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A’s lose to Angels in 99th loss of season


ANAHEIM – Mike Trout hit his 38th home run, Michael Lorenzen hit five solid innings and the Los Angeles Angels continued their win over the Oakland Athletics with a 4-1 victory Wednesday night.

Taylor Ward also homered, while Lorenzen (8-6) gave up an unearned run to lower his ERA to 0.45 against the A’s this season. The Angels extended their winning streak against Oakland to five games. Los Angeles won for the fourth time in its last five games overall.

Rookie Conner Capel led in the race for the A’s, who have lost for the fifth time in their last six games and are one loss away after reaching 100 losses for the first time since 1979.

Tony Kemp started the game with a field single and went second on a throwing error by Angels third baseman Matt Duffy. Seth Brown walked and stole second base with two outs before Capel hit to left field.

It ended Lorenzen’s 12-inning scoreless streak against Oakland.

The Angels had just one hit against A starter Adrian Martinez in three innings before breaking through in the fourth. Trout started with a home run to the center, his 10th of the month.

Shohei Ohtani called Trout’s home run with a single, while Ward reached base on fielder pick. After a wild pitch from Martinez put both runners in scoring position, Matt Thaiss hit an RBI single for a 2-1 lead. Duffy made it 3-1 on a ground ball that tagged Ward.

In the eighth inning, Ward added his 22nd homer of the season on a burst to center field.

Lorenzen allowed three hits in five innings with three walks and eight strikeouts. Jimmy Herget pitched the ninth inning for his eighth save as the Angels won for the 11th time in 15 games between the teams.

Martinez (4-6) allowed three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings with no walks and four strikeouts.

Angels catcher Logan O’Hoppe scored a single to center field in the third inning of his first major league batting after being called up from Double-A Rocket City. The club’s top prospect, according to multiple outlets, was acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies at the trade deadline for outfielder Brandon Marsh.

MOVING THE LIST

The Angels have reinstated Anthony Rendon from the injured list and the third baseman will immediately begin serving a five-game suspension, aiming to play the final three games of the regular season next week in Oakland.

Rendon was already on the disabled list with a wrist injury when he struck with his bare hands against Jesse Winker of the Seattle Mariners in an on-field brawl on June 26. This incident resulted in his suspension.

Rendon, who last played June 14, is batting .228 this season with five home runs and 24 RBIs.

Outfielder Magneuris Sierra and infielder Mike Ford have been designated for assignment.

TRAINERS ROOM

A’s: LHP Sam Moll, who last appeared in a game Sept. 15, has been officially ruled out for the remainder of the season with a strained left shoulder.

Angels: OF Mickey Moniak went off in the sixth inning after swinging on a pitch that hit him in the hands. … Rendon and INF David Fletcher have faced live pitches, with Fletcher set to return from a hand injury that has limited him to one at bat since Sept. 15.

NEXT

A: LHP Cole Irvin (9-12, 4.11 ERA) has won three of his last five starts despite an 8.48 ERA over the streak.

Angels: RHP Shohei Ohtani (14-8, 2.47) needs nine innings pitched to become the first player to qualify for league-leading stats as a hitter and pitcher.


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