Rasmus fell two pitches short of a career-high in limiting second-place Oakland to one hit while striking out six. Five of the right-hander’s strikeouts came in order following Josh Donaldson’s first-inning single. It was Rasmus’ first start at any level since 2011 in Single-A.
Eric Aybar’s bouncer through the right-field scored Pujols and moved the runners into scoring position. Samardzija’s (6-11) ensuing wild pitch struck brought Kendrick home and gave Angels more than enough run support.
Seven relievers combined to shut the A’s out for a second consecutive night. Yoslan Herrera (1-1) picked up the win despite only pitched two-thirds of an inning. The Angels used eight pitchers in a nine-inning game for the first time in franchise history.
Los Angeles used eight pitchers in a nine-inning game for the first time in franchise history.
Oakland hasn’t scored over the last 20 innings, going 0-for-4 with runner in scoring position Saturday night. The Angels, meanwhile, win their fifth game of a seven-game homestand and move to four games over the A’s for the division lead.