ANAHEIM — Collin Cowgill’s soft groundout to third wasn’t a terribly appropriate way to end a seven-game winning streak and a rollicking homestand that propelled the Los Angeles Angels back into playoff position.
The Angels still packed up and headed for four games in Texas knowing they control their postseason destiny, even after committing four errors and giving up seven unearned runs in an 8-7 loss to the Athletics on Wednesday night.
One day after the Angels (83-75) completed a two-month chase by passing Houston for the second AL wild-card spot, their mistake-filled loss in their regular-season home finale further complicated the playoff race.
Ryan Dull (1-1) got five outs for his first major league win for the A’s, who won for the second time in 11 games.
Barry Zito pitched four innings in perhaps the final start of his major league career, leaving with a lead despite yielding four hits and four walks. The 37-year-old Zito, a 15-year veteran and former Cy Young Award winner, spent most of this season in the minors.
“There’s nice bookends,” said Zito, whose major league debut was a win over the Angels in Oakland. “I’m from Southern California, so it was great to come back down here. I had a lot of friends in the stands – 30 people came tonight – and a lot of support. … I just want to get home and consider everything, but I feel complete with everything.”