Danny Valencia's two-run, first-inning home run boosted Dillon Overton in his Major League debut as the Athletics beat the Angels, 7-3, to claim their third straight in the four-game set.
Overton worked around three solo home runs, including back-to-back first-inning jacks fromKole Calhoun and Mike Trout, to nearly deliver a quality start, exiting with two outs in the sixth inning and earning the win.
Angels right-hander Jhoulys Chacin struggled again, and was unable to record a strikeout for the first time since Sept. 20, 2013. He exited after 4 2/3 innings. Valencia's two-run blast was responsible for half of the four runs scored against Chacin, sending the Angels to their sixth consecutive loss.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED So Crisp: A's outfielder Coco Crisp went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs, a walk and four runs scored in his return to the leadoff spot after a day off Friday.
Oh man, not again: Calhoun and Trout rudely welcomed Overton to the big leagues with back-to-back homers in the first inning. Calhoun battled Overton, eventually turning on the eighth pitch of the at-bat and driving it a Statcast-projected 369 feet over the short wall in right field. Trout followed by taking a hanging 75-mph curveball and knocking it into the left-field bullpen. It was the third time the Angels have gone back-to-back this season, and the second time it's been Calhoun and Trout.
All-Star candidates: A's manager Bob Melvin cited Khris Davis, Stephen Vogt and Valencia as candidates to make the All-Star team. All three contributed in Saturday's win. Valencia had three hits and three RBIs, including a two-run homer. Vogt added a sac fly. Davis had two hits and one RBI. More >
All Alone: Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols stands alone at 11th on the all-time home run list, as his fifth-inning solo shot off Overton moved him past Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. Pujols took a low, 88-mph fastball from Overton and hit it a Statcast-projected 424 feet (with 106-mph exit velocity) to center field to cut the Athletics' lead to 4-3. Pujols needs nine home runs to tie Mark McGwire (583) for 10th all-time. More >
SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS Mike Trout leads the Majors since 2013 with 36 first-inning home runs after launching a solo shot off Overton in the first inning to tie the game, 2-2.
Trout now has the highest Fangraphs WAR (42.7) for a position player in franchise history, passing Jim Fregosi, who had the lead while playing in 1,429 career games. Trout passed him in career game No. 727.
WHAT'S NEXT Athletics:Sonny Gray gets the start as the A's go for a four-game sweep of the Angels at Angel Stadium. Gray is winless in his last five decisions, which is a career-long streak. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. PT.
Angels: Left-hander Hector Santiago starts for the Angels as they look to avoid a sweep at home against the A's. Santiago has allowed one run in each of his last two starts. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. PT.