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A's rally late, walk off Halos in 11 on Lucroy's hit

After tying it in 9th on Canha's two-out bloop single, Oakland earns series win
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OAKLAND -- A two-run ninth-inning deficit and a five-man infield proved to be conquerable obstacles Sunday for the A's, who beat the Angels, 6-5, in 11 innings on the longest single of the season for Jonathan Lucroy.

With Jake Jewell, their fifth pitcher of the day, working the 11th, the Angels brought left fielder Justin Upton in to play between second and third for both Mark Canha and Lucroy.

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OAKLAND -- A two-run ninth-inning deficit and a five-man infield proved to be conquerable obstacles Sunday for the A's, who beat the Angels, 6-5, in 11 innings on the longest single of the season for Jonathan Lucroy.

With Jake Jewell, their fifth pitcher of the day, working the 11th, the Angels brought left fielder Justin Upton in to play between second and third for both Mark Canha and Lucroy.

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Canha, whose two-out single in the ninth forced extra innings, drew a walk, loading the bases. Lucroy then hit the second pitch of his at-bat to the wall in center field that the Angels' outfield didn't even bother to chase. The game-winning single gave the A's a 5-5 split of their homestand.

"I was trying not to put the ball on the ground there," Lucroy said of the odd circumstance. "I was looking for something in the air the other way, and he gave me a pitch I could handle."

Jed Lowrie, who singled to start the 11th, scored from third as the A's rushed the field.

Video: LAA@OAK: Lucroy on his walk-off in the 11th

"We needed it, man" said Lucroy, noting that the club had been swept by the Astros last week. "On the homestand, we had some good teams coming in here. We were trying to make up for that Astros series."

While Lucroy got his first walk-off RBI since Sept. 16, 2016, the game was dominated by Canha. The center fielder hit a two-run homer in the second inning -- he homered on both Mother's Day and Father's Day this year -- and in the ninth, he looped a single to center that scored Dustin Fowler with the tying run.

Video: LAA@OAK: Canha clubs a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning

If that weren't enough, in the 10th, having moved to left field, Canha sprinted 98 feet to turn in a terrific running catch of a drive off the bat of Andrelton Simmons. It was given a 5 percent catch probability, making it a 5-star catch and the most difficult catch for the A's in their first 72 games.

Video: LAA@OAK: Canha makes a 5% probability catch in 10th

"It was hit, and as an outfielder, it was, 'I've gotta go.' There was nothing much to read," Canha said. "Just run as hard as you can. I told myself I was going to catch that ball or break my neck trying."

"I thought there was no way he was going to catch that ball," said A's reliever Liam Hendriks, who was positioned in the bullpen close to where Canha set up for the play. "But he just ran it down."

The A's entered the ninth down, 5-3, before Marcus Semien homered and Canha's game-tying single. The A's bullpen shut down the Angels the final four innings, including winning pitcher Blake Treinen setting down all six men he faced, striking out three.

Video: LAA@OAK: Canha bloops a game-tying single in the 9th

The comeback eased the burden of starter Daniel Mengden, who gave up two homers and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. After allowing just six homers and eight walks in 12 starts in April and May, he has allowed eight homers and 10 walks in June.

Video: LAA@OAK: Mengden strikes out Maldonado in the 6th

"I made a couple of mistakes," Mengden said of the homers. "I'm just missing spots. But we know we are in every game. With a few good at-bats, we're right there."

Video: LAA@OAK: Melvin on walk-off win over the Angels

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After a day off Monday, the A's open a two-game set in San Diego, with right-hander Paul Blackburn facing Padres lefty Eric Lauer. It will be Blackburn's third start since joining the rotation, and the first since he gave up eight runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Astros.

John Hickey is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Canha makes great catch after clutch hit in 9th

A's outfielder hits game-tying single, two-run homer before making grab
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OAKLAND -- Mark Canha already had a big day when he turned in what could be the A's defensive play of the year in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Angels in 11 innings.

After opening the scoring with a two-run homer in the second and tying the game with a two-out single in the ninth, Canha was moved from center to left field to begin the 10th inning.

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OAKLAND -- Mark Canha already had a big day when he turned in what could be the A's defensive play of the year in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Angels in 11 innings.

After opening the scoring with a two-run homer in the second and tying the game with a two-out single in the ninth, Canha was moved from center to left field to begin the 10th inning.

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Canha was tested almost immediately, racing from left field to deep left-center to run down Andrelton Simmons' drive with one out in the 10th. According to Statcast™, Canha covered 98 feet in 5.4 seconds and reached an above-average sprint speed of 28.1 feet per second. The catch probability was 5 percent, making it a 5-star catch. It had the lowest catch probability on a grab by an A's player this season.

"I didn't think it was going out, but I didn't think he had a chance to catch that ball," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "That might be the best play we've seen him make, and he's made some good plays this year."

Video: LAA@OAK: Canha clubs a 2-run homer in the 2nd inning

Canha was determined to get to the ball.

"You are never sure right off the bat," Canha said. "But as I was running, I put my head down, took a peek and thought to myself, 'I can get this ball.'"

John Hickey is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Neuse collects two hits for fifth straight game

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

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Making his third start of the season, Forrest Whitley once again put up zeros.

