By Pete Zarustica
The Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland A’s in the last inning Wednesday, so the Athletics returned the favor Thursday in their 8-6 win in Anaheim.
After falling behind 5-1 at one point, the visitors kept pecking away and won it with two runs in the top of the 10th inning. The Angels are now 49-59, still fourth in the American League West. Oakland is 48-60, still in fifth in the AL West.
The Angels outhit the A’s 14-11 and got two home runs from Ji-Man Choi, but the A’s countered with three four-baggers of their own.
Oakland won it with a pair of runs driven in by Yonder Alonso on a double and a single by Marcus Semien. The top hitter for the Halos was Choi, who went 2-for-5 and drove in four runs. Andrelton Simmons had three hits and an RBI.
Neither starting pitcher had a stellar outing. Ricky Nolasco, making his first appearance as an Angel struggled through six innings, giving up six hits (three of them home runs) and five earned runs. Jesse Hahn, up from the minors, was roughed up by the Halos with seven hits and five runs over four innings.
The Angels hit the road Friday to Seattle to meet the Mariners, the ALW’s third-place team. Tim Lincecum (2-5) will make the start for the Orange County team; the M’s will counter with Felix Hernandez (5-4).