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Yoenis Cespedes hit a double and a triple and knocked in four runs. (USA TODAY IMAGES)
OAKLAND -- After a 19-inning marathon game Monday, the Oakland Athletics played a normal nine on Tuesday. The A's continued their dominance over their Southern California rivals with a 10-6 win.
They A's have now won five games in a row against the Angels and 13 in a row against the American League West.
At the Plate
Derek Norris was 1-for-19 in his last seven games entering Tuesday. He hit a sharp single up the middle to lead off the third inning and stole second base. Rosales struck out swinging to end the inning with Norris on third base. The A's catcher ended up 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Yoenis Cespedes obliterated a ball that smashed off the highest part of the wall in right-center field for a game-tying double. Seth Smith scored from first base. The Angels' relay throw home almost beat Smith, but the ball got away and Cespedes reached third on a headfirst dive. He later scored on a wild pitch to give the A's a 2-1 lead.
The Cuban-born slugger nearly missed another home run in the fifth inning while hitting a two-run triple off the high part of the wall in left-center field to give the A's a 5-3 lead. It appears Cespedes learned his lesson after admiring a shot off the wall in the ninth inning on Monday night when he only made it to first base.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia made some curious decisions in the sixth inning. He used three different pitchers as the A's plated four runs. The strangest decision occurred when he called for Adam Rosales to be intentionally walked with two outs and two runners on base. With the bases loaded, Scioscia summoned Barry Enright, who gave up a bases clearing double to Smith to make it 9-3 A's.
In the eighth inning, Scioscia intentionally walked Smith to load the bases and bring Cespedes to the plate. The A's added a run when Cespedes his a sacrifice fly to right field to increase the lead to 10-6.
Starting Pitching Report
Jarrod Parker entered Tuesday 0-4 with an 8.10 ERA. After a 19-inning marathon that taxed the A's bullpen, Parker needed to have a good start. He did his part by allowing three earned runs in six innings of work.
Parker was let down by his defense in the third inning. Josh Donaldson made an overly aggressive play that resulted in a bad throw allowing J.B. Shuck to reach second base. Shuck scored when Rosales misplayed a ball hit by Mike Trout.
The A's took a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning, but Parker couldn't get the shutdown inning. He allowed two runs on three hits. Mike Trout hit a two-run bouncing double down the left-field line just out of Donaldson's range.
Parker threw a key shutdown sixth inning after the A's rallied to take a 5-3 lead. He got in a jam when Hank Conger reached on a one-out double, but the Angels catcher ended up getting caught in a rundown between third base and home.
Evan Scribner relieved Parker in the seventh inning with a runner on first. The first batter he faced was Trout, who drove in a run with a triple. Trout scored on a groundout. Mark Trumbo followed with a solo home run to left field to bring the Angels within three runs.
After Howie Kendrick hit a single, Sean Doolittle entered and struck out Conger to end the inning. He remaining in the game for the eighth inning and retired the side in order.
Doolittle has appeared in three consecutive games.
Grant Balfour threw two innings on Monday night. He pitched the ninth on Tuesday.
In the Field
The left side of the A's infield made two errors in the in the third inning. The defensive miscues resulted in a run.
The A's announced an attendance of 14,764.
Green won the dot race.
The A's and Angels close out the series in a day game. Tommy Milone (3-2, 3.38 ERA) takes the mound for the A's. Oakland's favorite opposing pitcher, C.J. Wilson (2-0, 4.30 ERA) will face the A's.