Whitley, the Astros' No. 1 prospect (No. 7 overall), continued his season-opening dominance by tossing four scoreless innings on Monday as Double-A Corpus Christi blanked San Antonio, 12-0, to claim the first-half title in the Texas League South division.

It marked the third scoreless outing in as many starts for Whitley, who sat out the first 50 games of the season while serving a suspension after he failed a drug test during the offseason. He allowed two hits and one walk and struck out a season-best seven batters, throwing 51 of his 81 pitches for strikes in the performance.

The top-ranked pitcher on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list, Whitley has now compiled 12 scoreless innings across his three starts for the Hooks. The 20-year-old right-hander has racked up 18 strikeouts in that span while permitting just five hits and three walks.

In his first full season, Whitley, Houston's first-round pick in the 2016 Draft, pitched to a 2.83 ERA with a 143-to-34 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 92 1/3 innings across three levels.

Video: Top Prospects: Forrest Whitley, RHP, Astros

Pacing Corpus Christi at the plate on Monday was Astros No. 4 prospect Yordan Alvarez (No. 74 overall), who homered for a second straight game -- also his second game back from the disabled list -- before finishing 2-for-5 with four RBIs. The 20-year-old outfielder has gone deep eight times in 29 games for the Hooks and owns a 13-game hitting streak, dating back to April 25.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

No. 14 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros' No. 2) and Myles Straw (No. 20) collected three hits apiece as Triple-A Fresno downed Round Rock, 9-3. Straw, the Grizzlies' leadoff hitter, scored three runs and went 3-for-5, giving him seven hits in three games since being promoted to the Triple-A level. He also stole two bags in the contest to push his Minor League-leading total to 39 in 68 games. Tucker tallied three singles as part of a 3-for-5 performance from the two-hole that also extended his hitting streak to eight games. Josh James (No. 30) tossed six innings of one-run ball, mixing four hits with two walks and five strikeouts, en route to his second win in 13 outings (11 starts). He's pitched to a 2.23 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings (six starts) since his promotion to Fresno.

• No. 28 overall prospect Alex Verdugo (Dodgers' No. 1) stayed red hot with a pair of doubles and his second homer in as many games as part of a 3-for-4 game for Triple-A Oklahoma City. The multihit performance was Verdugo's fifth straight, and the 22-year-old outfielder has now tallied three hits in four of his past 11 games. What's more, Verdugo's last seven hits have all been for extra bases (5 2B, 2 HR) and come in his past three contests. Overall, he's hitting .350/.392/.522 with six homers and 13 doubles through 44 games.

Verdugo goes yard in second straight game

Angels No. 8 prospect Matt Thaiss hit a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the ninth inning for Triple-A Salt Lake, only to see the Bees' bullpen blow the lead in the bottom of the frame. The home run was Thaiss' fifth in 22 games at the Triple-A level and 11th in 62 games this season including his time in Double-A. The 23-year-old first baseman finished the game with two hits, going 2-for-5 out of the leadoff spot.

Thaiss blasts grand slam in 9th

A's No. 11 prospect Sheldon Neuse collected exactly two hits for a fifth straight game, going 2-for-4 with a triple, but it wasn't enough to keep Triple-A Nashville from falling to Albuquerque, 3-2. The 23-year-old infielder has improved his average from .193 to .217 during the aforementioned five-game stretch but remains homer-less -- in the Pacific Coast League, too -- through 66 games this season after connecting on a career-best 16 homers in 117 games in 2017.

Cardinals No. 3 prospect Dakota Hudson turned in his eighth quality start in 13 starts as he pitched Triple-A Memphis past El Paso, 6-1. Working six strong innings, Hudson allowed one earned run on eight hits and two walks while striking out four. He recorded eight ground-ball outs, throwing 63 of his 104 pitches for strikes. Don't be surprised if Hudson soon gets a crack at the big leagues, as the 23-year-old righty has allowed just one earned run in his last three starts (20 innings) and currently leads qualified Pacific Coast League hurlers with a 2.13 ERA.

Giants No. 5 prospect Austin Slater hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat and later added a double to finish 2-for-4 in Triple-A Sacramento's loss against New Orleans. The home run was the 25-year-old outfielder's first of the month and fifth this season in 51 games, during which he's hitting .337/.413/.563.

Twins No. 21 prospect Luis Arraez recorded a season-high four hits out of the leadoff spot as Class A Advanced Fort Myers edged Tampa, 6-5. The 21-year-old second baseman is hitting .448 in 15 games this month after posting a combined .205 average during the season's first two months. Arraez's overall average, meanwhile, sits at .286 thanks to his torrid stretch.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Semien has dad on hand for Father's Day

Damien Semien was receiver at Cal from 1990-93
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OAKLAND -- A's shortstop Marcus Semien had a special guest at the Coliseum on Father's Day -- his father, Damien.

Marcus was born while Damien was playing football at Cal-Berkeley in 1990. He grew up going to Cal games, one reason he picked Cal to play collegiate baseball.

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OAKLAND -- A's shortstop Marcus Semien had a special guest at the Coliseum on Father's Day -- his father, Damien.

