ANAHEIM — Without the presence of their All-Star first baseman, the young A’s accomplished more than amass season highs of 11 runs and 18 hits, match their season best of seven doubles and add three home runs.
The A’s rallied from a five-run deficit to earn an 11-10 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in front of 38,278 at Angel Stadium.
“I think these guys have a lot of belief to begin with,” manager Bob Melvin said. “We’ve talked about this group for awhile, now. There’s just no quit.”
The game lasted 4 hours, 12 minutes and set a record as the longest home contest in the Angels’ history.
“Oh, man,” A’s outfielder Chad Pinder said. “That was a long game on both sides of the ball. We’d be out on the field forever, then they’d be out on the field forever. That was a back-and-forth game but each team battled.”
Before the game, the A’s traded Yonder Alonso to the Seattle Mariners for minor-league outfielder Boog Powell. Alonso’s 22 home runs are the most by an Oakland first baseman since Jason Giambi hit 38 in 2001.
“We’ve made a lot of changes but this one hits a little closer to home with me, with Yonder being my locker mate last year and just being like a big brother to me,” A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell said. “I hate to seem him go but that’s baseball.”
Pinder collected a career-high four hits, including a double and a home run, drove in two runs and scored twice. Mark Canha added a three-run homer that led a four-run rally. Kris Davis contributed his 29th home run of the season.
The A’s trailed 10-5 in the top of the seventh inning when Pinder hit a solo home run, his 10th of the season, into the…
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