5/21/21 ANAHEIM, CA - The Oakland Athletics put their power on display and showed off some defense against the Los Angeles Angels in the series opener on Friday. Oakland hit four home runs on their way to an 8-4 victory over the Angels.
Ramos Laureano went 4-for-4, including a home run and a sensational catch to rob Anthony Rendon of a home run. Laureano jumped high above the center-field wall to make the catch and get the final out of the inning.
"We pride ourselves on our defense. We're really good," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "You can be solid and make the routine plays, but we also have the ability, to make the great plays."
Mark Canha hit a four-seam fastball over the center-field fence for a solo home run and a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. The Angels came right back to tie the game 1-1 when Jose Iglesias hit a home run in the bottom of the third inning.
Oakland loaded the bases with one out when Sean Murphy hit a two-run double to give Oakland a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth inning. After strikeouts by Shohei Ohtani and Rendon, Jared Walsh hit a solo home run to cut the lead 3-2.
Taylor Ward reached base on an infield single, and Jose Rojas doubled to left field, giving the Angels runners on second and third base with two outs. Juan Lagares hit a triple to right field, and the Angels took a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Rojas had quite a game, going 2-for-4 and throwing out Canha at home plate while was trying to score from second base on a single by Laureano. Rojas is a natural infielder and was playing in right-field for the sixth time in his career.
"I'm just covering my ground to the best of my ability," Rojas said. "And it was able to work out. I'm comfortable out there."
The Angels lead did not last long as Matt Olson walked and Chad Pinder hit a three-run home run that gave Oakland a 6-4 lead. Oakland hit two more home runs in the ninth inning off Raisel Iglesias to extend the lead 8-4.
"Obviously, it's tough," Rojas said. "It wasn't the outcome we wanted. But little by little we have to keep fighting and things will take care of themselves."
James Kaprielian (1-0) got his second start of the season and went five innings, allowing four hits while striking out nine batters. Jose Quintana (0-3) gave up three runs on six hits with four strikeouts for the Angels. For more photos from this game, click on the link below. #mlb #laangels #josequintanat #markcanha #athletics #losangelesangels #majorleaguebaseball #tgsportstv1