A's stay alive in the playoff race with a win over the Angels


Los Angeles Angels #22 David Fletcher. Photo by Marja Bene/T.G.Sportstv1.

9/18/21 ANAHEIM, CA - The Oakland Athletics continue to gain ground in the AL wild-card race with a 5-4 win over the Angels on Friday at the Big A. Oakland won their third straight game and are 2 ½ games out of the last playoff spot.


"You have to win," Matt Chapman said. "We can't really dissect it too much. It's too late in the season for that. The pressure is on now. We've got to win every game from here on out, or at least that's the attitude."


Oakland had the bases loaded in the top of the second inning when Josh Harrison singled to shallow left field. Yan Gomes scored from third base. Matt Olson hit a sacrifice fly to center field, and Khris Davis scored to give the A's a 2-0 lead.


The Angels answered in the top of the second inning when Kurt Suzuki hit a solo home run to left field to cut the lead 2-1. Luis Rengifo reached base on a throwing error. After going to third base on a single from Jack Mayfield, Rengifo scored on a sacrifice by Juan Lagares to tie it 2-2.


Rengifo and Lagares would come around to score on a single to center field by David Fletcher. The Angels took a 4-2 lead in the top of the second inning. Oakland cut the lead to 4-3 after Harrison hit a sacrifice fly to right field in the top of the third inning.


Oakland tied the game 4-4 on pinch-hitter Seth Brown's RBI groundout in the sixth inning. They scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball by Jose Marte. Mark Canha went home after Suzuki couldn't catch Marte's pitch, and the A's took a 5-4 lead.


Oakland starting pitcher Cole Irvin (10-3) threw six innings and gave seven hits with three strikeouts. The Yorba Linda native allowed one earned run.


"As many wins as we can get right now, we'll take," Irvin said. "It can be ugly. It can be perfect. A win is a win, and we're trying to do everything we can."


Jose Suarez (7-7) will get the start for the Angels on Saturday. The A's will send James Kapriellian (7-5) to the mound in Game 2 of the series. #mlb #oaklandatheletics #laangels #losangelesangels #davidfletcher #tgsporstv1