Marcus was born while Damien was playing football at Cal-Berkeley in 1990. He grew up going to Cal games, one reason he picked Cal to play collegiate baseball.

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Now Marcus is eagerly exploring fatherhood from the other side of the spectrum following the births of son Isaiah in April 2017 and second son, Joshua, two weeks ago. Both were also in attendance Sunday.

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"My boys are still so young that they don't get Father's Day," Semien said Sunday before the A's played the Angels in their homestand finale. "It's cool. My job is to be there for them, to love them and provide for them, and it's been very fun."

Damien was on hand to watch Marcus play Sunday with the hope that his son will go deep as part of Prostate Cancer Foundation's Home Run Challenge, which has given fans the chance to make a one-time monetary donation or pledge for every home run hit by their favorite clubs in a "Team vs. Team" competition. As of Friday, more than $1.85 million had been pledged for 2018, and every dollar goes to PCF to fund critical research to defeat prostate cancer. Since its inception, the initiative has raised nearly $50 million.

For more information, visit PCF.org.

John Hickey is a contributor to MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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Luzardo, Murphy fuel win for Double-A Midland

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

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California League pitchers are learning the hard way that Jo Adell's power is for real.

Adell, the Angels' No. 1 prospect (No. 53 overall), connected on a leadoff home run before finishing 3-for-4 with two RBIs as he led Class A Advanced Inland Empire past Rancho Cucamonga, 3-1.

The homer was Adell's fifth in his past 10 games, during which he also has collected at least three hits on five occasions while hitting an even .500 (21-for-42).

The 19-year-old outfielder has hit eight home runs in 25 games since being promoted to Inland Empire, while his season total now sits at 14 homers in 50 games including his time with Class A Burlington.

What's more, Adell's last four home runs have all come in the first inning -- something he also did twice with Burlington.

Altogether, the 2017 No. 10 overall Draft pick owns a .318/.373/.617 slash line with 30 extra-base hits, 47 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in his first full season.

Adell blasts leadoff homer

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Sunday

No. 31 overall prospect Jesus Luzardo (A's No. 2) posted his second straight scoreless start, working five strong frames in Double-A Midland's win against Frisco. The 20-year-old left-hander scattered three hits with two walks and one strikeout while throwing 45 of his 77 pitches for strikes. He's allowed just one earned run on nine hits in 15 innings over his past three starts. Catcher Sean Murphy (A's No. 6, No. 92 overall) helped his pitcher by going 2-for-3 with a solo home run and three runs scored. He's gone deep three times in his past seven games, giving him seven homers in 53 games for the season.

Luzardo fans first batter of day

• No. 47 overall prospect Matt Manning (Tigers' No. 2) wrapped up his week by notching a win in his longest start this season for Class A West Michigan. Working seven scoreless innings, the 20-year-old right-hander allowed three hits and one walk to go along with six strikeouts. Now 10 starts into his season, Manning owns a 3.70 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 28 walks in 48 2/3 innings. Jose Azocar (No. 17) paced the Whitecaps' offense by going 4-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and two RBIs. After struggling in the Florida State League to begin his season, Azocar has produced a .304/.353/.506 batting line since a demotion to West Michigan.

Manning finishes seven scoreless

• No. 74 overall prospect Yordan Alvarez (Astros' No. 4) came off the disabled list to hit a two-run homer, his seventh, that helped power Double-A Corpus Christi to an 8-6 win over San Antonio. The 20-year-old outfielder actually hit a pair of home runs on Saturday, only to have the game canceled due to weather. Regardless, Alvarez, after finishing 2-for-5 with three RBIs on Sunday, has now hit in 12 straight games dating back to April 25.

Alvarez goes yard

Blue Jays No. 17 prospect Ryan Noda stayed hot with a 3-for-4 performance for Class A Lansing that included his eighth home run of the season and seventh in his past 10 games. The 2017 15th-rounder has been on a tear since the beginning of June, hitting .400/.463/.889 with eight extra-base hits and 18 RBIs in 12 games.

Brewers No. 21 prospect Trey Supak was a tough-luck loser despite turning in his best Double-A start in Biloxi's 2-1 loss against Mississippi. He allowed two runs but both were unearned as the result of his own second-inning error. Otherwise, the 22-year-old righty allowed just four hits and matched his season high with eight strikeouts over six strong innings. Keston Hiura (No. 1, No. 45 overall) had another strong game at the plate for the Shuckers as he finished 2-for-5 with a double. The 21-year-old second baseman owns a .383/.431/.550 batting line in 16 games since his June 1 promotion to the Southern League.

Dodgers No. 23 prospect Tony Gonsolin posted a career-high nine strikeouts and did not issue a walk as he completed seven innings for the second time this season in a no-decision for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Gonsolin allowed one earned run on four hits and generated another eight outs via ground balls, throwing 62 of his 90 pitches for strikes in the outing. The 24-year-old righty owns a 2.97 ERA over 14 starts, with 77 strikeouts and 22 walks in 69 2/3 innings.

Giants No. 28 prospect Jason Bahr allowed one earned run on two hits (one being a solo homer) in a no-decision for Class A Augusta. He issued two walks and struck out nine in the outing to push his season total to 88, second most in the South Atlantic League, through 68 2/3 innings (13 starts). He's pitched to a 2.75 ERA and held hitters to a .211 average in that span.

