Final in Anaheim:
Angels 2, Oakland 1 Oakland 3, Angels 2
This is what happens when you start writing the post-game write-up during the top of the 9th inning and the club's closer cannot hold the lead:
Albert Pujols and Hector Santiago beat the Oakland Athletics Monday night by the score of 2-1. Pujols drove in both of the Angels' run with a first inning single and a third inning home run off of A's starter Jesse Chavez.
Santiago won for the first time as an Angel by limiting Oakland to one run by scattering 5 hits over 7 innings. The right hander walked one while striking out five, his only mistake being a fourth inning home run to Yoenis Cespedes.
Pujols' home run was the 21st homer hit by the Angels this month. The Halos hit 24 home runs for the entire month April in 2013. The 21 home runs hit by the Halo batters leads the major, but the 20 long balls Angels' pitchers have allowed also are the most in baseball. Additionally, Kole Calhoun's first inning run was the 16th time the club has scored in the first inning, leading the major leagues.
The win moves the Angels to 7-6 on the season, the first time in almost
Ernesto Frieri entered the game with the Angels up by the score of 2-1, but the Angels' closer gave up 4 hits, the biggest blow being a John Jaso 2-run homer that put the A's ahead 3-2. As noted above, the home run allowed was the major league leading 21st given up by Halo pitchers so far this season, and the third Frieri has coughed up. Newcomer Jose Alvarez, acquired from the Detroit Tigers at the end of Spring Training for Andrew Romine, made his Angels debut in the ninth by striking out Josh Reddick and getting Daric Barton to flyout to center. However, by then it was too late to salvage an Angels' victory.
A's starter Jesse Chavez went seven innings, limiting the Angels to just 4 hits, while walking none and striking out nine. Luke Gregerson finished the Angels off in the ninth, but not before the Angels suffered through a questionable call on a Howie Kendrick groundball. Nick Punto misplayed the grounder, but recovered enough to get Kendrick at first. Angels manager Mike Scioscia challenged the call out call, and replays showed Kendrick possibly beat the play, but the call was upheld.
The lose drops the Angels to 6-7, three games behind the division leading A's.