OAKLAND, Calif. -- Apparently no lead is safe for the freefalling Los Angeles Angels
against the surging Oakland A's.
For the third straight game, the A's came from behind to beat the Angels, as Oakland rallied twice Sunday for a 10-6 victory at the O.co Coliseum.
The Angels took an early 5-0 lead, gave it all back, then went back ahead 6-5 with a run in the sixth. The A's countered with five runs in the bottom of the frame, taking a 10-6 lead.
The A's extended their lead in the American League West to a season-high six games over the Texas Rangers, while the Angels fell 13 games behind Oakland and into sole possession for fourth place, one back of the Seattle Mariners.
Oakland pounded out 10 hits, including a single and two doubles by Yoenis Cespedes
, who drove in four runs and broke out of a slump. Eric Sogard
went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored twice. Jed Lowrie
went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs.
A's designated hitter Seth Smith led off the sixth against reliever J.C. Gutierrez (0-2) with a walk. Stephen Vogt hit a shallow fly ball that landed between center fielder Mike Trout
and left fielder Josh Hamilton
. Trout appeared to have a good shot at catching the fly, but he looked at Hamilton at the last second, and the ball landed for an RBI double as the two outfielders got their legs tangled and hit the turf.
Sogard lined an RBI single to center, pitting the A's ahead for good, and took second on the throw home. After tagging up and advancing to third on Coco Crisp's fly out to deep right, Sogard scored on Lowrie's double, making it 8-6. Brandon Moss drove in the Athletics' ninth run with a single off reliever Kevin Jepsen, and Cespedes followed with a run-scoring double to right-center.
Angels right-hander Tommy Hanson, making his second start since coming off the disabled list with a strained right forearm, lasted just 4 2/3 innings against the A's. He gave up five runs on four hits and walked five while striking out seven.
A's right-hander Jarrod Parker had a rough outing, too. Parker allowed six runs on five hits and walked a career-high seven batters, working five-plus innings. He received his sixth straight no-decision, tying an Oakland record, but kept his four-game winning streak intact.
Jesse Chavez (2-2) replaced Parker and threw two scoreless innings for the win.
Erick Aybar had two hits for the Angels, who received two RBIs from both Howie Kendrick and Alberto Callaspo.
Hours before the game began, the Angels placed Albert Pujols on the 15-day disabled list with a partial tear of his left plantar fascia, and injury that could end his season.
"It's going to be a significant amount of time," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. Scioscia said he didn't know whether he'd have the slugger back on the active roster this year.
NOTES: Angels OF Kole Calhoun was promoted Sunday from Triple-A Salt Lake, taking Pujols' roster spot. ... A's C John Jaso (concussion), who went on the seven-day disabled list Thursday, has yet to resume baseball activities. According to Jaso, this marks the third concussion of his career.
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