OAKLAND — Geovany Soto hit a go-ahead two-run homer with one out in the ninth, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied against Oakland closer Sean Doolittle to beat the Athletics 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Albert Pujols hit a two-run double in the eighth off Ryan Madson to get the Angels back in the game.
Marcus Semien homered twice and Josh Reddick drove in two runs for the A’s, who will try to avoid a sweep Wednesday afternoon.
Pujols and Mike Trout, along with reliever Joe Smith and infielder Cliff Pennington, spent the morning at Golden State Warriors practice and shooting around with the defending NBA champions. Trout even beat Draymond Green at PIG before going 0 for 4 with a strikeout in his game that mattered.
Doolittle (1-2) and Madson couldn’t get it done after Kendall Graveman’s strong start and Oakland lost its third one-run game while playing its sixth such contest.
Mike Morin retired one batter in the eighth for the win before Huston Street finished for his third save in as many days.
Semien homered in the third and again in the seventh. It was his second career two-homer game and first since May 10 last year at Seattle.
A’s designated hitter Billy Butler was back in the starting lineup for the first time in six games after sitting the past five against right-handed starters. He went 0 for 4 with a strikeout and grounded into a double play.
Pennington, who entered to run for Pujols in the eighth and stayed in the game, played first base for the first time in his nine-year career.
Graveman allowed one run on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks over six innings. He held Trout and Pujols hitless in their initial five at-bats with a strikeout and walk to cleanup hitter Pujols.