Butler and Rooker hit home runs and the Athletics beat the Angels 7-5 | Baseball

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Lawrence Butler and Brent Rooker hit home runs, Mitch Spence allowed a hit in 5 1/3 innings and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Brett Harris hit a two-run double for Oakland, which had lost seven of its last eight games and 17 of 21.

Nolan Schanuel had two hits and four RBIs for Los Angeles, which had won six of its last seven games.

Butler and Rooker hit four home runs in the fourth inning against Angels starter José Soriano.

Rooker's 16th home run came on an 0-2 knuckle curve that Soriano threw over the plate. Butler's hit to the opposite field barely grazed the foul post in left field.

Harris' two-run double in the sixth inning was the highlight of a three-run inning in which Oakland extended its lead to 7-1.

Los Angeles came within 7-3 in the seventh inning thanks to Schanuel's two-run single.

Schanuel scored a run against A's closer Mason Miller, who allowed two runs in a non-save situation in the ninth inning.

Spence (5-4) allowed one run on six hits, ending a streak of five straight starts without a win. He struck out five times and did not allow a walk. In seven consecutive starts, he had walked no more than once.

Soriano (4-6) allowed four runs on three hits in four innings. The hard-throwing right-hander was activated from the injured list earlier in the day after missing three weeks with an abdominal infection.


Angles: RHP Andrew Wantz (right elbow inflammation) was placed on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to Monday).

Athletics: RHP Ross Stripling (right elbow strain) and RHP Paul Blackburn (stress reaction in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot) could begin rehab activities this week, manager Mark Kotsay said. … RHP Tyler Ferguson and 3B Brett Harris were recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas. … LHP Sean Newcomb and SS Aledmys Díaz were designated for assignment.


Angels: Davis Daniel (1-0, 0.00 ERA) in his final start on Thursday became the first pitcher to throw at least eight scoreless innings with eight or more strikeouts in his first career start since Colorado starter Jason Jennings did so on Aug. 23, 2001 against the New York Mets.

Athletics: RHP Joey Estes (2-3, 5.24) had eight strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings of a 5-2 loss to Los Angeles on June 26.


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