Indians No. 5 prospect Nolan Jones' two-run home run accounted for all of Class A Lake County's offense in a 6-2 loss against Bowling Green. Finishing 2-for-4, Jones was the lone Captains player to tally multiple hits. The 20-year-old third baseman is having a strong first full season, with a .276/.395/.442 batting line and eight home runs through 55 games. He's been especially hot of late, too, with 17 hits and a .447 average across his past 10 contests.

Video: Top Prospects: Nolan Jones, 3B, Indians

Indians No. 25 prospect Tyler Krieger hit a pair of home runs, stole two bases and was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate for Double-A Akron. He's homered five times this season and thrice in his past two contests after connecting on a solo shot Saturday. The 24-year-old outfielder-second baseman's batting average jumped from .210 to .229 with the five-hit performance, the second of his career.

Rays No. 26 prospect Resly Linares was lights-out for five innings as he recorded his first win of the season for Class A Bowling Green. The 20-year-old lefty allowed just one hit in the performance, issuing one walk with a season-high eight strikeouts. He threw 73 pitches in the outing, 47 for strikes.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

A's host Pitch, Hit & Run event at the Coliseum

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OAKLAND -- The A's hosted the Team Championship round of the Scotts Pitch, Hit & Run competition on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum, with 24 kids ages 7-14 competing in their age groups.

The participants threw at a strike-zone target, hit balls off a tee at home plate and ran from second base to home in the competition.

OAKLAND -- The A's hosted the Team Championship round of the Scotts Pitch, Hit & Run competition on Sunday at Oakland Coliseum, with 24 kids ages 7-14 competing in their age groups.

The participants threw at a strike-zone target, hit balls off a tee at home plate and ran from second base to home in the competition.

In addition to being recognized during a pregame ceremony before the A's game with the Angels, the winners will be ranked nationally -- with the top participants in each age group advancing to the Scotts MLB Pitch, Hit & Run National Finals during MLB All-Star Week.

Kabir Faiz, an account manager for MLB Pitch, Hit & Run who helped run the event, said the highlight for him was the chance for kids to experience playing on a big league field.

"Being able to step on a Major League field -- competing on a field that some of their heroes, some of their favorite players get to compete on -- it's a great reward for them," Faiz said. "It's amazing, and they're all smiles. It's an awesome experience for all the families alike, so it's great."

The participants on Sunday each won at their local and sectional competitions -- with 650,000 kids in the country competing every year.

"These are the elite of the elite that make it to this level," Faiz said.

In its 22nd year, the program is free for all hosts and participants and is part of the Play Ball initiative between Major League Baseball and USA Baseball that seeks to promote youth participation in baseball activities.

Results

7/8 Softball Division
1. Logan Paredes (Rancho Cordova, Calif.)
2. Emmelyn Goodpasture (Wilton, Calif.)
3. Addison Rizzio (Marysville, Calif.)

9/10 Softball Division
1. Sophia O Quelly (Woodland, Calif.)
2. Kendall Bridgeford (Shasta Lake, Calif.)
3. Jaelee Hammes (Sun Valley, Nev.)

11/12 Softball Division
1. Aila Cordell (Gold River, Calif.)
2. Ava Goodpasture (Wilton, Calif.)
3. Lilly Snider (Marysville, Calif.)

13/14 Softball Division
1. Emily McCalla (Galt, Calif.)
2. Azaria Sanchez (Fresno, Calif.)
3. Lydia Rigby (Sun Valley, Nev.)

7/8 Baseball Division
1. Andres Reyna (Merced, Calif.)
2. Zach Clifford (Rocklin, Calif.)
3. Braden McCormack (Marina, Calif.)

9/10 Baseball Division
1. Jayden Wong (Rancho Cordova, Calif.)
2. Aidan Cruz (Sun Valley, Nev.)
3. Brodie Ogden (McArthur, Calif.)

11/12 Baseball Division
1. Matthew Lewis (Elverta, Calif.)
2. Kaden Sackett (Rancho Cordova, Calif.)
3. Weston Deboer (Reno, Nev.)

13/14 Baseball Division
1. Thomas Meyer III (Rio Linda, Calif.)
2. Daniel Lewis (Rocklin, Calif.)
3. Wesley Simpson (Carson City, Nev.)

Eric He is a reporter for MLB.com based in Oakland.

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Bats rally behind Manaea as A's snap skid

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OAKLAND -- The A's rallied behind Sean Manaea to snap their season-high four-game losing streak, mounting a four-run sixth inning that propelled them to 6-4 victory over the Angels on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.

The win featured solo homers from Chad Pinder and Marcus Semien -- the sixth for each this season -- and allowed the A's to put a six-game losing streak against American League West competition to rest.

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OAKLAND -- The A's rallied behind Sean Manaea to snap their season-high four-game losing streak, mounting a four-run sixth inning that propelled them to 6-4 victory over the Angels on Saturday afternoon at the Coliseum.

