Luis Barrera hit a walk-off, three-run shot for his first career home run, and the Oakland Athletics ended a seven-game home losing streak with a 4-3 win over the Angels in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
The A’s trailed 3-1 with two outs in the ninth inning before rallying against closer Raisel Iglesias (1-1).
Ramon Laureano doubled and Christian Bethancourt walked before Barrera launched the drive into the right-field seats in his 17th career at-bat. Barrera had made an error in left field that allowed the Angels to score their third run.
Lou Trivino (1-2) retired Mike Trout with two on and two out to end the top of the ninth and earn the win.
Trout came off the bench and was part of a two-run rally that gave the Angels a 3-1 lead in the eighth.
Trout came on to pinch-hit after Sam Moll walked Jared Walsh with one out. Zach Jackson intentionally walked Trout following a passed ball before pinch-hitter Anthony Rendon broke the tie with an RBI single to left field.
Andrew Velazquez followed with a single to left, and Trout came around to score after Barrera misplayed the ball for an error.
The Angels took the lead in the first inning on an RBI forceout by Shohei Ohtani but couldn’t get anything else off Paul Blackburn in 6 2/3 innings. Blackburn has given up one run or fewer in five of seven starts this season.
The A’s tied it in the seventh inning on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie.
The Angels got a couple of sharp defensive plays with Velazquez making a leaping grab at shortstop to rob Kemp to lead off the game and center fielder Aaron Whitefield making a diving catch to rob Sean Murphy to end the sixth.
Let’s play two
The A’s are playing their second doubleheader of the week, having split a traditional doubleheader in Detroit in Wednesday. This is the first time since 1986 that the A’s will have played a pair of nine-inning doubleheaders in the same week.
Oakland had back-to-back doubleheaders at home against the Orioles on Aug. 28-29 that season following rainouts earlier that month in Baltimore.
“I got here at 8 this morning, and I will be leaving here about 10:30 tonight. But it’s baseball, right?” A’s manager Mark Kotsay said. “It’s part of our game.”
Angels: Infielder Matt Duffy rejoined the team after playing the last two nights on a rehabilitation assignment in triple A. Manager Joe Maddon hasn’t decided when Duffy will be activated after a stint on the IL with COVID.
Athletics: Outfielder Stephen Piscotty (calf) has still not been cleared for baseball activity and isn’t expected to be ready Tuesday when he’s first eligible to come off the IL.
In the second game, right-hander Adam Oller (0-2, 11.17) came up from triple-A Las Vegas as the 27th man for the expanded doubleheader roster to face Angels right-hander Michael Lorenzen (3-2, 4.13).