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Angels burned by home runs early, Ramón Laureano late

Oakland salvages finale, preventing a Halos sweep

Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Home runs were flying for the third straight game at Angel Stadium, but it was the Athletics who held the advantage on Wednesday afternoon, preventing a sweep with a 8-4 win over the Angels.

On one hand, Griffin Canning didn’t walk anybody on Wednesday, after issuing a career-high six free passes last Friday in Texas. But he allowed an awful lot of hard contact in a second straight short start.

Canning only allowed one home run in his first three starts, but he flipped that against the A’s. a Matt Olson, Robbie Grossman, and Stephen Piscotty took him deep, which helped limit Canning to just four innings, allowing four runs. He induced a season-worst three swinging strikes.

The Angels had two home runs of their own, by the usual suspects. Anthony Rendon homered for a third straight day, matching the longest homer streak of his career, also done May 23-25, 2017 with the Nationals.

Mike Trout hit his seventh home run in nine games since returning from paternity leave.

Both of those were solo shots, but the Angels also rallied for a pair of runs in the third inning by keeping the ball in the park, too.

Suspended hope

There was some talk before the game that Ramón Laureano might not play because the A’s were awaiting word on the appeal of his six-game suspension. That resolution never came, which meant Laureano in center field. That didn’t bode well for the Angels.

Brian Goodwin had designs on a third Angels home run with this would-be tying blast in the seventh, but Laureano had other ideas.

“Obviously we wish he started serving his suspension today,” manager Joe Maddon said after the game. “He was probably the biggest difference in today’s game.”

That’s not to say that play won the game for the A’s, since they did tack on three runs in excruciating fashion in the eighth by their three most-trusted relievers.

Felix Peña, who retired his first four batters, walked Grossman with one out. Keynan Middleton came in and walked Piscotty and Sean Murphy, but recorded the second out. Ty Buttrey followed by walking in a run, then allowing a single to Laureano for two more runs. That was all she wrote for this one.

The Angels will have to settle for a series win instead of a sweep.

Wednesday particulars

Home runs: Mike Trout (8), Anthony Rendon (4); Matt Olson (6), Robbie Grossman (3), Stephen Piscotty (2)

WP — Chris Bassitt (2-0): 5⅔ IP, 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 strikeouts

LP — Griffin Canning (0-3): 4 IP, 6 hits, 4 runs, 2 strikeouts

Up next

The Angels are off Thursday, then host the Dodgers in a weekend Freeway Series. Patrick Sandoval starts the series opener Friday for the Halos (6:40 p.m. PT; Fox Sports West, SportsNet LA, FS1), facing Clayton Kershaw.