The win featured solo homers from Chad Pinder and Marcus Semien -- the sixth for each this season -- and allowed the A's to put a six-game losing streak against American League West competition to rest.

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"We needed that," said Stephen Piscotty, who delivered the go-ahead hit in the sixth. "Dropped four straight, and teams all throughout baseball go through this, and it's just a matter of how you battle back. We haven't lost any confidence, any faith, we've just got to keep going. We've got a good team."

Video: LAA@OAK: Semien smashes a solo homer to center field

Pinder reached base in all four plate appearances, scoring three runs and falling a double short of the cycle.

Manaea, who didn't allow a baserunner through his first four innings, earned a win for the first time since May 14, stringing together six strong innings, his lone blemish a three-run homer to Chris Young in the fifth.

The lefty has pitched to a 3.38 ERA this month. Following a disastrous May, he's looking more like the hurler who earned AL Pitcher of the Month honors in April.

"The season, there's ebbs and flows, and when you have that kind of an April and you don't follow it up, it kind of stays in there," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "You kind of doubt yourself a little bit. But all it takes for a guy of his caliber and talent level is to get a good outing or two under his belt and then he's back to pitching confidently, and when he's confident he usually pitches games like that."

Video: LAA@OAK: Manaea strikes out Trout for a second time

"I would say I'm a little more calm in gathering my thoughts and not just thinking about the very, very little things that I can't be worried about during games," Manaea said.

Trailing 3-1 entering the sixth, the A's got a leadoff homer from Semien to knock lefty John Lamb -- making his first big league start since July 16, 2016 -- out of the game. Right-hander Noe Ramirez stumbled out of the gate, hitting two batters and walking another to load the bases with one out. Pinch-hitter Dustin Fowler struck out, but Jonathan Lucroy kept the rally alive with a game-tying walk, setting the stage for Piscotty's go-ahead, two-run single.

"You want to come through, but you've got to shrink the zone there and not expand, and know that the pressure's on him in that situation," said Piscotty, who is 10-for-29 on the homestand. "Just curb the excitement and the adrenaline and really shrink the zone and see something in the middle of the plate."

"One bad pitch, now we're down by two runs," Melvin said, "and it's feeling like one of those games where we're not taking advantage of what we can do offensively, going through a little rut, and then we got contributions from everybody. Our at-bats, like we've seen in the past, got better as the game went along."

Jed Lowrie's RBI single extended the A's lead in the seventh, and closer Blake Treinen held the Halos to one run in a wobbly ninth inning to pick up his 15th save, stranding two.

Video: LAA@OAK: Lowrie plates Pinder with a single to center

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Treinen walked each of his first two batters, throwing 11 of his first 16 pitches for balls in his first outing in six days. The right-hander found himself in a full count against Martin Maldonado, who ran into a fly ball for the first out. Treinen struck out his next batter, Young, and surrendered an RBI single to pinch-hitter Jose Miguel Fernandez before inducing a game-ending grounder off the bat of Luis Valbuena.

Treinen has converted each of his last 12 save opportunities for a total of 15 on the year and is carrying a 1.13 ERA as he continues his All-Star bid.

"The double-edged sword with a guy like him is you want to make sure you use him in games that you need him," Melvin said, "and certain times during the season when you use him a lot, he needs breaks, but how long is too long for a break? And maybe this time was a little bit too long. It's different when you get the adrenaline going into a game, and I'm glad he was able to lock it down after that."

Video: LAA@OAK: Treinen notches 15th save as A's top Angels

SOUND SMART
The A's are the only team in the Majors that has not lost a game when leading after seven innings, improving to 26-0 after Saturday.

HE SAID IT
"He gives great at-bats, and his versatility is huge, based on guys that might need a day, or the DL or whatever. He's filled in really nicely. It's not easy to do, to have three days off, and then all of a sudden you're playing. It's a tough routine, and he's handled it better than most guys I've seen." -- Piscotty, on Pinder

Video: LAA@OAK: Pinder opens the scoring with a solo homer

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Semien made a nice backhand stop in the hole on a David Fletcher ground ball and fired to first for the final out of the third inning -- just barely. The Angels, thinking Fletcher may have beaten the throw, challenged the ruling, but upon further review the call would stand, allowing Manaea to get through his first three innings without allowing a hit.

Video: LAA@OAK: Semien nabs Fletcher at first, call stands

UP NEXT
Right-hander Daniel Mengden, 0-2 with a 12.46 ERA in two June starts, will look to get back on track in a start against the Angels on Sunday afternoon. Los Angeles will counter with left-hander Andrew Heaney (3-5, 3.68) in the 1:05 p.m. PT series finale at the Coliseum.

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Chapman goes on DL; A's call up Barreto

Third baseman has battled hand injury since spring; Lowrie to cover hot corner
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OAKLAND -- The A's will be without third baseman Matt Chapman indefinitely, forcing a shift in their infield alignment.

Veteran Jed Lowrie, the everyday man at second base, has been asked to pick up coverage at third, allowing infield prospect Franklin Barreto -- recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday -- to clock time at second.

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OAKLAND -- The A's will be without third baseman Matt Chapman indefinitely, forcing a shift in their infield alignment.

