On Labor Day, the Los Angeles Angels and Oakland A’s had to work overtime, but it was a holiday only for the Orange County team, prevailing 11-9 in 10 innings.
In a show of offensive firepower, the two squads battle to a 9-9 tie when Matt Olson of the A’s hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth to send the contest into extra at-bats.
But Kole Calhoun finally ended the ordeal with a two-run triple in the 10th to give the Angels the win, improving their record to 71-67 and moving them to within a half-game of the second spot in the American League wild card race.
“We had the game on our terms a number of times like we won it, and those guys kept clawing back into it,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We persevered. We kept going. We had a lot of opportunities, good offensive day, and it kept flip-flopping until we held it at the end.”
The Angels were outhit 16-14, but Martin Maldonado hit two home runs and drove in three. Luis Valbuena had a two-run homer and three RBIs. Calhoun and Albert Pujols each finished with three hits.
Scioscia finished with a record performance of his own. He used 12 pitchers in the game, setting a new American League record.
The series continues Tuesday in Oakland with Garrett Richards (0-0) making a return after five months.