Rasmus Shines, Angels Win Third Straight Over A’s

By Jose Serrano

August 30, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Huston Street (16) and catcher Hank Conger (24) celebrate the 2-0 victory against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Anyone taking Garrett Richards’ slot in the Angels starting rotation has big shoes to fill. Cory Rasmus was up to the task Saturday night, tossing three shutout innings in a 2-0 victory over the A’s.

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.

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  • The Angels ruined Jeff Samardzija’s otherwise stellar start with a two-run fourth. Albert Pujols led off with a single Howie Kendrick reached on shortstop Eric Sogard’s fielding error.

    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.

    Oakland didn’t reach base until Huston Street gave up a single in the ninth to Sam Fuld. Fuld stole third but couldn’t advance as Street notched his 35th save.

    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.