Veteran Jed Lowrie, the everyday man at second base, has been asked to pick up coverage at third, allowing infield prospect Franklin Barreto -- recalled from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday -- to clock time at second.

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A's manager Bob Melvin said Lowrie was immediately on board with the idea.

"I'll tell you what, for a guy that has a chance to make an All-Star team this year, when I brought it up to him, he was, 'Let's do it,'" Melvin said. "He's doing the best he can for his team, and it's really admirable. No questions, just, 'Whatever you need me to do,' and we appreciate that.

"For a guy that has the versatility and has played the position before, it helps us out, but for him to be up for it from the second we talked about it, is really appreciated by the team and the staff."

Lowrie played three innings at third last fall following a Chapman ejection, but Saturday marked his first start at the position since 2015, when he played the corner regularly for the Astros.

"I haven't done the reps, so just try to acclimate as quickly as possible," Lowrie said. "When you take ground balls every day at one position, your body is used to it. You're using the same muscle group every day. It's just different."

Chapman was added to the disabled list Saturday with a right thumb contusion and is scheduled for an exam with hand surgeon Dr. Steven Shin in Los Angeles on Monday. That didn't stop Chapman from taking ground balls Saturday morning. The tireless infielder, who had played in each of the club's first 69 games before sitting out Friday, was hitting .368 in June.

Chapman saw Shin in November and again in Spring Training for the same issue. He received a cortisone shot in February and could potentially get another to alleviate the discomfort.

This is Barreto's third stint with the big league club this season, but the first that could provide an extended opportunity. He was hitless in six at-bats in five games over his previous two tours with the A's. He is the A's No. 3 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.

"This has been one of our top prospects for years now, and he's still only 22 years old," Melvin said. "The times he's been here, he hasn't gotten the opportunity to play almost every day, so this will be a nice opportunity for him, and I'd like to see him get off to a good start, because he's a very talented player."

Right-hander Josh Lucas joined Barreto from Triple-A Nashville ahead of the A's matchup with the Angels, as righty Carlos Ramirez was optioned.

Worth noting

Right-hander Brett Anderson (shoulder) threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session Saturday morning and could be nearing a Minor League rehab assignment, Melvin said.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Two-sport star Murray comes to terms with A's

First-round Draft pick plans to play one season at QB for Oklahoma
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OAKLAND -- The reasonable hesitation that accompanied thoughts of selecting a two-sport athlete surely infiltrated the A's Draft room. Billy Beane sensed it.

"Everyone was sort of dancing around the obvious," Oakland's vice president of baseball operations said. "I knew who they really wanted, but they were fearful of sort of dealing with the whole football issue."

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OAKLAND -- The reasonable hesitation that accompanied thoughts of selecting a two-sport athlete surely infiltrated the A's Draft room. Billy Beane sensed it.

"Everyone was sort of dancing around the obvious," Oakland's vice president of baseball operations said. "I knew who they really wanted, but they were fearful of sort of dealing with the whole football issue."

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The talent at stake: Oklahoma Sooner standout Kyler Murray. The risk at stake: Murray wished to succeed Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at quarterback in the fall before resuming baseball.

Video: LAA@OAK: Murray on signing with A's, playing football

The novelty of it all scared off other teams, agent Scott Boras said. The A's, though, were enamored with his athleticism.

"And probably about 36 hours before the Draft, I was talking to David [Forst]," Beane said, "and I said, 'We should take Kyler Murray; that's who everyone wants to take.'

"Everyone kind of looked at me as if [asking], 'Is that OK?' And I said, 'Yeah, we're going to do it. If it's the best player, we're going to take him.' I think it really energized everyone. No one really wanted to mention the whole football thing and I said, 'Hey, listen guys. In January, we're going to be really excited that this kid is playing for the Oakland A's. We're going to be hitting ourselves in January if we haven't taken this kid.' That's when we called Scott, and it happened pretty quickly."

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Beane and the A's officially agreed to terms with Murray's camp on Friday to a deal that includes a $4.66 million signing bonus, per MLB.com's Jim Callis -- slightly under slot value for the No. 9 selection, which is $4,761,500.

The A's hosted Murray and several members of his family at the Coliseum on Friday, including his father, Kevin Murray, a former Texas A&M quarterback and Brewers farmhand; and his uncle, Calvin Murray, a two-time first-rounder and five-year Major Leaguer.

Boras, whose clientele includes A's third baseman Matt Chapman, was also on hand to introduce Murray. The speedy outfielder, donned in green and gold, took batting practice with the big league squad, exchanging pleasantries with the likes of manager Bob Melvin and slugger Khris Davis.

"A little surreal, obviously, getting to play a professional sport, whichever one it was, but it's been a great day, and I'm just thankful and blessed," Murray said. "I can't put it into words, but I'm just thankful."

"I can say this with a tremendous amount of pride," Beane said. "This is one of the most dynamic athletes that we've selected since I've been here. People ask me, 'Who does he remind you of?' I'm not sure I can really come up with anyone, and I don't want to put any pressure on him, but he's a phenomenal athlete."

Murray, posed the same question, didn't hesitate.

"The big one is Rickey Henderson," he said. "I've watched a lot of his film. Great player, great legend, obviously, but I'm pretty confident in my own skills."

