Yunel Escobar celebrates his home run agains the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Long-balls fly in Oakland, A’s lose

OAKLAND — The first two innings of the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels game on Tuesday could’ve fooled people into believing the only way runs could be scored was by hitting the ball over the fence.

In the top of the first, Jharel Cotton surrendered a no-doubt homer to Albert Pujols, the 596th of his 17-season career.

When it was Oakland’s turn to bat, Yonder Alonso answered with a two-run shot to give the home team a brief lead.

The advantage was fleeting because Cotton gave up a pair of bombs: One to Ben Revere (his eighth in seven years) and another to Yunel Escobar. By the time he recorded the third out, Cotton had given up five runs.

Manager Bob Melvin on his young pitcher’s woes:

The Angels crossed the plate twice more before Cotton was pulled after the fifth. Not even Alonso’s second home run of the game could bring things much closer.

Alonso has two games with two or more homers in his career. They’ve both come in the last week.

The Cuban first baseman has been on a tear this season, setting a new personal record for long balls on May 9.

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Yunel Escobar celebrates his home run agains the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

Shuffling the roster

Before the game, the Athletics recalled outfielder Mark Canha from Triple A.

Jaff Decker was designated for assignment in the corresponding move.

Canha missed all but six games last year, when he had hip surgery. While playing for the Nashville Sounds, he batted .232/.345/.507 with five home runs.

Decker was mired in a 4-for-35 slump before being DFA’d.

Injury updates

Backup catcher Josh Phegley should miss the minimum amount of time after being placed on the seven-day disabled list. Manager Bob Melvin told reporters before the game on Tuesday that Phegley should be activated before Friday’s game.

Sean Manaea (shoulder tightness) threw a rehab assignment in Nashville, where he allowed two runs on four hits while striking out five over four innings.

Chris Bassitt (Tommy John recovery) followed with four innings of his own. He surrendered four runs in the outing.

Daniel Mengden (foot surgery) threw a bullpen session in which Melvin said he hit 95 mph on the radar gun.

 

Yunel Escobar celebrates his home run agains the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday. (Jacob C. Palmer/S.F. Examiner)

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