OAKLAND -- Trailing 5-0 after two innings, and 6-5 entering the bottom of the sixth, the A's roared back with a 10-6 comeback victory that took three hours, 31 minutes and a message for not only the Los Angeles Angels, but the rest of baseball.
The A's offense, when clicking, is legit.
In taking three of four from the Angels, Oakland (62-43) moved to a season-best 19 games over .500 and improved its lead over second-place Texas to six games while dropping the Angels, who may have lost Albert Pujols for the season with a left foot injury that placed him on the disabled list earlier in the day, 13 games off the pace.
Starting pitching report
Control issues? Yeah, Jarrod Parker had 'em. Sandwiching a modicum of stability with uncharacteristic wildness, Parker trailed 4-0 after the first inning, was down 5-0 with two out in the second and walked a career-high seven batters. Yet, he did not allow a hit after Erick Aybar's leadoff triple in the second…and he was still on the hook for the loss until the A's came back. In five-plus innings, Parker was charged with six runs on five hits while striking out three.
Jesse Chavez allowed one inherited runner to score when Erick Aybar doubled in the sixth and the Angels took a brief 6-5 lead. But the right-hander settled down, going two innings and allowing one hit with two walks and a strikeout to get the win and improve to 2-2. Sean Doolittle threw a perfect eighth inning and Dan Otero closed it out.
At the plate
Eric Sogard wants you trade deadline fans to take Chase Utley's name out your mouths…or somesuch. Sogard has been the A's most consistent bat since the All-Star break and Sunday, he went three for four with a double and an RBI to extend his career-best hitting streak to seven games. He is 11-27 in the stretch with four doubles a home run and three RBI. Ten of his last 18 hits are for extra bases. Also, Yoenis Cespedes emerged from his 0-for-13 funk with a two-run double in the third inning to pull the A's to within 5-3. Entering the day, Cespedes had just one RBI in 16 games in July. Cespedes later doubled, driving in a run, and was 3-5. Seth Smith, though, extended his hitless streak to 29 at-bats in going 0-3 with a walk and three K's.
In the field
For the second day in a row, third baseman Josh Donaldson pulled off another highlight reel play. This time, he dived to his left to snag Kole Calhoun's smoked grounder, gathered himself and fired across the field to get Calhoun at first by a step to record the second out of the third inning. The play might have saved a double.
The A's announced a crowd of 25,877 at the O.co Coliseum…most of whom might not have been in their seats before Parker was trailing, 4-0. The A's averaged 26,527 for the four-game series against the Angels.
Tweet o' da game
I think Sogard is making it known to Beane that Utley is not needed -- @padilla24
A.J. Griffin (9-7, 3.84 ERA) has allowed seven home runs in his last four starts, 23 on the season, but is 3-1 with a 4.80 ERA in July. Seventeen of the 23 homers surrendered are solo shots, with only six of the 23 homers coming in Oakland. The right-hander has faced Toronto twice in his career, both times last season, and has not given up a run in 7 2/3 innings and going 1-0. Right-hander Esmil Rogers (3-4, 3.74) will start for the Blue Jays.