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"If that's the comp people are talking about," Melvin said, smiling, "we're OK with that."

Murray, 20, will play one more year of football at Oklahoma, before reporting to Arizona next spring to begin his professional baseball career.

"This guy is fun to watch play football," Beane said. "I'm looking forward to it, I'm not fearing it, mainly because I think the athletic ability is going to be fun to watch and he's going to be fine.

"He's really fun to watch on a football field, and he's going to be fun to watch on a baseball field. It's neat that he gets to do both, and that the country gets to see both, but we're going to get the best years, and he's going to have a great baseball career."

Said Melvin: "We have a little vested interest in watching Oklahoma football this year -- with our eyes closed and our ears plugged."

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Eck mascot tries to escape dinosaurs

The A's fell to the Angels on Friday night, 8-4, but it was almost so much worse. At one point, it looked like they would lose one of their greats, Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley. No, not the actual player -- the racing A's mascot.

During a break in the action, dinosaurs burst onto the field and began to chase after Eckersley.

Bassitt, A's pay for mistakes against Angels

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OAKLAND -- The A's continue to be tormented by their divisional foes.

The unabated trend has harmed their stock: Friday's 8-4 series-opening loss to the Angels left them two games under .500 at 34-36 -- a record that includes a 10-25 mark against American League West opponents.

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OAKLAND -- The A's continue to be tormented by their divisional foes.

The unabated trend has harmed their stock: Friday's 8-4 series-opening loss to the Angels left them two games under .500 at 34-36 -- a record that includes a 10-25 mark against American League West opponents.

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The A's were mighty happy to see the Astros leave town on Thursday following a forgettable three-game sweep, but their new guests treated them much the same, jumping out to an eight-run lead before the home club reached the board.

Defensive blunders led to four unearned runs under the watch of right-hander Chris Bassitt, who was forced to throw 102 pitches in four innings.

Video: LAA@OAK: Melvin on tough start in loss to the Angels

"The early part of the game was about as bad as we've played," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Kept grinding and came back, which is good to see. You don't want to just continue to play a bad game like that.

"Against Kansas City we played a little better, against Houston they gave it to us, and then we had a really rough start today. Hopefully we can come out and play a lot better tomorrow."

Bassitt, pitching in place of an injured Trevor Cahill a second time, was charged with six runs. He allowed seven hits, including Ian Kinsler's solo homer in the fourth, after holding the Royals to three hits and one run last week.

"Just didn't seem as crisp," Melvin said. "He threw a lot of pitches in four innings. They did foul some pitches off, but it means you're not as in command of where you're throwing the baseball. That was the biggest difference."

Video: LAA@OAK: Trout, Upton score on a throwing error

Bassitt's own throwing error on an Albert Pujols ground ball led to two runs in the opening frame, and fill-in third baseman Chad Pinder's erroneous throw thwarted a potential double play in the third, leading to yet another unwarranted run.

"I fielded a ground ball with my bare hand, and when I did, just a funky throw," Bassitt said. "I kind of had some time, knowing Pujols doesn't really run that well, but I obviously sailed it. I obviously wish I had that back, because things just kind of started to snowball."

Having to play catch-up, the A's managed just two unearned runs against Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs in his seven innings, both coming with two outs in the fifth when Josh Phegley and Marcus Semien teamed up for back-to-back RBI doubles. Wild pitches helped the A's tack on runs in the eighth and ninth innings.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Bassitt was tagged for consecutive singles by Mike Trout and Justin Upton to begin the third inning, but he managed to induce a potential double-play ball off the bat of Pujols -- only for Pinder, subbing for Matt Chapman (right hand contusion), to make an errant throw to second base, bringing in a run. Bassitt subsequently needed 27 pitches before recording a single out in the inning, exiting the frame with a pitch count of 72.

Video: LAA@OAK: Trout scores from second on a throwing error

SOUND SMART
The A's have lost 12 of their last 13 games against AL West competition. They're 24-11 against all other teams.

HE SAID IT
"He's very important for us, especially for us with the potential of losing Chapman for a while, too. You need to lean on the guys in the middle of your lineup a little bit more. Everybody's going go through slumps. Some guys are a little bit more meaningful than others, but to see him get three hits tonight, both left- and right-handed, is a good sign." -- Melvin, on Jed Lowrie, who recorded three hits after entering the day with one hit in his last 24 at-bats

UP NEXT
Lefty Sean Manaea will toe the rubber for Saturday's 1:05 p.m. PT matchup with the Angels. Manaea (5-6, 3.59 ERA) faced the Halos on March 30, yielding a lone run across 7 2/3 innings in a tough-luck loss. He'll be opposed by lefty John Lamb, who will be recalled from Triple-A for his first Major League start since 2016.

Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.

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Beck extends streak to eight games

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Friday.

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Zack Brown fell one out short of throwing a no-hitter, but still went the distance as he recorded the first complete game and shutout of his career in Double-A Biloxi's 5-0 win over Mississippi.

The Brewers' No. 23 prospect kept the M-Braves off the basepaths for the first seven innings before an error by Biloxi right fielder Trent Grisham to open the eighth inning ended Brown's chance at a perfect game. He rebounded to set down the next three batters in order, and then retired the first two batters in the ninth before allowing a single on a soft fly ball to center field with two outs.

