OAKLAND, Calif .– – Jared Walsh’s 12th Homer kicked off a four-run second inning, four combined relievers for six scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Sunday.
David Fletcher doubled twice and had two RBIs. Taylor Ward added two hits to help the Angels win their second in a row for a division of the four-game series with their division-leading rivals.
“A kind of nicely intense game, intense series. I loved it, ”Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “We have to know that we can win here. It is important.”
Matt Olson and Sean Murphy led in races for the A. Oakland ended their two-game streak without a hit but failed to capitalize on the early leadership problems of Angels starter José Quintana.
José Suarez (2-0) threw three innings of scoreless relief to win after Quintana left with a sore shoulder. Steve Cishek put out three batters and Mike Mayers put out two. Raisel Iglesias recorded the last four strikeouts for his ninth save.
Maddon praised Suarez for ending the lineup of an A that took place in the day tied for second in the AL with 70 homers.
“To me he’s the star of the game,” Maddon said. “I know we had the lead at the time with a lot of play on the left, and he sorted it out and allowed us to use the paddock as we wanted. Give it a lot of credit.
Walsh dominated Cole Irvin (3-7). Kurt Suzuki and Ward followed with back-to-back singles and after Kean Wong’s sacrifice both scored on Fletcher’s double on the left field line. Phil Gosselin made a single to bring the score to 4-0.
Irvin allowed four runs and six hits in six innings with three strikeouts. The left-hander has been winless since May 4.
The A’s scored twice in the third when Quintana walked three in a row after Fletcher’s throwing error from the shortstop on ground leader Mark Canha. Murphy had a sacrificial fly.
“Just shut up offensively,” A. manager Bob Melvin said. “Going into the eighth, we only had two hits. Offensively, this is not enough. The last two games we had opportunities. I just didn’t go through as much as we would like.
Quintana, whose last win came on September 5, 2019, while with the Cubs, had five strikeouts and four marches in three innings before coming out with a pain in his shoulder. He allowed two hits and a pair of unearned runs.
“It really hurts,” Quintana said. “No excuses. It’s really frustrating for me to take the lead like this, on a beautiful Sunday, and start to feel that way. Let’s see what the doctor (says) when they check me in tomorrow. inflammation.
LAGARES BREAKS PACKED GLASS
Angels cleaning batter Juan Lagares hit a foul ball in the fifth inning that smashed a window at the Shibe Park Tavern in the Colosseum’s Second Bridge. Pieces of glass fell on several rows of seats and the fans were moved. The glass continued to fall before the workers destroyed the remaining pieces. A spokesman said no fans were injured.
When Oakland’s Stephen Piscotty hit a foul ball near the same section, fans started chanting, “Break that glass, break that glass.”
The Colosseum is the third oldest baseball stadium in the American League. The A’s recently received permission from MLB to consider alternative cities for possible relocation.
Angels: OF Justin Upton received the day off.
Athletics: LHP Jesús Luzardo has been activated from the injured list and will initially work out of the readings enclosure. He pitched an inning without success. Luzardo went to IL with a fractured left little finger on May 2, an injury sustained while playing a video game. “He’s up for anything and we’ll see how it goes,” Melvin said. … DE Ramón Laureano missed a third game in a row with a strain in his right groin, but the As are hoping to avoid placing the center-back on IL. … RHP JB Wendelken (left oblique tense) progressed to play the 120-foot catch. … RHP Jordan Weems has been chosen for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Angels: RHP Dylan Bundy (0-5, 6.50 ERA) faces San Francisco on Monday and tries to end his nine-game losing streak. Bundy last pitched at Oracle Park in 2016 with the Baltimore Orioles.
Athletics: RHP James Kaprielian (2-0, 1.53) kicks off the opening game of a three-game series in Seattle on Monday. Kaprielian has allowed two runs or less in each of his three previous starts.