BY RICK PORCARO
The A’s bats brought them from behind twice, but their bullpen failed them when they needed it most, allowing five runs in the 11th inning as Oakland fell to the Angels 12-7 Wednesday afternoon at the Coliseum, allowing Los Angeles to take the three game series.
Trailing 5-1, Oakland pieced together a pair of runs in both the seventh and eighth innings, tying the game on Matt Olson’s two run homer. But the Angels came right back in the ninth. A double by Luis Rengifo and Jared Walsh’s single quickly put the Angels back up 7-5.
With Hansel Robles on for Los Angeles, Mark Canha’s lead off home run cut the lead to one. Jurickson Profar followed with a double and was driven in two batters later on Josh Phegley’s sacrifice fly to send the game to extra innings.
The A’s threatened in the tenth, but it was all downhill from there. Lou Trivino, in his second inning on the mound, hit Cesar Puello to lead off the 11th. A walk and a Matt Olson throwing error followed, allowing Puello to score to give the Angels the lead. A passed ball allowed another run to score, and former Athletic’s Jonathan Lucroy’s two run single gave Los Angeles an insurmountable 12-7 lead.
The A’s return to action Friday night following an off day to start a three game series against the Houston Astros. Mine Fiers (4-3, 5.00) is set to face Brad Peacock (5-2, 3.19) in the opener.
Ramon Laureano extended his career-high hit streak to 12 games with a double and a single.
With home runs in four of his last nine games, Matt Chapman now ranks first among American League first baseman with 14 homers.
Stephen Piscotty has reached base safely in 25 straight games, the longest active streak in the Majors.
Josh Phegley is batting .341 (15-for-44) in his last 14 games, including three homers and 12 RBI’s.