Brown would get the next and final Mississippi batter to ground out to shortstop to seal his one-hit shutout. He struck out eight and matched his season-high mark by throwing 109 pitches (71 strikes) in the outing.

Tabbed by Brewers club officials as a potential breakout candidate heading into 2018, Brown has done just that.

Assigned to Double-A to open the season, even though he made just four Class A Advanced Carolina starts in 2017, Brown -- a 2016 fifth-round pick out of the University of Kentucky -- has been anything but overmatched in the Southern League. In addition to his perfect 6-0 record in 14 starts, the 23-year-old right-hander leads the qualified hurlers in the circuit in both WHIP (1.00) and innings pitched (85 1/3) and ranks third in ERA (tied, 2.53) and strikeouts (84). Opposing hitters, meanwhile, are batting just .204 against him.

Brown has been especially sharp over his last four starts, pitching to a 1.33 ERA with 32 strikeouts and just 13 hits allowed in 27 innings.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Friday

No. 5 overall prospect Nick Senzel (Reds' No. 1) has collected multiple hits in six straight games after finishing 2-for-5 with a double in Triple-A Louisville's 5-2 win over Toledo. The 22-year-old infielder has 14 hits and a .500 average (14-for-28) in that span, during which he's boosted his overall average from .256 to .302.

• No. 14 overall prospect Kyle Tucker (Astros' No. 2) cleared the bases with a double as he recorded three hits for the third time in five games for Triple-A Fresno. The 21-year-old outfielder finished 3-for-5 at the plate, also stealing two bases in the contest. Tucker is quietly putting up big numbers in his first Triple-A campaign, as his latest performance gives him a .288/.359/.484 batting line with nine home runs, 20 doubles, 52 RBIs and 10 steals through 61 games.

Tucker doubles in three

• No. 18 overall prospect Royce Lewis (Twins' No. 1) collected three run-scoring hits as he matched his season high with four RBIs in Class A Cedar Rapids' 14-2 win over Peoria. The 2017 No. 1 overall pick connected on a first-inning solo homer and later added a pair of RBI singles to finish 3-for-5. It was the third multihit performance in four games for Lewis, who's slashing .298/.342/.454 with six homers, 16 doubles and 16 steals through 54 games in his first full season.

Lewis hits a solo blast

• No. 42 overall prospect Adrian Morejon (Padres' No. 6) was a bat-missing machine as he recorded 12 of his 18 outs via the strikeout in a strong outing for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. The dozen strikeouts marked a career high for the Morejon, who ultimately allowed two earned runs on three hits and a walk in the outing. The 19-year-old lefty owns a 3.59 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings this season and has now struck out at least seven batters while completing at least six frames in three straight starts.

A's No. 7 prospect Austin Beck extended his hitting streak to eight games with his second four-hit game of the season for Class A Beloit. He finished 4-for-5 at the plate, tallying a double, three runs scored and two RBIs in Beloit's 9-2 win over Clinton. With one home run in 57 games this season, Beck hasn't yet tapped into the robust raw power that in part made him the No. 6 overall pick in last year's Draft. The good news, however, is that the 19-year-old outfielder is hitting for average (.298/.339/.368), while keeping his strikeouts in check (56 K's in 57 games).

• After being reinstated from the disabled list earlier in the day, Nationals No. 13 prospect Luis Reyes contributed on both sides of the ball to help Double-A Harrisburg blank Richmond, 3-0. The 23-year-old righty impressed on the mound by allowing four hits and four walks with three strikeouts in six scoreless innings, and he also helped his cause at the plate by delivering a solo home run in the fifth inning while also reaching once via a walk. The homer was Reyes' first career hit and came in his eighth pro at-bat.

Orioles No. 29 prospect Ryan McKenna stayed red hot by tallying an extra-base hit in both ends of Class A Advanced Frederick's doubleheader against Down East. He fared particularly well in the nightcap, going 2-for-4 with his eighth home run after hitting a double as part of a 1-for-3 showing in the opener. The 21-year-old's .374 average through 66 games this season is tops in the Carolina League and ranks second in the Minors behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr. McKenna also leads the Carolina League in OBP (.466), slugging (.557), hits (95), total bases (141) and runs scored (59).

Yankees No. 9 prospect Dillon Tate scattered four hits and two walks and racked up a season-best 10 strikeouts over 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a no-decision for Double-A Trenton. The 24-year-old righty has permitted more than two earned runs once in his past seven starts, during which he's lowered his season ERA from 5.24 to 3.11. He's compiled 62 strikeouts and 16 walks and held hitters to a paltry .214 average in 66 2/3 innings (12 starts) this season.

Tate's 10th strikeout

Yankees No. 10 prospect Matt Sauer was unhittable over six innings in his season debut for Class A Short Season Staten Island. The 2017 second-rounder faced the minimum in the performance, issuing one walk and striking out three while throwing 49 of his 75 pitches for strikes. It was the seventh career start for 19-year-old righty after he posted a 5.40 ERA over 11 2/3 innings (six starts) last year in his pro debut.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.