, who batted cleanup as the team’s designated hitter. So, yes, at the age of 36 and his batting average a pedestrian .230, the best offensive player of his generation was as defiant as ever. “If not,” Pujols said, “I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair.” He emphasized the point a few hours later, when he