ANAHEIM — Khris Davis can erase a lot of mistakes with one swing of his bat.
On a night the A’s committed three errors, Davis’ three-run homer in the eighth snapped a tie score and lifted Oakland to a 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels. It was Davis’ second homer in as many nights at Angel Stadium, and it highlighted a 14-hit attack for the A’s.
One night after winning a rematch with Tim Lincecum, the A’s turned the tables on another nemesis. This time it was Jered Weaver, who had just thrown a two-hitter at them Sunday at the Coliseum. The A’s chased him by the fifth, collecting four runs on eight hits against him.
Oakland entered this series having been held to two runs or fewer in nine of their previous 17 games. But they’ve rolled up 12 runs in the first two of this four-game series.
Davis blasted an 0-2 pitch from Fernando Salas over the wall in left-center in the eighth, his 18th homer of the season. Since Aug. 6 of last season, Davis’ 38 homers are tied with Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion for the most in the majors. Stephen Vogt went deep in the first for the A’s, who entered the night with the fewest homers in the American League in the month of June (16). Billy Burns chipped in with two RBI from the leadoff spot.
On so many nights this season, the A’s defensive miscues would have equated to defeat. Included in that was a head-slapping blunder from starter Eric Surkamp, who botched an easy throw to first that cost a run in the second. But they also had a couple really nice plays in the field, and one came courtesy of Davis, who fully extended for a diving catch to rob Jett Bandy in the sixth.
Starting pitching report
Surkamp gave up a two-run homer to Albert Pujols in the first, but that’s not the play that likely ate at him most. With two outs and a runner on third in the second, Surkamp got Mike Trout to tap a comeback to the mound. He unwisely tried to cover the roughly 25 feet to first with an underhand flip that bounced. Yonder Alonso couldn’t scoop it, and the Angels got a run that never should have happened.
By the time Trout came to bat again in the fourth, with another man in scoring position, Bob Melvin wasn’t taking any chances and pulled the lefty. After an encouraging six-inning start last time out against the Angels, Surkamp lasted just 3 2/3 innings in this one, allowing four runs (two earned). Assuming Sean Manaea came out of Friday’s Single-A rehab start healthy, there’s a good chance Surkamp heads back to the minors. Manaea is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, which would be Surkamp’s next turn in the rotation.
Fernando Rodriguez entered in relief of Surkamp and gave up an RBI single to Trout, but the Angels got no more off of him in his 2 1/3 innings of work. Ryan Dull worked a scoreless seventh and overcame Stephen Vogt’s throwing error to strand a runner at third. Opponents are now 1-for-43 off Dull with runners in scoring position. John Axford and Ryan Madson handled the final two innings, with Madson nailing down his 14th save.
At the plate
The A’s trailed 4-2 in the fifth when they rallied to tie it. After Yonder Alonso walked, Marcus Semien sliced a ground-rule double to right to put runners on second and third. Max Muncy’s grounder to second scored a run to shave the deficit to one, and Burns tied it with a sacrifice fly.
In the field
Marcus Semien’s fielding error led to an Angels run in the fourth, but despite their miscues, the A’s did some good things defensively too. Muncy came up with his first career outfield assist, throwing out Johnny Giavotella at third on Trout’s RBI single. Semien leapt high to snag Trout’s liner in the seventh.
The announced turnout was 41,356 on a night the Angels labeled “Christmas in June”
Dillon Overton will become the third Athletic this season to start in his major league debut when he takes the ball in Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. game. The others were Sean Manaea and Daniel Mengden. He’ll be opposed by Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 5.56).