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Moss' second homer ends A's 19-inning win

The SportsXchange

OAKLAND, Calif. -- It took 19 innings and a record-setting six hours and 32 minutes, but the Oakland A's beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-8 in a baseball marathon that started Monday night and ended early Tuesday morning.

A's first baseman Brandon Moss hit a walk-off, two-run homer off Angels right-hander Barry Enright (0-1). It was Moss' third career walk-off home run and his second homer of the night.

"I don't even know how I hit it," Moss said. "I was so late on everything from the 10th inning on. Both teams battled so hard. It was a crazy game, and I'm glad it's over."

After walk-off wins, A's right fielder Josh Reddick typically delivers a pie to the hero's face. This time Moss did the honors himself.

"I think he was too tired to pie me," Moss said of Reddick, "so I pied myself."

Jerry Blevins, Oakland's eighth pitcher of the game, earned the win.

The game was the longest in both Oakland A's and Angels history. Oakland's previous record was 6:00 on Aug. 9, 2002, in a 16-inning road game against the New York Yankees. The Angels' previous record was 6:06 on April 13, 1982, in a 20-inning game at Seattle.

"Good game to win, bad game to lose," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We exhausted everything we had. Blevins probably had one more inning, then you might have seen (outfielder) Seth Smith on the mound."

Based on innings, Monday's game ranked in a tie for third most in Oakland history. The record is 21, set on June 4, 1971, at Washington. It was the third-most innings in Angels history. The record of 20 was set twice, including July 9, 1971, at Oakland.

"You're always going to have your share of frustrations over the course of the season," said Angels manager Mike Scioscia, whose team blew ninth-inning and 15th-inning leads. "This one was extremely frustrating. Everybody gave everything they had. It's frustrating when you can't get those last outs."

The A's used every position player. The Angels used eight pitchers and every position player except catcher Hank Conger.

The Angels took an 8-7 lead in the top 15th, scoring a run against A's left-hander Brett Anderson, who had his scheduled start skipped Monday to rest a sore right ankle. Anderson wound up entering a game in relief for the first time in his career in the 13th, and he threw 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball.

"The first couple innings I was pitching on adrenaline, the last couple on pure will," said Anderson, who left after re-injuring the ankle. "(The ankle is) pretty stiff and sore. I don't think I did anything to (make it) worse."

Mark Trumbo lined a leadoff single in the 15th off Anderson. After Howie Kendrick hit a fielder's choice ground ball, Brandon Harris doubled him to third. Anderson intentionally walked Chris Iannetta, loading the bases, then got a forceout at the plate. However, Anderson walked J.B. Shuck, forcing home Harris.

The A's answered with a run in the bottom of the 15th off Jerome Williams, who entered the game in the 10th. Josh Donaldson hit a ground ball to Kendrick at second but was safe when Albert Pujols dropped Kendrick's throw for an error. After Derek Norris walked, Chris Young hit into a double play -- Harris stepped on third and threw to first with Norris going to second.

Adam Rosales then ripped a single to center, scoring Norris to make it 8-8.

Williams allowed one unearned run over six innings before giving way to Michael Kohn in the 16th.

The game turned into a battle of attrition. The Angels lost center fielder Peter Bourjos to a strained left hamstring, and he'll be placed on the disabled list, Scioscia said. Los Angeles third baseman Luis Jimenez left the game early, too, with a bruised left shin. A's center fielder Coco Crisp left the game with a left hamstring strain, and Young exited with a strained left quad.

With one out in the top of the 18th, Anderson gave up a single to Shuck and came up limping after tweaking his right ankle. Anderson left the game, and Blevins (2-0) took over.

"We'll see how I feel tomorrow," Anderson said. "But I threw pretty good, probably my best outing of the year -- in relief."

Pujols hit two solo home runs, and Trumbo hit one, powering the Angels to a 7-2 lead.

The A's rallied for four runs in the eighth, closing within 7-6 before Ernesto Frieri -- the fourth Angels pitcher of the inning -- retired Rosales on a fly ball to left with two runners on to end the inning. The A's had five hits in the inning, including Donaldson's two-run single.

Crisp worked a leadoff walk in the ninth. Smith flied out to deep right, but Crisp tagged and went to second, beating Josh Hamilton's strong throw. Frieri struck out Jed Lowrie. Yoenis Cespedes lined a single to left-center, and Crisp, who had stolen third, scored the tying run.

"Baseball's so crazy," Frieri said. "It's tough to not think about it, but we have to let it go. The bullpen didn't do our job, and it cost us the game."

Angels starter Tommy Hanson, pitching one day after being reinstated from the bereavement list, allowed just two runs on five hits over six innings. He missed his previous scheduled start because of the death of his 24-year-old stepbrother in Georgia.

A's right-hander Dan Straily, who was called up Monday from Triple-A Sacramento, lasted just 4 2/3 innings. He allowed six earned runs, seven hits and home runs to Pujols and Trumbo. Pujols hit his second solo shot off A's reliever Pat Neshek.

NOTES: Donaldson was named the American League Player of the Week. He batted .545 (12-for-22) with seven doubles, 10 RBIs and seven walks and scored four runs. ... Angels SS Erick Aybar (left heel contusion) began a rehab stint with Triple-A Salt Lake City on Monday night. Hitting leadoff, Aybar went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer. ... A's RHP Jesse Chavez was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Monday when the A's recalled Straily. ... Oakland SS Jed Lowrie returned to the lineup Monday after missing Sunday's game against the Baltimore Orioles with a stiff muscle on the right side of his neck. ... OF Casper Wells was traded by the Oakland to the Chicago White Sox for cash considerations, the A's announced. Wells was designated for assignment by the A's on Sunday. ... Angels 3B Alberto Callaspo (right calf strain) and RHP Mark Lowe (left neck strain) will begin rehab stints Tuesday with Class A Inland Empire.
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